President & Certified Landscape Designer, Eva Montane
Holds a bachelor’s in Botany
Spent 3 seasons working on organic veggie farms
Certified in Permaculture Design
Spent 5 seasons working as a field botanist
Guide for Crested Butte’s annual week-long Wildflower Festival
Spent 3 years as VP of SW chapter of Colorado Native Plant Society
Completed the CSU Master Gardener program; helped facilitate the program in subsequent year
Owned Gardens by Eve, LLC maintenance and design company in Durango 2007-12
Toured South Africa with Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator of Denver Botanic Gardens
Co-designed Durango Public Library’s Plant Select demonstration garden and served on the board of Durango Botanical Society
Developed AbundantEarthGardens.com to educate western gardeners through audio and photo presentations from celebrated regional gardeners
Wrote Colorado Country Life’s monthly garden column 2009-2014
Earned a certificate from California School of Garden Design 2011
Featured in a 2017 Green Industry article as a woman in landscaping
Presented Winter Interest in the Landscape at Idaho Botanical Garden’s Rethinking Idaho’s Landscapes symposium in Boise 2018
Presented on Fire-wise Landscaping for Durango Botanical Society 2018
Completed Tucson’s Watershed Management Group’s Waterharvesting Practitioner Certificate program 2019
Operations Manager, Desiree Baranczyk
Desiree received Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College.
She filled the role of Manager after a full season with Columbine as a member of the crew in the field where she became familiar with our work, clients, and philosophy.
Her professional interests focus on helping clients get their needs met, and beautifying the landscape. In addition, she has graduated from the Colorado Master Gardener program.
Born and raised in Colorado, Desiree has a strong love for nature. She grew up in Salida which is a small town where the main source of entertainment is doing things outdoors. Because of this orientation and desire, finding a career that involved getting outside was a necessity. Columbine fosters this as well as a way to continue learning and growing personally.
Colleen is from Eagle, Colorado and has been working with Columbine since 2017. She participated in a Water Harvesting Course in Tucson and is really excited to implement what she learned at work.
Colleen loves planting and installation jobs with Columbine because it’s so cool to see how a little (or a lot of ) work can change a space to something so beautiful and inviting.
Colleen says, ”Columbine is such a great company and crew to work with. We all inspire each other, have fun, and learn new things everyday.”
Crew Leader, Waste Reduction Manager, Grace Landry
Grace is a native to La Plata county and loves her home for all of its varied natural beauty. After graduating from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Spanish Language and writing, she seeks to continue her path of education in every form, and further her knowledge of local plants while working outside.
She is excited for her second year as a crew leader with Columbine and aspires to further her knowledge in the field even more.
In her free time she enjoys painting and cultivating her creative writing skills via song writing and hopes to record a demo album this year.
She has always loved learning about the wild flowers of the San Juan mountains and takes every opportunity throughout the summer season to look for her favorite flowers with her boyfriend and dog, both equally avid lovers of the plant world. Life is a garden!
Marketing Director, Crew Member, Nikki Sawyer
Nikki has spent the majority of her adult life living in Moab, UT where she fell in love with the desert and all of its wildflowers! While there, she spent her first year living and working on a organic veggie farm. Her love for the natural world and playing in the dirt has been life long, as she comes from a family of master gardeners and green thumbs. She loves care taking not only for plants, but for animals as well. She has been a veterinary technician for 14 years and would often use the natural world as a reset button during stressful times. She enjoys sharing her space with many house plants and dogs…of course.
She is thrilled to make her passion her career and expand her knowledge of the gardening world. She plans on earning her Master Gardner Certification this winter through CSU in hopes for a growing career in landscaping.
In her free time, Nikki enjoys trail running with her dogs, mountain biking, rock climbing and spending time in her gardens. You will always find her meandering on the trails with an identification book of some sort in her hands.
Crew Leader, Field Manager, Katie Kelley
After attending College for Culinary arts, as well as education, Katie decided she wanted a change of pace and moved to Creede, CO in 2017 to work on a ranch as a wrangler. She quickly fell in love with life in the mountains and decided to move to Durango in December of 2018 with her fiancée. She knew she wanted to continue to work outdoors and realized that she would like to learn more about the Native plants that make Colorado so beautiful. She started working with Columbine the following spring where she has worked as a crew lead for most of the summer. She is excited to be returning for another season to expand her knowledge of landscaping even further.
In her free time she enjoys working in her garden, hiking, and horseback riding. During the winter she plans on spending time doing woodworking projects and painting. She also enjoys petsitting and being around animals whenever she can.
Katie believes it’s important to fill your time with the things you love, and to challenge yourself to always be learning something new each day. She thinks Columbine is the perfect place to do just that.
Crew Leader, Anika Bach
Crew Leader, Megan Peters
Working with columbine has been a great way for her to learn about this area and get familiar with native plants. She is excited to continue learning about gardening and landscaping. She has recently become a new dog mom, so a lot of her time is spent raising her 4 month old puppy.
In her free time, she also enjoys watercolor painting, hiking, camping, exploring and growing veggies.