about us


e. k. smith landscape design was founded in 1987 in Pittsburgh, PA by noted landscape designer, Elise Keely.  Elise approaches every new project with a commitment to creativity, exceptional workmanship and client service and strives to create fabulous gardens that meet her client's expectations. Clients are involved in every step of the process, including working with Elise to learn about horticulture and its intricacies.

e. k. smith landscape design is committed to creating landscapes and gardens in Pittsburgh that are not only appropriate to the site, but are also architecturally sensitive. Elise is determined to design projects that will mature properly, keeping the future in mind for her clients and their gardens.

Our Team

Elise Keely's passion for landscaping began in the mid 1960's.  She gained hands on experience and an early love of horticulture while taking care of extensive gardens in New Hampshire. She then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, which enhanced the artistic skills and vision that she now imparts on her landscape design business.

Elise spent time as an art and French teacher and then as a designer of architectural stained glass windows after she graduated from college, but her first love was always landscape design.  She moved to Pittsburgh in 1987, taught landscape design courses at Sweetwater Art Center and the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center and lectured to local civic groups and garden clubs.  This exposure to the community, and the network that it created, launched her business.

Recognized by her peers for her dedicated work and commitment to excellence, Elise has been the recipient of the Garden Club of American Zone V Horticulture award.   She has also dedicated her summers over the past 17 years to training and inspiring future landscape architects through her internship program.

e. k. smith landscape design represents the highest quality in all aspects of landscape contracting, design and workmanship. Elise and her team of contractors are all highly knowledgeable, and represent the best in the industry. 

e.k. smith landscape design's areas of expertise include: