About Landscapes for Life

Steve Morgan 

Licensed Landscape Architect
Naturalist, Educator, Steel Designer & Fabricator

steve morgan, landscape architectFor the past 20 years, Steve has focused on creating landscapes with plant species that are native to the southwest region, and particularly those found in the Central Highlands. His specialties include entries, habitat gardens, water features, creating outdoor living spaces, and water harvesting.  He was the designer of several highly successful school habitat gardens in Central Arizona. These were developed in partnership with the Highlands Center for Natural History. His work has been featured in both Sunset Magazine and Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine.


Landscapes for Life creates innovative designs using southwestern native plants and other elements that bring back ecological balance to the home landscape. Steve has over 30 years Landscape Design / Build experience in the Southwest including 3 years with Harlow & Co. in Tucson, AZ, 12 years as owner of Mariposa Design, and 6 years with T. Barnabas Kane & Associates Landscape Architecture. He taught for 15 years as an adjunct instructor at Yavapai College where his focus was on Landscape Design courses for the homeowner. Steve continues to teach at a variety of public events throughout the southwest.

For the past decade Steve has also designed and built specialized steel landscape elements: sculptures, screens, rails, gates and shade structures.  In 2007 he and his wife Nichole Trushell created the conceptual design for the new Discovery Gardens which are now completed at the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott Arizona. In 2017 Steve designed and built the beautiful steel elements for these Gardens.


Steve Co-Authored Wildscaping: A Native Plant Gardening Guide, the Highlands Center for Natural History’s popular landscaping booklet, and was Editor of Landscapes for the Highlands which is a full-color book of details of native landscape species for the Highlands region.  He has served as a volunteer designer and advisor for a number of non-profit organizations.

Steve also performs Living History presentations of Aldo Leopold, the father of modern ecology and wilderness.  He can be contacted to schedule these performances through aldoleopold1909@gmail.com