We have been designing, installing and managing landscapes since 1973. We strive to connect people with their land in a way that meets our clients’ needs while also being environmentally responsible. We custom design each landscape to meet the goals, desires, style and expectations of each client- while also paying careful attention to the ecological health of the site we work with.

Our design process insures that we will understand both our client and their land as we begin to develop creative ideas and solutions for the development of their property. We get to know you and we get to know your land! We have experience with a wide variety of architectural styles and construction materials. We try and reflect and perhaps, build upon the architectural precedent set forth, often repeating the proportions and materials of the structure out in the landscape. Our work is a balance, an integrated blending between the “hardscape” (patios, walls, walks) and the “softscape” (plants, gardens and restoration). We give equal attention to both, creating outdoor spaces for people to relax in, gather and enjoy nature.

We have many years of experience planting trees, shrubs, perennial gardens, native restorations and raingardens. Our interest in ecological health and sustainability has led us to experimentation with various forms of “natural landscaping” and native plants, their composition and arrangement, creating low input gardens and meadows that require much less maintenance than the typical suburban landscape.


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Selected Design Honors and Awards

  • 2018

    • Merit Award, ASLA-MN
      Buckeye Point, Grant, Minnesota
  • 2016

    • Landscape Award Winner, MNLA
      Boutwell’s Landing Care Center, Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
  • 2015

    • MNLA Landscape Award
      St. Croix River Retreat, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota
    • MNLA Landscape Award
      Maiden Rock House, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

  • 2011

    • Merit Award, ASLA-MN
      Waverly Gardens, North Oaks, Minnesota
    • Merit Award, MNLA
      Waverly Gardens, North Oaks, Minnesota
  • 2010

    • Grand Honor Award, MNLA
      Advance Corporation, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
  • 2009

    • MNLA Friend of the Environment
    • Grand Honor Award, MNLA
      Capen Prairie Garden, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • 2008

    • Merit Award, ASLA-MN
      Capen Prairie Garden, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • 2007

    • Merit Award for Excellence in Landscape Design – Residential, MNLA
      Andrews Residence, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • 2004

    • Merit Award, ASLA-MN
      Roy Residence, Lakeland, Minnesota
    • Honors Award for Excellence in Landscape Design – Residential Yard, MNLA
      Cox Residence, Roseville, Minnesota
      Painter-Somermeyer Residence, St. Paul, Minnesota
      Potish Residence, Stillwater, Minnesota
    • Honors Award for Excellence in Landscape Design – Sustainable Environments, MNLA
      Gacek-Shannon Residence, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • 1999

    • Merit Award, ASLA-MN
      Holmen Residence, Dellwood, Minnesota
  • 1996

    • Honor Award for Private Landscape Design, ASLA-MN
      Brandt Residence, Stillwater, Minnesota
  • 1995

    • Honor Award for Commercial Landscape Design, ASLA-MN
      St. Jude Medical, Woodridge Technology Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1993

    • Landscape Design Award of Excellence, MNLA
      Gesell Residence, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
    • Landscape Design Certifcate of Merit, MNLA
      Fatuzzo Residence, Dellwood, Minnesota
  • 1991

    • Landscape Design Certifcates of Merit, MNLA
      Reell Precision Manufacturing, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
      Orchard Park, Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
  • 1988

    • Landscape Design Honor Award, MNLA
      Andersen Residence, Arden Hills, Minnesota
    • Landscape Design Certificates of Merit, MNLA
      Springsted Residence, Afton, Minnesota
      Becken Residence, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
      Schacker Residence, Arden Hills, Minnesota
      Mulberry Hill Townhouses, Stillwater, Minnesota



Selected Publications

  • Deep Roots
    • Landscape architect Jim Hagstrom balances unruly natives with the geometry of design
      Midwest Homes, April 2009
  • Friend of the Environment

    • Midwest Sustainability Leader Named MNLA Friend of the Environment
      2009 Garden Minnesota Yearbook



About Jim Hagstrom, FASLA

jim-hagstromThe Principal landscape Architect of Savanna Designs, Jim has over 40 years of experience in public, residential, and commercial landscape design. He specializes in creating landscapes that integrate ecologically with the surrounding environment. Jim’s commitment and professional reputation as a leader in sustainable landscape design is proven by his award winning projects, numerous lectures and publications, environmental activism, volunteer service and teaching at the University of Minnesota.

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