whether you’d like an outdoor living space for intimate retreats or to serve multiple functions, you’ll find that our gardens nurture your soul and enable families to connect and thrive.



Our Mission is to create exquisite and functional spaces. Consistently inspired by nature, shape and texture and acutely aware of the context of a space, each of our designs honors the authenticity of the site and the needs of our clients. By working collaboratively, each project is an expression of our client’s vision, manifested through an artful eye towards integrating the natural and built environments.


There is a clarity that comes from living in a home that is aesthetically pleasing and also works for you. We believe that the home and garden play a central role in stimulating personal growth and productivity. Melissa’s vision is to empower families to flourish through the creation of inspiring outdoor spaces that are personally tailored to their individual needs. Our expertise in designing gardens that serve a multitude of purposes – from engaging active children to hosting business associates and formal parties – allows families to grow together and enjoy their homes to the fullest.


Our General Contracting and Project Management capabilities provide for turnkey implementation of your project. With over 10 years’ experience designing outdoor spaces and fabricating custom garden features, Melissa has developed relationships with a coveted roster of expert contractors, providing her discerning clients entrée to the best craftsmen in every trade. Our flexibility to select the best resources for each project ensures your design is expertly crafted, while our full service oversite keeps the installation process stress free, so that you can enjoy doing the things you love with the ones you love most.



    principal and landscape designer

    Melissa Gerstle delivers effortless outdoor living for families and high-profile executives with fast paced lives and discriminating taste. Consistently inspired by nature, shape and texture and acutely aware of the context of a space, Melissa’s designs and collaborative approach ensure that each project is an expression of her client’s vision, articulated through a thoughtful integration of materials and forms.

    Her passion for craftsmanship and the use of different materials to create custom objects for her clients has allowed her to create countless one-of-a-kind furnishings, adding a unique touch to each project. Whether a particular element requires metal, stone or exotic hardwood, Melissa has a knack for finding the right materials and craftsmen for each endeavor.

    A business degree from the prestigious University of Michigan Ross School of Business, combined with corporate experience in the travel and luxury goods industries, and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture provided Melissa with the tools to design a business operation that offers her high powered clients a full service, turnkey solution that takes each project from design through completion and caters to their demanding lives.

    When not designing gardens, Melissa enjoys writing for her blog, LandscapeCONFIDENTIAL and painting. But her favorite activity is spending time with her children (who she considers her best creations,) her incredibly tall husband (he’s 6 foot 7!) and their Portuguese Water Dog, Oliver.


    project manager and construction maestro
    With over 30 years of building homes and carrying out renovations, Paul Janicek has developed an established rapport among the construction community in Dallas and beyond. His experience and understanding of the installation process allows us to predict and prepare for every project’s specific needs, keeping the workflow properly sequenced, and ensuring the final product meets exacting standards. Outside of construction, Paul enjoys golf and classic cars. A jack of all trades with the ability to figure out just about anything, he has completely restored a ’69 Pontiac LeManz and ’80 Jeep Laredo – both from the ground up! Paul’s outstanding attention to detail and expertise make him an integral part of the MDG team.