As an eighth generation Oregonian, Bethany Rydmark possesses a unique sensibility toward the natural environment and offers her care and experience as a landscape architect in the Pacific Northwest. Raised on a grass seed and nursery stock farm on the French Prairie of the Willamette Valley, Bethany witnessed first hand the balance of hard work with nature's cycles of growth, beauty, respite, and renewal. She brings the joy of seasonal surprises and the beauty of growing life to each design, large and small, and enjoys working to bring clients' hopes to fruition.

Bethany holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts and is Registered Landscape Architect #705 in the State of Oregon.


Experience

:: PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
State of Oregon Registered Landscape Architect #705

:: EDUCATION
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon    March 2006
Study Abroad, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand     2004

:: EXPERIENCE
BR Landscapes Consultant, Pacific Northwest   2011-Present
Traveler: twoOregonians, 25 Countries and Territories Worldwide    2012
Landscape Architect: Quatrefoil, Inc., Portland, OR     2006-2011
Park Design Intern: UO Community Planning Workshop, Eugene, OR     2005
Drafting and Design Assistant: Beth Young Garden Design, Corvallis, OR     2005
Display Designer/Customer Service: Garden World, Woodburn, OR     2005
Exhibit Installation and Maintenance Intern: Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR     2004
Hospitality and Grounds Volunteer: Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR     2000-2001
Floral Assistant: Valley Pacific Floral & Interiors, Woodburn, OR     1999-2000
Nursery Employee: Blue Sky Farm and Cascade Trees, Woodburn, OR     1995-2004

:: COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Stepping Stones Transitional Housing Manager, Portland, OR   2010-2011
Oregon ASLA Excom Member at Large/Education Chair    2009-2010
Oregon ASLA Excom Associate at Large/UO Liaison    2007-2009
Garden Partners Board of Directors, Portland, OR     2007-2009
Rahab’s Sisters Women’s Outreach Volunteer, Portland, OR     2008-2010
Imago Dei Community Women’s Resource Aid, Portland, OR     2008-2011
Onyx House Leadership Team, Eugene, OR    2002-2005

:: AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS
American Society of Landscape Architects Member and Volunteer     2004-2011
Pioneer Courthouse Square Festival of Flowers Team Semi-Finalist     2005
Resident Dean’s Scholarship • University of Oregon    2002-2006
Josephine Lumm Matsler Scholarship • UO Landscape Architecture    2005
Christmas Tree Chapter Award • Oregon Nurseries Foundation        2005
Willamette Chapter Award • Oregon Nurseries Foundation    2005
Martin Holmason Memorial Award • Oregon Nurseries Foundation    2004
Emerald Empire Chapter Award • Oregon Nurseries Foundation    2004
Nursery Employee Award • Oregon Nurseries Foundation    2002

:: FAVORED PURSUITS & ACTIVITIES
Digital Photography: Anywhere on the Globe    Whenever Possible
Reading Intriguing Books: Cozy Nooks and Crannies    Free Time
Drinking Montana Gold Tea:  Near the Stone Fireplace    Snowy Nights
Building Relationships, Sharing Life with People: Everywhere    Daily
Backpacking in the Wilderness: New Zealand    On Holiday

 

The French Prairie Connection

Long before Oregon was a state, long before the Oregon Trail brought wagons west, my great (x5) grandfather Etienne Lucier retired from his position as a fur trapper with the Hudson's Bay Company and sought to make a new life on the fertile soil between the Willamette and Pudding Rivers. He married a native American woman, settled on the land, started with a few seeds and tools, and became known as the "First Farmer of Oregon."

Etienne was of French-Canadian descent, and when fellow French Canadian/Métis settlers joined him in creating a new community, their chosen land earned the nickname of the French Prairie.

To this day, my extended family lives and farms in the region, and my roots grow deep in the same soil. It's an honor and a privilege to continue caring for the people and the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.