Elizabeth McGreevy is an ecologist and certified permaculture designer with a master’s in landscape architecture. She is currently working for Eden Garden Design as a landscape designer. For almost 20 years, Elizabeth has worked in the Texas Hill Country on creating sustainable regional and local landscape plans and designs that deal with flood and erosion mitigation, soil restoration, Hill Country culture and ecology, honey bee and monarch habitats, Ashe juniper ecology, trail layout, rainwater collection systems layout, food gardens and forests, outdoor living, and best practices and designs to conserve water and reduce cooling costs.
Elizabeth graduated with an undergraduate in biology with an ecology focus, then moved to Washington D.C. There she discovered the field of landscape architecture when she went to work at Lee & Liu Associates. Elizabeth then returned to Texas and attended Texas A&M University to obtain a master’s in landscape architecture. At TAMU, her ecology background became the basis of every design. She added additional ecology related courses, as well as courses in cultural geography and environmental psychology.
After graduation, Elizabeth moved to Houston and worked for SLA Studio Land. There she assisted with large scale planning for resorts and communities in Mexico and Japan. However, she saw more opportunity to integrate ecology into designs in Austin. So after two years, she moved to Austin and started working as a subcontractor for J. Robert Anderson FASLA on sustainable developments such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Shops of La Cantera, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, LCRA Management Headquarters and Fort Hood Military housing, parks and trail system. There she conducted vegetation surveys, participated in master planning and schematic detail charettes, compiled plant lists, detailed planting designs, met with neighborhood groups and oversaw installations. For the LCRA Headquarters, she added the lower rain garden, worked on the bioswales and pushed for a more comprehensive rainwater collection and an irrigation educational board.
After a few years, Elizabeth became a certified permaculture designer and started her own landscape design and restoration company. She has appeared several times on Central Texas Gardener to promote sustainable planning and development, gives presentations to Austin City Council and recently participated as a Stakeholder for the Green Infrastructure Group that feeds information to CodeNext. In late 2017, Elizabeth decided to close up shop and join the team at Eden Garden Design to work on high end retail, residential, rural and watershed projects.
When Elizabeth moved to the Hill Country, it didn’t take long for her to be bombarded with anti-cedar rhetoric. After some initial research, she discovered most of the things people were saying about the tree were Texas tall tales. So she set out to educate people through lectures and ultimately a series of three books. Volume One, "Current Issues", will be available the summer of 2019.
Besides giving lecrures about Mountain Cedars, Elizabeth also educates groups across the Hill Country about the soil ecology, native and historical ecosystems, flood mitigation, sustainable landscaping, and wildlife habitats. For 12 years, she was a volunteer at the Wild Basin where she lead group tours and assisted with trail maintenance and public events.
Elizabeth spends her free time painting or exploring and photographing the beautiful wildlands and vernacular scenes of the Hill Country with her son and dogs.
City of Austin Watershed Protection Grow Green Landscape Professional Training
Permaculture Design Certificate from the Texas Institute of Practical Sustainability, Austin, Texas
Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia
Tom Brown, Jr. Wilderness and Survival School, Pine Barrens, Northwest U.S.
Loyola University, Rome Center of Liberal Arts, Rome, Italy
Professional Landscape Work
Private Practice, Droplet Land Design, Austin, Texas (1997-present)
Plateau Land & Wildlife Management, Dripping Springs, landscape designer (2006-2007).
J. Robert Anderson, FASLA, Austin, Texas, landscape researcher, planner, and designer, (subcontract, 1995-2007)
The Natural Gardener, Austin, Texas, plant salesperson and researcher, (1997-1998)
Richardson Verdoorn, Austin, Texas, landscape designer and drafter, (subcontract, February-May 1996)
SLA Studio Land, Inc., Houston, Texas, landscape researcher, planner and drafter, (December 1993-October 1994 and summer of 1992)
Other Related Work
Green Infrastructure Working Group, pro-bono group participant, 2015
The Cedar Lady KDRP radio show host, Dripping Springs, 2010
Spring Enrichment Academy, outdoor education teacher, Dripping Springs, 2009
Fix290 Highway Coalition, pro-bono core group member, Oakhill 2005-2008
Wild Basin Wilderness Trail Guide, Austin 1994-2006
Native Plant Society of Texas
Society for Ecological Restoration
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation