About Spruce Hollow

Christopher earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University, in May of 2015. In addition to operating a landscape design company, he is also developing a metric system of plant evaluation based on the work of Dr. Doug Tallamy.
 
Spruce Hollow Designs has grown out of Christopher’s own landscape design, installation, and maintenance business that he has operated for 16 years both as an independent contractor and as a sub-contractor. During this time, he has worked in a wide range of gardens from large estates to small individual residential settings.

During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he had the rewarding opportunity to work with Bachelor’s level Horticulturalist Nicole Jackson full-time. Out of that relationship, Spruce Hollow Designs LLC was incorporated by Christopher and co-founder Nicole Jackson, in 2019. Ms. Jackson took the opportunity to peruse other professional employment in 2021.

Now renamed, Spruce Hollow LLC is currently expanding it’s design and management staff and training a new group of young professionals to continue to meet the needs of our clients.

Christopher works with a wide range of amazing and skilled people, and he works for Gaia, this remarkable blue planet that we have been blessed to inhabit. Think globally, act locally, means to him that every garden, every landscape, that we steward can offer a haven for pollinators, birds, and our own sense of joy and belonging. Please, put down the phone, and enjoy the web of life that surrounds us always.

Mission Statement

As a Landscape Designer, I have worked to apply the ideas of Dr. Doug Tallamy and others in garden applications. Our mission at Spruce Hollow LLC, is to enhance the ecological value of landscapes with diverse, resilient native plantings integrated into residential and public landscapes. While working to maintain and enhance heritage plantings of traditional non-native plants, we add natives where possible and appropriate.

I was first introduced to Doug Tallamy when I did a semester long directed study of Bringing Nature Home while at Reading Area Community College in September 2010. Doug was involved via email and a few phone calls. While earning my Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University I met Dr. Tallamy a few times, and continued to be inspired by his very practical approach to the importance of native plants.

Since 2015, I have been working with Dr. Tallamy to create a website that will make his research, and that of Rick Darke and others, available as a searchable database of information. That website went online in April of 2021. It makes available a searchable database that will allow users to see how different plants rate in different function categories. Check it out at EMUdata.org.

As a Landscape Designer, I have worked to apply the ideas of Tallamy and others in garden applications. Working with my business partner, Nicole Jackson, (BA Horticulture, Temple 2017), from 2017- 2020, and now with an expanding team of professionals, our firm Spruce Hollow LLC, strives to integrate native plants into residential landscapes. While working to maintain and enhance heritage plantings of traditional non-native plants, we add natives where possible and appropriate.

Dr. Doug Tallamy and Landscape Architect Rick Darke, authors of The Living Landscape, source for the Living Landscape Function Calculator available on website EMUdata.org.

Doug Tallamy

Rick Darke

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