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About the Designer

 The Designer

 designer-copy-copy.jpgShannon Lester has a degree Landscape Architecture and has participated in custom residential and commercial landscape design, wetland restoration, land use and city planning projects for over 18 years in the Pacific Northwest.

In 2012, Shannon and her husband, Andrew, built on their design/build landscape company in Bend, Oregon by introducing their mid-century modern inspired planter company, Steel Life.

Their planters have been recognized by many nationally accredited industry professionals and magazines, including Martha Stewart, Garden Design and Dwell. Television viewers have also had the chance to see the Steel Life collection on NBC's American Dream Builders, Showtime's House of Lies and Californication.



When Shannon and Andrew aren't busy designing and manufacturing planters, designing landscapes or installing custom hardscapes, they are busy enjoying everything there is to offer in Central Oregon.  Hiking, camping, skiing, biking, fishing, rafting, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

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Shannon also enjoying writing on her blog, Blooming Desert's Daily Dirt. She writes about her plant nursery visits, her experiences at design and garden trade shows, gardening struggles in the High Desert, and her most popular post series, Garden to Glass, where she offers cocktail recipes that incorporate ingredients from her garden, time with her friends and the true essence of being a lover of everything life has to offer.

Shannon teaches seasonal succulent and floral arrangement workshops in Oregon and on her travels.  To inquire about these workshops or to see where she will be next, contact her directly via email.

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