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!
Al is originally from a small town on Lake Huron in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Growing up in the woods and on the water cultivated a strong love and respect for nature. After high school Al moved to Copper Mountain where she fell in love with the wild beauty of Colorado.
Al moved to Durango in summer of 2018 and has been working with Columbine since. She is excited to come back for a second season, this year as a crew lead, and expand her knowledge in the field.
A partcipant in the 2019 Colorado Master Gardener Program, Al wants to learn all she can about plants and and how to take care of them. Someday she hopes to start her own business specializing in the sale and care of indoor houseplants, so everyone can have the joy of plants in their space.