A Word With Landscape Designer Kiley Gardiner of Stack Rock Group

Kiley Gardiner is a seasoned landscape designer with the Boise-based landscape architecture firm Stack Rock Group. Kiley has a serious passion for plants, great design, landscape architecture and taking care of her clients.

Kiley loves a challenge and has designed numerous amazing residential and commercial projects throughout the country.

A while back we sat down to talk a little shop:

Q: Tell me a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.

My plant obsession started at the age of 14 while I was working for Edwards Greenhouses in Boise with my mom. I got to work summers, spring break (for the Flower and Garden Show) and Holidays. From there, I decided that I loved the creative side of design, and decided my path was Landscape Architecture. I graduated in 2008 from the University of Idaho with a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture. From there, I did little residential designs on my own while working as a bread baker. After leaving the bakery, I landed a job as a landscape designer at a design build firm in my new home, Pendleton, OR. After 3 years, our Idaho roots called us back to Boise, where I was an independent designer/stay at home mom. One year later I was hired on at Stack Rock Group as a landscape designer, with all of my old studio mates from the University of Idaho.

Q: What apps, software or tools can’t you live without? Why?

I love our LandFX software and their support team. It makes the layout of our designs with construction documents a breeze!

Q: What is your favorite project you’ve designed?

I have had the pleasure of working on so many amazing projects. I love traveling to different areas and working on projects outside our Idaho environment. I have been collaborating on the HP Corvallis campus in a courtyard overhaul, which has been a lot of fun!

Q: What is your favorite type of project to design?

Small courtyards have to be one of my favorites. I like making a large impact in the smallest spaces. In small spaces great design is so visible and makes such a huge impact to a space.

Q: What’s your workspace setup like?

We all have standing desks, even though I sit most of the day…. ooops,  with an open studio feeling. This is the best for creative vibes and teaming up to work together on projects. You can usually find about 10 cups on my desk as well as a bag of candy.

Q: What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

I always keep a running two week calendar on my desk that I can keep all my deadlines on track and right in front of my face.

Q: Pen and paper? Old School?

Yep! I put a lot of stuff in our Google calendar but my day-to-day workflow is written down on my desk.

Q: What do you listen to while you work?

We usually turn the office music on so we can all hear each other, and fight over what music we are going to listen to. Unless its crunch time, then I headphone up and blast 8tracks. We listen to a lot of electronica, hip-hop and reggae. Anything with a beat that keeps us moving.

Q: What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading study guides for my Project Management landscape architecture test. If all goes well I will be a licensed Landscape Architect in the great state of Idaho soon! (wish me luck!)

Q: How do you recharge? What do you do to forget about work?

I recharge heading home and getting a good workout in, or heading to Double Tap for a beer with my work pals.

Q: How is Stack Rock Group different from other landscape architecture firms?

Stack Rock group really focuses on the client and helps them understand the steps to get the design and end product they are reaching for. We rarely say no to design work, so we have a broad range of experience to accommodate any design, and we all work together as equals to get out the best design solution. I consider this office as one large, awkward, awesome family.

Interested in working with Kiley?

Kiley Gardiner
Stack Rock Group
404 S. 8th Street #154
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 345-0500