Ecoscape as a company is as diverse as the landscapes that we create. We are comprised of a very dynamic group of fascinating beings that have come together to share the vision of creating beautiful and functional landscapes for your enjoyment. We are made up of organic farmers, engineers, Permaculturalists, foresters, backcountry trail builders, cooks, botanists, environmentalists, yoga lovers, herbalists, nurserymen, poets, photographers, entomologists, music and mountain lovers, and much more…
Bill Melvin – Owner, Managing Director
Bill is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s School of Environmental Design in Boulder where he focused on landscape architecture. He has been a certified Permaculture Designer since 1997, has extensive experience working the land for over 2 decades as a landscaper, organic farmer, forester, and in outdoor education. And since 2000 Bill has been owner of Ecoscape, working with his clients to create landscape that are not only beautiful, but appropriate for our region.
Bill hails from the Hudson River Valley of New York. As a young man Bill was enticed by the mountains of Colorado where he relocated to in the late 80’s, and truly discovered the wonders of nature. Bill shares his passion for our native flora, edible and medicinal landscaping, and ecological land management through his teachings, locally and beyond. He has been an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University, has taught workshops at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and through local non- profit organizations.
When not working, Bill spends much of his time playing in the outdoors of Colorado with his wife Jen and son Daniel. Whenever possible he loves to escape to the hills for skiing, biking, hiking, and mushroom hunting forays. His extensive travels around the country and the world keep him in search of inspiring natural wonders and culinary delights!
Andrew Mehlhorn Haller – Landscape Manager
As an avid outdoorsman, Andrew acquired an appreciation for working with the land. From Ohio to New Zealand to England, he has honed his skills working as an apprentice to master craftsmen and applying his leadership as foreman and project manager of a wide array of landscape projects. His skills are welcomed here at Ecoscape where he continues to learn our local flora while creating lovely, sustainable landscapes.
Andrew lives with his wife, Janka (pronounced Yan-ka) and young toddler Eliyah in Coal Creek Canyon. He thoroughly enjoys reading, dreaming up and working on projects for their new mountain home, watching stimulating films, eating nutritious and delicious home-cooked meals, tending to their animals (including goats, chickens, cats and a great white Pyrenees who goes by the name of Montana) and many, many other things (ex: watching and marveling at hummingbirds’ mastery of flight).
Sue Rigdon – Landscape Design & Botany
Sue inherited an adventurous spirit and love of nature from her parents and traveled extensively as a child throughout the US and overseas giving her a broad appreciation of diverse cultures and ecosystems. During a brief stay in Boulder, she fell in love with the surrounding beauty and Colorado lifestyle and decided to call it home,
raising two daughters with her photographer/musician husband.
Sue has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Washington, Seattle, and studied in the Master’s program of Architecture & Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver. Additional years of experience in related fields allow her to create naturally beautiful and sustainable outdoor spaces.
She enjoys working with clients to create personalized landscapes that meet their specific needs using plant material with pleasing layers of color, texture and form that change with the seasons.
Sue is at her happiest hiking, tending plants and designing landscapes. She also loves travel, books, quirky ceramics, sitting in sunbeams and black & white photography. Her own gardens have been featured in Boulder’s Eccentric Artists Garden tour and are examples of water-wise planting.
Jim Haswell – Landscape Design & Business Development
After earning his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University, Jim headed to Los Angeles to launch his professional career. This led to eight years of private and commercial landscape projects on the coast, and then… the mountains called him back home to Colorado.
While working with a variety of firms in Denver, Jim reoriented his love of the landscape to the needs of the Front Range. Next came more than ten years of design/build experience, working on both residential and commercial projects. Much of Jim’s recent experience is in designing and creating outdoor living spaces for residential homeowners. Listening to client’s hopes and dreams combined with a design approach that marries form and function, Jim continues to please those that enjoy our wonderful Colorado outdoors.
Cultural and landscape photography is another of Jim’s passions, you can enjoy viewing his images in a variety of local galleries and restaurants. With his daughter and fiance (and large extended family), you can find Jim traveling to faraway places, gardening, snowboarding, yoga-ing, cycling and on long walks in the Rockies.
Laura Green – Landscape Design
Laura has been a Landscape Designer with Ecoscape since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Communications from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her two daughters convinced her to return to school to pursue her passion to for plants and design. Thus began Laura’s endeavors at Front Range Community College where she attained a Certification of Landscape Design.
Laura’s personal love of modern art, from Rauschenberg to de Kooning to outdoor artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, can be traced through in her designs. She feels that the most successful designs come from collaboration between the clients’ vision and the story of what a landscape innately communicates.
Laura pursues an active outdoor life including on the tennis court. Rated as a 4.0 player, she enjoys playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles with her tennis partner and husband, Dan. Laura enjoys spending time with her family. They share a deep love of music and will travel far and wide together to view any genre from country to techno to rap. An avid camper, music lover and outdoor enthusiast in general, she is just as at home with her nose in a classic novel.
Ryan Spinharney – Landscape Maintenance Manager
Ecoscape has a new Maintenance Manager! Stay tuned for details on Ryan in the coming weeks.
Richard began his career in Turfgrass Management in 1976 working at the Virginia Tech Golf Course. He moved to Oregon in 1980 and became the golf course superintendent at Michaelbook Golf Club in McMinnville in 1983. Richard returned to college to complete his degree in Horticulture at Oregon State University in 1996. After graduation he became the Pendleton Country Club GC superintendent. In 1998 he became a certified golf course superintendent through GCSAA.
Richard moved to Colorado in 2008 to work for the City of Fort Morgan and then accepted the position of golf course superintendent for the county of Los Alamos, NM. In 2014 he retired from the golf course industry, moved back to Colorado, and now uses his vast irrigation experience in the residential landscape arena. Richard has many years of experience with large operational budgets, turf management, managing employees & equipment, and is constantly evolving his knowledge on water-wise irrigation technology and pollinator habitats.
Karina Zedalis – Office Logistics, Business Development, and Turf Management
Growing up with a lush Florida jungle and bayou in the backyard, Karina Zedalis discovered early on, the cyclical nature of tides, trees as yardsticks of time, and that seeds hold the future in really small packages. Endless lawn mowing and helping her mom with a huge indoor tropical plant collection, would lead Karina to have a deep love for the soil and horticulture.
Fifteen years ago, Karina traded the sea for the mountains and began her own journey of parenthood with a home birth and a baby named Bianca. When her daughter was school age, she was recruited to be the campus director for a new start-up elementary based on contemplative education in Boulder. During her tenure with Eastern Sun Academy she got involved with the study of permaculture as a method of conscious design. For the last four years she has been an environmental sales consultant for Global Organic soil amendments, helping many Front Range school districts, golf courses, and parks districts, manage their turf grass more sustainably while revitalizing their soil for optimal plant performance.
Karina Zedalis graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Textiles and Marketing, and earned a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009. Since the passage of Amendment 64, she has been actively involved in educating and advocating for the building of a local Colorado industrial hemp economy with a focus on using hemp in horticulture, for nutrition, and with soil remediation. When not fawning over plants, you can find Karina doing yoga, cooking, transporting Bianca to ballet lessons, or creating paintings with lots of color. However if it’s nice outside, she’ll be working on her mountain property: fetching firewood, tending wildflowers, and dreaming up ways to outsmart the local ground squirrels.