lynn dimond

North by Nature has worked with our family for 10 years. Initially, providing shoreline remediation for an area that was subject to high winds and ice push. Several years later, we requested that they finish the shoreline remediation and add a native shoreline garden. As plans expanded, North by Nature planted a 2000′ SF native plant meadow on a septic field and installed a hardscape patio by the house. We rely on North by Nature for solid advice and we are pleased with their coordination with the state. Staff are educated, friendly, and responsive.


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Chris Weber

Bret Huntman and the rest of the crew at North by Nature Landscapes did a fantastic job of listening to what my wife and I conceptually wanted for our garden, and then delivered a stunning addition to our home.


The garden incorporates a variety of interesting plants to provide color, texture and fragrance throughout the spring, summer and fall. The plants complement the stone free-form patio that North By Nature Landscapes assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The gardens and patio surround our one-hundred year old water feature like they have always been there together.


Thanks Bret!

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Gerald and Pat Rintamaki

Words to describe the team members of “North by Nature Landscapes”; Professional, Determined, Diligent, Precise and Knowledgeable. All aspects of the project were studied, researched and  delivered, often during extreme weather conditions.


The result was exactly what we were looking for – a spectacular hardscape, beautiful plant material and wonderfully designed.


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Lucy Hyndman

We contracted with Bret from North By Nature Landscapes last year for some help with our property on Crooked River in Brutus Mi. He helped us with soil erosion along the river bank. He came up with an excellent plan and he executed flawlessly.


He is a consummate professional who operates with the highest integrity. His work is outstanding and his pricing is very reasonable. His knowledge of plant species around our property was impressive.


His team all exhibited the same professionalism as Bret himself. Property was always cleaned up and he was always on time and dependable.


Thanks Bret….nice work!!


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James McKinnon

North by Nature Landscapes repaired and restored our beach front after a tough winter did damage when the ice went out. They designed it so that the ice would slide up the rock they installed. It has worked and it stood up well after a couple of tough winters. I had them come in and do a little repair to maintain and again they did a great job.


Valerie Wilson

We had quite an ambitious hardscape project we envisioned on our property to provide access to a hillside overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Bret and his team worked tirelessly to create a beautiful set of stairs leading to a flagstone patio which they did ALL BY HAND! Bret came up with real workable solutions to the challenges we faced and we couldn’t be happier with the results.