Design is Our Passion.

 Landscape Design Studios combines cutting-edge landscape design with exceptional value, as a diligent advocate for our clients.


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We believe that communicating the design is the foundation of all successful, dramatic, and beautiful landscapes, and in creating the long-lasting enjoyment of your new outdoor living space. Design is a collaborative process with our clients. We take the time to listen and advise, to gather information, and maintain a dialogue with you throughout the process. 

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Good landscape design comes from creating a harmony with the style of your home and its surroundings, resolving the issues of the site, identifying your needs – along with your wants, hopes and dreams, and incorporating them into a carefully-crafted composition of space that pulls it all together. We offer some of the very latest photo-rendering and 3D modeling tools to visualize the space as thoroughly as possible in communicating the design to you. 

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Combined, we have been recognized seven times in MNLA landscape design awards and twice by PLANET at the national level for landscape design. We are college-educated and degreed in landscape design, horticulture, and landscape architectural related fields, and maintain an active continuing-education program through various professional associations.


Service is our Solution.

We’re your advocate throughout the process, and we ensure that our design is the best solution possible for your home, your lifestyle, your budget, and your environment. We will be at your side to ensure your greatest satisfaction, so that you can enjoy your landcape and outdoor living space for many years to come.


communication circleInitial Meeting

To start you on the path to your new landscape, one of Landscape Design Studios’ designers will meet with you at your home to discuss your wants, needs, hopes and dreams. We will discuss the budgeting strategies for the project. With this detailed information, Landscape Design Studios (LDS) will start to formulate a concept of what your landscape could be.

communication circleProposal

After our extensive discussion, LDS will quote you a price for our Landscape Design Service, with options for CAD modeling, photo-rendering, design graphics, and constructions drawings. If you love the ideas we discuss, we will enter a Design Services Agreement based on the scope of work that we have identified and begin the design process. Before we leave your site, we will lay out a timeline for the design process and set up our schedules for a design presentation appointment. LDS will proceed with the design of your new landscape and outdoor living space, keeping you informed throughout the process. 

communication circleDesign Presentation and Budget Study

At our design presentation appointment we will show you thorough plans and graphics of the design, illustrating and discussing all of its features, based on the scope of work and time we had budgeted. We will review all of the materials that were selected for your project and the options that you have, and address the budget information and pricing options that we have for you. We want you to envision your project, and be able to see your dreams becoming a reality, and identify any measures to make it as affordable of an investment as possible.

Landscape Design Studios will work with you to adjust the design as we go, and tailor it to your expectations. We will create a Budget Study that frames the cost of the project and options as the design is completed. 

communication circleImplementation

With the plans finalized and budget approved, Landscape Design Studios will work with you in selecting the best installers that you wish to build your project. We will bring in a team of some of the most talented and best owner-operator contractors in the Twin Cities to look at the project closely with us. We will build it to our highest expectations. We will command from them a fair and honest price, as framed in our Budget Study for the project.

Jack Dorcey and Dave Sonka have worked in the local landscape industry for many, many years. We know and work with some of the best local contractors that you could ever find, as our pre-qualified, reputable, and talented Associated Contractors (ACs) to keep us in good hands. Our ACs are small, owner-operated companies active in professional associations, with great personnel and equipment, who are licensed, insured, and bonded. We provide them with Plans and Project Specifications, and review all of the materials with them in preparation of all the work required to make it the best landscape possible. 

On the construction of the project, we are an on-going consultant, reviewing the work that is being completed and ensuring its high standards. LDS will set up site inspections on your behalf with our ACs, and will go over the project details with them in person, all while you remain at work and save your vacation days. 
With our inspection process, we also require your approval as we complete each stage of the project before payments are released. This process is designed to ensure that you are finding the best value for your investment, from some of the most capable contractors in the industry.