Katy Sheppard

Calafia Design LLC was started in 2003 by Katy Sheppard. It is a culmination of years of education and experience in planting, hardscape, art and design that informs a sense of space, layout, color and construction. The designs are grounded in pragmatism, so that your garden is an intuitive extension of you.

Katy, a native Californian, earned her BA from University of California, San Diego. She first entered the green industries in her mid-20’s, spending several years as a landscaper, then carpenter for a landscape architecture firm. She pursued further studies in drafting, design, painting (both figurative and abstract), and finally, a two-year certificate in Ornamental Horticulture at the Regenstein School at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Although Calafia Design is a solo operation, Katy employs the expertise of some of the North Shore’s top landscape installation firms to provide every phase of your landscape project from concept to realization.

The best gardens don’t just offer a pretty view; they draw us in and engage our souls with light, movement, harmony and mystery. - Katy Sheppard