About Karen McGrath
The interaction of people and
the landscape has been the focus of my entire professional life. In college, I studied how people and the environment relate
to one another with courses in natural sciences, anthropology, and geography. To go beyond just academic knowledge, I
entered the design profession through graduate study in landscape architecture.
My work spans several states and at many different scales and environments. I have participated in resource
management and planning at federal parks and reservoirs, developed projects for grant-funded urban revitalization and neighborhood
rebuilding efforts, master planned a municipal park system, and created many unique residential gardens. I am especially interested
in having my landscapes, whether public or private, relate to their natural, historical, and architectural settings
so that there is a sense of place and a depth of character to each project.
Presently the owner of my own landscape design consulting firm in Redding,
CA, I look for an open, collaborative, and enthusiastic communication with property owners, engineers, contractors, and
architects. (I play well with others!) Past public projects include the City of Redding's 2.5 acre Sculpture Park
at City Hall, and the revised concept plan for the Palo Cedro Park.
I am currently focusing my work on the
creation of custom gardens for both new and renovated homes, with an emphasis on the relationship between interior and
exterior spaces and the use of outdoor living spaces as rooms.
I spent several years as a council member for the 12-acre McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at Turtle
Bay Exploration Park, where I contributed to the Gardens' design and opening in 2005.
In 2008, I was adjunct
instructor of landscape design at Shasta College's Environmental Horticulture Department. Please look for my occasional
postings online at A News Cafe dot com a northstate blog of news and opinion hosted by Doni Chamberlain.
In addition to my graduate
work in landscape architecture, I hold a master's certificate in applied project management, and am a graduate
of the California Main Street training. My curiosity and interests are varied, and I am always pursuing interesting tangents with
continuing education classes, workshops, and trainings in horticulture, design, and other related fields.