Who we are
Functional. Mindful. Inspired Design.
At Sunflower Designs, we believe that landscapes are to be lived in. With that in mind, we strive to create more than just a pretty scene.
We work to create spaces and settings that are not only beautiful, but also reflect who we are and how we live. A front yard can provide curb appeal, but should also welcome guests and hint at the personality of those who live beyond the front door. A backyard is a place to be shared with friends and family, and serve as a retreat from the outside world.
Our landscapes are the ideal place to experience and enjoy nature, which is why we utilize ecologically responsible design principles. Through the use of the "right plant, right place" concept, appropriate hardscape materials, and sound horticultural practices, we can create landscapes that are functional, easier to maintain, attractive to beneficial insects, birds and butterflies, and not dependent on large amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides.
We work closely with landscape contractors, masons, nurseries, and most importantly, with you. Only by working hand in hand with homeowners can we create a truly custom design. After all, nobody knows how you live better than you. Your budget, your style and your ultimate goals must be the foundation of the design and our experience and vision will guide us to a solution that will hopefully exceed your expectations. It is through such collaboration that we can create functional, ecologically responsible, and beautiful landscapes that are truly lived in.
Owner Brooke Merriam began her professional life in social work, and then marketing, but in 2000 she turned her passion for plants and design into her profession, when she returned to school to study horticulture and landscape design. She began her work in the foothills of Colorado and then relocated to Rhode Island in 2006, where she has been working with homeowners ever since to create ecologically friendly, unique outdoor settings. Brooke is a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist (RICH), a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA) and the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA).
Along with creating beautiful, healthy outdoor spaces, Brooke is passionate about connecting kids with nature. With her friend and colleague Shannon Rozea, Brooke spearheaded a multi phased project at her children's school that involved a major stormwater remediation project and the installation of a children's garden and outdoor classroom. More about their project can be seen at www.guiterasdiscoverygarden.com
We love our yard! Brooke transformed it with an amazing design! The property had numerous issues that needed to be addressed. Brooke created a beautiful and peaceful setting. The home was going th... Read More
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Working with Brooke was great, I highly recommend her. She transformed our unruly and awkward backyard into an absolute gem. Both her design and professionalism made this project effortless for us. ... Read More
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Brooke and her crew took my drab backyard and turned it into a summer oasis. Last spring we took down our above ground pool and asked Brooke/Sunflower Designs for help on what to do with our back yar... Read More
We needed to have the front of our house addressed having water issues. We reached out to Brooke to have her look at the job. She was very responsive and provided us with a quote and designs based on ... Read More
I met with Brooke in 2014 to discuss plans to transform our yard. Brooke took some pictures and asked many questions and came back a couple of weeks later with a plan that was beyond our original idea... Read More