Simply Sustainable Landscapes


Clients have the option to do the work themselves

Nathan Miller

Design Consultation

Recommendations for Soil Improvement

Plant Identification

Pest Identification and Organic Control

Lighted Landscape Implementation

Pruning and Pruning Consultation

Maintenance Consultation

Referral Consultation

Notes by Nate


Educating about edible landscapes

Nathan Miller

Notes by Nate is a Facebook page offered by Nate Miller, a certified landscape designer, author, educator and native plant expert. You can also find Nate teaching a class and leading educational day trips at JMU's Institute of Lifelong Learning. Topics: You Can Eat That? Edible Backyard Plants, Edible Landscaping, Roots, Shoots, Fruits, Blooms and 'Shrooms: Seasonal Edible Plants, Shenandoah Valley Spring Wildflowers, Reviving the American Chestnut and a tour of Blandy Farm, Fall Wildflower Hikes at Big Meadows and Hawksbill and Agritouring the Shenandoah Valley.

Want to go on a walk and learn about plants? Another learning opportunity, this one open to all, are monthly Wildflower Wanderings. You will learn how to identify plants!

Nate seeks to educate about the benefits of edible and wildlife landscaping. Check his availability for your learning event.

Wildflower Wanderings


Guided tours of the flora and potential fauna
of the mid-Atlantic region

Nathan Miller

Wildflower Wanderings are day trips for plant and wildlife enthusiasts focused on wildflowers and plant life of the Mid-Atlantic region. Wildflower Wanderings are $25.00 per person and paid on the day of the trip.

Some places we have traveled to include; Shenandoah National Park, Reddish Knob, Cranberry Glades, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bald Rock, West Virginia, Soldier's Delight Park, Maryland. Mt. Joy Pond, Cowbane Prairie Preserve and St. Mary's Wilderness and Apple Orchard Mountain. All trips begin unless otherwise stated meet at Randy's Hardware in Bridgewater, Virginia.

Time and date and particulars of the trips will be posted on Facebook at least a week before the actual trip occurs.

All trips are subject to change due to weather. Please contact Nate for any concerns.

Simply Sustainable Landscapes

Landscape Design Services of Nate Miller


Nate Miller

I strive to create landscapes that are biologically diverse and provide year-round seasonal interest and edibility. I avoid the use of any known invasive, non-native plant species in my designs. I work closely with all my clients to make sure that all of their design needs are addressed. I make sure to check on the progress of my client's projects, especially if they have chosen to undertake the work themselves.

Simply Sustainable Landscapes by Nate Miller

Design Consultation

Nate specializes in native, edible and historical landscapes. Recommended plantings may be native to the local eco-region and attract beneficial wildlife, have edible/medicinal value, or cherished heirlooms and historically important.

Recommendations for Soil Improvement

In order to improve soil conditions, I focus on building deep rich soils by imitating nature and natural processes. I also suggest administering soil tests during the landscape planning process or before planting any vegetation. Learn more about soil improvement.

Plant Identification

As part of any landscape project or if a property owner simply wishes to know the types of plants that are on their property I am available to research and identify the plants to the best of my ability. I use various sources both online and print to determine the species of plants I encounter.

Pest Identification and Organic Control

Simply Sustainable Landscapes by Nate Miller
Pest Identification and Organic Pest Control considerations (if possible) will work with local extension agencies, arborists, master gardeners to solve problems.

Creating Certified Wildlife Habitat

In order to make your landscape more wildlife friendly I can be consulted to do the following:
  • Create wildlife-attractive landscapes by following the National Wildlife Federation’s guidelines in the Certified Wildlife Habitat Program, the Audubon Society’s Backyard Habitat Program, Various State DNR and DCR habitat information and local native plant societies information.
  • Research methods to improve habitat for game animals such as various water fowl, bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, squirrels, rabbits and crows.
  • Provide information regarding bird, bat and flying squirrel boxes and bird feeders.
  • Provide information regarding the establishment of bumble and solitary bee nesting sites.

Light Landscape Implementation

Help with planting and/or garden creation.
Simply Sustainable Landscapes by Nate Miller

Light Pruning

Deadheading plants, pruning small shrubs and small trees.

Maintenance Consultation

Simply Sustainable Landscapes by Nate Miller
If maintenance is needed post-installation on your landscape or if you have questions on how to care for plants in your landscape, I am available for consultation. I can do some light pruning if needed, but for larger and/or specialized projects I direct my clients to reputable landscapers or construction companies.

Referral Consulation

Nate will work with you to find reputable construction companies to perform weed removal, grading and other landscape manipulation practices. In addition, Nate can work with contractors to build quality hardscapes such as walls, rain barrels, solar panels, wind turbines, terraces, rain cisterns, buildings, fences, patios, outdoor spaces etc. Nate works with contractors to find sources for local and recyclable materials.

Portfolio

Though most of my work is based in northwestern Virginia, I have also created designs or built projects in other parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia.

Rate is $50/hour

Nate has over 20 years of experience in landscaping, landscape design, plant identification and knowledge of native wildlife. He's got a BA in Art with a concentration in Environmental Science and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Clemson University. He's working on a reference book that neatly categorizes projects by Edible, Ornamental, Native (plants) and Sustainable Methods.

Simply Sustainable Landscapes: Creating Edible and Ecological Landscapes for the Southeast

by Nate Miller and Jensis Johnson

In 2012 my coauthor Jensis Johnson and I created the EONS Landscape Theory which I follow in all my designs. EONS stands for Edible, Ornamental, Native (plants) and Sustainable Methods (renewable energy, rain barrels, cold frames). This theory is the foundation for all of my landscape designs.

Southest region

Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia
Alabama
Tennessee
Mississippi
Northern Florida

Book will be published soon

Simply Sustainable Landscapes by Nate Miller

Nate Miller — Speaker
Topics & Availability

Over the past 15 years, Nate has lectured on various topics including: history of landscape architecture in the United States from the Precolonial era-Victorian age, Edible Landscaping, Heirloom Roses, Native Fruit Shrubs and Trees, Butterfly Gardening, Attracting Pollinators, Backyard Insects, Urban Trees, Native Plants for the Western Piedmont, Landscaping for Wildlife, Heirloom Vegetables and Landscaping for Birds.

Hosts

Bridgewater College
Charlottesville Tree Stewards
Clemson University
Eastern Mennonite University
Hickory Hollow School
James Madison University
James Madison University Arboretum
Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society
John Wayland Elementary
Spotswood Garden Club

Recommendations for Soil Improvement

Landscape Design Services of Nate Miller


In order to improve soil conditions, I focus on building deep rich soils by imitating nature and natural processes. I also suggest administering soil tests during the landscape planning process or before planting any vegetation.

Ways to improve soil based on four common landscape situations:

    Soil improvement
  1. Annual Vegetable, Herb, Flower or Market Gardens
    • Encourage biological tillage.
    • Bring your soil to life with compost.
    • Maintain organic matter with mulch.
    • Use crop rotation to mimic diversity.
    • Create self-sustaining fertility with nitrogen fixing trees and dynamic accumulator plants.
    • Till the mulch and top layers of the soil carefully with low-tech tools such as a broad fork.
    • Rake or let chickens scratch the surface at the end of the season.
  2. Soil improvement
  3. Grasslands: Wildflower Meadows, Prairies, Pasture, Cropland
    • Don’t disturb the soil – ensure the lowest level of mechanical disturbance possible.
    • Always keep your soil covered with perennial cover crops.
    • Planned disturbance in a form of animal impact and planned grazing.
    • In the case of wildflower meadows and prairies controlled burns or annual mowings.
  4. Soil improvement
  5. Food Forests and Permaculture Orchards
    • Improve your soil with green manures and transitional ground-covers.
    • Inoculate your soil with mycorrhizal fungi.
    • Use woody mulch to feed the fungi.
    • Create self-sustaining fertility with nitrogen fixing trees and dynamic accumulator plants.
  6. Soil improvement
  7. Perennial Gardens, Shrubs and Trees
    • Add manures for nitrogen.
    • Use compost to improve soil conditions.
    • Create self-sustaining fertility with nitrogen fixing trees and dynamic accumulator plants.
    • Cover the soil with mulch.
    • Till the mulch and top layers of the soil carefully with low-tech tools such as a broad fork, rake or let chickens scratch the surface at the end of the season.

Simply Sustainable Landscapes

Landscape Design Services of Nate Miller

(540) 908-8025

8620 Warm Springs Pike, Bridgewater, VA 22812

Nate Miller

I strive to create landscapes that are biologically diverse and provide year-round seasonal interest and edibility. I avoid the use of any known invasive, non-native plant species in my designs. I work closely with all my clients to make sure that all of their design needs are addressed. I make sure to check on the progress of my client's projects, especially if they have chosen to undertake the work themselves.