What We Do

Who We Are

We are a well-established, full service landscape company offering design, construction and maintenance. We are leaders in designing and crafting unique gardens of distinction. We continually strive to provide the highest caliber product with professional attention to all details.

The Team

The owners, Phil Whittle and Rick Hansen, have over 50 years of combined experience in all phases of the landscaping industry. Both are intimately involved in the operations of the company with a "hands on" approach.

Phil is head of production and works full time with the crews to ensure the highest quality of workmanship. Phil is a skilled craftsman whose expertise assures the finest finished product.

Rick is head of design and sales, and works closely with all of the customers to develop a customized plan for the fulfillment of their dreams. He is accomplished at creating original designs that bring beauty and a sense of harmony to the garden.

License & Guarantee

All of our work is guaranteed and we are licensed and bonded in the state of Oregon. LCB #5807

Custom Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance

While we stress a particular affinity for water gardens, we are experts at all phases of landscape design and construction. Our construction crews install our own designs and we also offer maintenance plans to sustain your garden's health and beauty.

Design and Build

Every garden is unique, and is custom designed to bring your desires into harmony with the complexities of the specific site. We work within budget of each of our clients to come up with a plan that can be completed in its entirety or completed in phases. Our projects range from small entry courtyards to expansive estates and include renovations of existing landscapes or new landscaping for new houses.

Our designs incorporate plantings, viewing and sitting areas, irrigation systems, outdoor lighting, fencing, decks, arbors, and any other aspect of the construction necessary to complete setting. Once we have completed a design we are able to install the new landscaping ourselves, which allows for continuity from the beginning to the finished product.


After basking in the reality of your dream garden, you will no doubt be conscientious about its upkeep. Pacific Gardens and Waterworks can provide a regularly scheduled maintenance program that will assure your garden's health and beauty, and protect your investment.


Michael and Susan Warrens

What impressed us with Rick and Phil was the artistic and natural flow of their design and work. They listened to our dreams and provided a "five year plan" which allowed us to budget. First it was the stream and pond, then the rock garden with 37 tons of boulders, then the lawn and extended irrigation system. When we debated on whether to add a Japanese or English themed garden, Rick drew up two plans (we chose the Japanese garden) and Phil carefully selected and installed rock slabs and boulders for Koi to hide under.

In addition to providing designs and planting guides so that we could maintain our gardens, Rick also helped provide experts to build special structures such as the Japanese gateways and fences, a hot tub pagoda, a deck and flagstone masonry. In all cases the contractors he provided had the same quality and artistic skills as his own team.

We are now at 12 years with Rick, Phil and the rest of the team. We're talking about an outdoor fireplace, and like the other projects, we know it will be outstanding in quality, look like it was meant to be there and are excited to work once again with Pacific Gardens.

Gigi and Bob Wood

We have used the impressive talents of Pacific Gardens and Water Works multiple times. Their design and plant selection is excellent. Their work with rock, flagstone, and water features is incredible. Just as important, they are pleasant and respectful, complete the jobs in a timely fashion, and we enjoy and appreciate the beautiful end result. Pacific Gardens and Waterworks will always be our first choice in landscaping design and implementation.

Ibn and Deborah Saweuyer-Parks. Troutdale, Oregon

We explored the possibilities for our yard with a myriad of landscape architects and selected Pacific Garden and Waterworks. They captured and transformed our yard by turning abstract ideas into a focal point water feature and a series of distinctive gardens; all interconnected and each singularly unique. The entire design-build experience was seamless. Now, the splendor of each seasonal change is enhanced by the landscape artistry of Pacific Gardens and Waterworks.