Rod Payne-Meyer, M.A., has been creating beautiful landscapes in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts since 1974. With a BS undergraduate degree from UVM in Plant and Soil Science, and a Master of Arts in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design, Rod began Creative Landscapes in 1983.
With his many years of experience, Rod has developed a distinctive vision for landscape design work. He pays close attention to lines, shapes, proportions, and configurations. Within his landscapes one experiences the color, fragrance, and feel of the plants. He works with the energies and assets already existing in the nature of a place. Rod’s designs emphasize the interplay between plants and stone, water and wood.
Client projects of note include many fine residential landscapes and many thriving commercial establishments. Rod works to blend the needs of the client with the assets already existing at the site.
Creative Landscapes’ designs are implemented by a professional staff that prides itself on quality work.
Rod strives for each landscape to be aesthetically pleasing, comfortable to be in, and functional. His designs reveal his true passion for landscape design.
• Our patios accomodate a range of uses from casual lounging to more formal dining and entertaining
• To create different levels in a sloping landscape
• To terrace a sloping site or to create and contain spaces in the landscape
• To create retaining walls or build free-standing walls
• To help blend and integrate the lines and angles of a house with the more natural shapes found in nature
• To create a sense of enclosure to a space using plants
• To create year-round visual interest using a creative variety of plants
• To create walkways that are always inviting and comfortable
• To connect and create different spaces in the landscape
• To provide a comfortable and attractive transition between different levels
• To integrate surrounding stone walls, land and gardens
Before & After
These images provide a view of projects before and after completion. The photos here may spur your imagination.
As part of their ongoing commitment to Asian studies, Putney Central School decided to build their own Japanese garden. Gerry Gatz, art teacher at Putney Central School, approached Rod Payne-Meyer to design the garden.
Rod’s challenge was to design a garden that incorporated the traditional aspects of a Japanese garden that could also thrive in Vermont. In the end his design used flow, tranquility, simplicity and even a water feature — an element important to Japanese gardens.
Rod, no stranger to working with children through his long involvement coaching sports locally, worked, directed and “coached” the students in garden preparation, building and planting.
The garden looked good the day it officially “opened” in 2005. It has continued to flourish in its space over time, a testament to a professional landscape design. The Japanese garden can be seen at Putney Central School, 182 Westminster Road, Putney, Vermont.