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  Bios  
 
  ALISON PECK

While not born with a green thumb, enchantment with the Earth and delight in design emerged early in Alison Peck’s life. By the first Earth Day (1970) she was designing ‘eco-homes’ to help us live lightly. In her teens she started designing and creating clothing, jewelry, furniture and graphics. Through several twists of fate Alison emerged from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Physics and Chemistry and a passion for organic farming and Permaculture. After moving to Boulder in 1980, she was an Energy Agent for the CU Extension Service in Denver, teaching energy conservation and solar energy. In 1984 she started Matrix Gardens with the desire to create landscapes which benefit the Earth; producing food and habitat instead of consuming water and chemicals. This early pragmatism has been enriched over time. She has awakened to the beauty of plants and the joys of working with a delightful variety of customers and employees. Alison continues to enjoy creating landscapes which are a unique fit for each person(s) and place, and which invite people into outdoor living.

Alison is a leader in sustainable landscaping—landscaping that works with green building to create homes and communities which reduce resource consumption and work towards environmental restoration. A talk in early 2005 catalyzed the formation of a sustainable landscaping study group comprised of contractors and designers. In 2007, this became the Front Range Sustainable Landscaping Coalition (FRSLC).

Alison has been featured in articles in the New York Times and Landscape Architecture. Her designs have won several ‘Excellence in Landscape’ awards from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, and have been written up in Sunset magazine and numerous regional magazines and newspapers. She writes for the Colorado Gardener and teaches Xeriscape, Landscape Design and Irrigation classes in the Front Range.



CHRIS WOODS

Chris has been gardening in Colorado since she moved here from Pennsylvania in 1984. She started her career as a graphic designer and now uses those skills to design landscapes. Chris joined Matrix Gardens full-time in 2008, and has a degree in Horticulture and a certificate in Landscape Design. She has a strong commitment to client-driven and Earth-friendly landscape design, and enjoys collaborating with her clients to create a landscape that satisfies her clients’ needs and goals.

Chris is a founding member of the Front Range Sustainable Landscaping Coalition, a group which was formed in 2007 to research, educate and promote sustainable landscaping. She is certified by PACE (Partners for a Clean Environment) and in GreenCO’s Best Management Practices, both geared toward using environmentally conscious approaches to landscape design and installation.

When Chris is not designing she enjoys gardening on her property in Lafayette, hiking, traveling, singing and playing various instruments.
 
 
 
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