About Landscapes for Life

Landscapes for Life staff offer an easy to work with, friendly style and have a combination of skills and experience that are not available from any other firm in the Southwestern United States. We create innovative designs using southwestern native plants and other elements that bring back ecological balance to the home landscape.

Steve Morgan 

Licensed Landscape Architect
Naturalist, Educator, Steel Designer & Fabricator

steve morgan, landscape architectFor the past 18 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.


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.   He now also designs and creates specialized steel landscape elements: sculptures, screens, rails, gates and shade structures.


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.


Nichole Trushell

MS Botany, BS Horticulture
Naturalist, Environmental Educator, Native Landscape Designer, Steel Sculptor

nichole truschell. landscape designer

Throughout Nichole’s life and professional career she has been dedicated to inspiring and educating people about living as part of their natural environment. As retired Director of the Highlands Center for Natural History, she now devotes her energy to designing landscapes that create habitat for native species, Childhood Landscapes, vegetable gardens and creating sculptural steel elements, many of which are inspired by her greatest passions ~ plants and insects.



For the past 6 years Nichole has been a partner and designer with Landscapes for Life.  Previously she worked for16 years as founding Director of the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott Arizona; she continues to work with the organization as a consultant and as a volunteer.  Her previous work also includes being a field botanist working for over a decade in the southwest and in the Ecuadorian Amazon; early in her career she was a member of the horticultural staff at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona.


Author of Landscapes for the Highlands: A photographic and informational guide to native plants suitable for landscape design in the mid-to high-elevation range of Arizona and New Mexico, and co-author and editor of Wildscaping: A Native Plant Gardening Guide. Nichole is currently working on a book titled Childhood Landscapes: Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces for the Child in Everyone.