Bringing Nature into a Landscape Plan

Diane Hilscher has been honing her skills in ecological landscape design and construction project management for over 35 years.  She earned degrees in Landscape Architecture and Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, graduating with Honors.

After working for the National Park Service and National Forest Service while in college and seven years at landscape architecture firms, in 1991 Diane began Hilscher Design and Ecology. Here she could focus on integrating natural systems into the uniquely beautiful and functional designs.

Diane’s interests include public education on native plants and ecological landscaping, serving as President of the active St. Croix Oak Savanna chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes for nine years, from 2006-20014. She has presented at many different venues including state conferences, professional education venues.

Her love of nature developed while hiking and canoeing with her family growing up in Wisconsin. She lives with her husband, Tony, and teenage daughter near Stillwater, Minnesota where she enjoys gardening and restoration on three acres of oak savanna.


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