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Resilient Design that Benefits both Community and Nature

The Wilder Landscape Architects team designs for long-term sustainability. We apply the most current research (covering topics such as water harvesting and low impact development, soil composition and volume, ground preparation for seeding, and salvage and transplanting techniques) to our projects, providing our landscapes with the best foundation for success. We engage the landscape contractor, ensuring that the built product is consistent with our design. We make a point to revisit past projects to learn how they mature. And at the initial stages of design, we gain an understanding of how our clients will maintain their landscape. Plant and hardscape selection reflect our clients’ resources. Our approach ensures that the constructed landscape will not only look good at installation, but thrive and maintain the design intent as it matures.


By approaching every project with fresh eyes, and the desire to create an enduring, healthy native-scape, we create landscapes whose beauty is more than skin deep.




Wilder Landscape Architects is led by Jennifer Patton, a landscape architect who has been practicing in Tucson since 2006, and inhabiting the Sonoran Desert since 1976.


Jennifer combines her education in landscape architecture (MLA, University of Arizona), training in permaculture (Permaculture Design Certification, Sonoran Permaculture Guild) and passion for the desert to create inspiring, life-filled landscapes.


An experienced team leader with a comprehensive understanding of City, County, and State policies and guidelines, clients appreciate Jennifer’s reliability, responsiveness, and dedication to every project she undertakes.


Jennifer has designed landscapes for universities, roadways, greenways, and private development. Her technical experience includes preparation of native plant preservation and mitigation plans, riparian mitigation plans, planting and hardscape plans, erosion and pollution control plans, water harvesting plans, and LEED documentation.


Registration / Accreditation

Registered Landscape Architect, State of Arizona, #50915


Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, #8554



Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona, 2006

Bachelor of English, University of Arizona, 1993


Continuing Education

ADOT 6-hour Erosion Control Coordinator Refresher Course, June 2015

ADOT 16-hour Erosion Control Coordinator Course, 2010

Urban Wildlife Landscape Design Certification, Tucson Audubon Society, 2009

Permaculture Design Certification, Sonoran Permaculture Guild, 1998



Adjunct Lecturer, University of Arizona, School of Landscape Architecture

City of Tucson Design Review Board, Member, January 2012 – December 2015

Task Force Member, City of Tucson Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Ordinance, 2008-2009