Brasada Ranch

Brasada Ranch Resort Entrance Pond

Brasada Ranch is a destination resort located near Powell Butte in Central Oregon. It offers all of the amenities – golf course, community buildings, rental properties as well as homes.

Property Description and Setting

900 acres of open space as well as thousands of acres of public land adjacent to the property

Project Description

Response To Nature designed and installed the planting, irrigation, water features, and drainage courses for all of the community spaces. We continue to work with Brasada as the development grows.

Because Brasada Ranch is very focused on green building. We contribute to that effort by ensuring that our plant choices and irrigation components acquire LEED points. Our design team is proficient in documenting and preparing documentation to facilitate this process.

When we are not busy with the community projects, we also install residential projects.

Project Goals Environmental Stewardship

Design landscapes in alignment with green building and Brasada Ranch’s commitment to “walking softly on the land.”

  • The community encourages residents to use sustainable energy resources like passive solar and “Earth Advantage” certified products.
  • All commercial buildings are built to the highest standards in compliance with Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Gold” specifications — the most widely-recognized accreditation body for sustainable building and design in the country, and the benchmark for high-performance green buildings.
  • Brasada Ranch became the first-ever destination resort in the state of Oregon (and just the fourth nationally) to earn the prestigious U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification rating. The LEED “Gold” certification was bestowed on Brasada Ranch’s Discovery Center, an 8,300-square-foot building. In addition, Brasada Ranch became the first-ever resort in the U.S. to achieve the LEED Gold rating specifically for “New Construction,” which is one of several categories under which projects can be submitted for application.

Historic Preservation

Select a plant palette that captures the feel of rural farmsteads and helps preserve Crook County’s ranching heritage.

  • In support of historic preservation, some of Brasada Ranch’s building projects re-use timber salvaged from Ochoco Mill, which was recently demolished.

Brasada Information taken from Brasada Resort Fact Sheet, November

Native Landscape in Bend

Native, mossy boulders create natural planting terraces as a solution for 9 feet of elevation change.

Native Landscaping Bend – Relocated from the tropics of Florida, this couple wanted a landscape that blended with the native surroundings while being very low maintenance. Starting with a severe elevation change from the road to the garage, our team built rock retaining walls of native moss boulders that flanked either side of the driveway. The boulders not only retained the topographic cut but created a natural amenity upon entering the property. Other key landscape elements include: ornamental and native grasses planted in the courtyard entry and industrial concrete planters. Our team also created drainage solutions to direct storm-water from the rooftops and hardscape such as pavers. Native Aspens, Desert Sweet, Sage, Penstemon, Oregon Sunshine, Kinnikinnick, and many more add diversity as well as blend with the native Central Oregon landscape.

Tumalo Residence

Recreational pond, swim pond, kayak pond with white sandy beach for sunbathing, mossy boulders line the pond edge.

This property was designed and constructed as a recreational retreat. The heart of the property is the pond. Our construction team excavated and built the pond with a deep and shallow end and a diving rock similar to a pool. Everyone enjoys this big pond in every way from swimming, diving, kayaking, and sunbathing on the white sandy beach. Added amenities include: two beautifully composed water features-one a bubbling spring with re-circulating stream that flows into the pond and the riparian fish pond emerging next to the breezeway. Pavers, designed to look like natural stone, connect the house to the shop and create a patio that looks onto the pond. Planting integrates into the surrounding landscape and frames the majestic jaw dropping mountain views. There is no need to leave this property where you will feel like you are on vacation everyday!

Desert Oasis

Desert Oasis with a bear.

This lovely home is in Sisters. The designer, Chris Henderson of Heartsprings Design, hired us to build this project to her and the client specifications. The site includes a water feature, paver patio, native enhanced drought plants, natural stone pathways, and other native materials to integrate the design with the site.

The clients of this property wanted a drought tolerant, low maintenance, entertainment friendly and native enhancing landscape. Heart Springs Design created a plan that addressed all of the client’s needs. With Heart Springs Design blueprint in hand, the Response to Nature crew installed this unique landscape. Big, natural stone slab steps and natural earth tone stepping stones are used to create the impressive entry. Native mossy boulders are used to retain earth to provide multiple planting and outdoor living levels. Flowing out of native rock is a waterfeature that blends with nature and provides sound that soothes. The water feature looks like it has been on this property for many years and meanders through mossy boulders that our crew meticulously installed. Inspired by nature our foreman and owner Bob directed the mechanics and aesthetics of this stand alone beauty. The paver patio adjacent to the house was built with a flagstone look and functional product. Pavers were scribed with peripheral boulders so the end result was “one with nature”. The planting palette blends with the native scape that the crew also restored. We cannot wait to see the owners entertain their guests at dinner on the natural stone terraces while listening to the waterfall with amazing mountain views!

Vacation Retreat

Rural, rustic outdoor living room vacation space.

Located in in the pine forests of Sisters, this weekend get-away was designed with low-maintenance, native deer tolerant plants focusing on outdoor living space and the natural environment. The original outdoor space consisted of a small rectalinear deck which limited useability. Our designer and team created an organically shaped paver patio with a rock firepit of indigenous natural rock. This allowed the client room for their outdoor furniture and barbecue, to spend their weekends away from the city, relaxing in their outdoor livingroom.

English Garden Retreat

Joe Pye Weed, Sweet Woodruff, Jupiter’s Beard, Brunneria , and Astilbe all make a beautiful shade garden.

Response To Nature’s Sandy Melchiori has worked closely with this client over the last couple years to create a this riot of color at their home along side the Aspen Lakes Golf Course. Something is always in bloom and drawing your eye to its vividness.

The design process began while the residence was being constructed in 2009. The bones of the garden were installed early in 2010. Since then we continue to finesse and add to this vibrant landscape.


Outdoor living room.

These long time Bend residents have a charming home on the Deschutes River. They recently acquired an adjacent lot that needed to be integrated into their existing site. This residence has a distinctive Italian character. The new outdoor living space needed to reflect this European flavor and merge with the established landscape.

Sandy worked with a local landscape architect in the early conceptual phases of this design. Our landscape designer, Angie Snell, refined the design and elaborated on the details of construction.

The grotto influenced head falls of the water feature spill into the unique steel runnel. The water gently spills into the lower pool where it swirls around the custom natural gas firepit.

This project is the result of collaboration between many different contractors: building, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and landscape.

Suburban Simplicity

Back yard planting.

Response To Nature worked with this couple to phase in their landscape improvements over a two year period. The first phase included rennovations and additions to the front and side yards. In the second phase of installation, we replace a small concrete slab patio with this attractive paver patio. Also included in phase two was the recirculating urn water feature and a fun plant pallet that the deer can’t get to in this private, fenced back yard.

Resort Living

Paver patio.

When a couple moves from the lush Portland landscape that they created to the high desert in Sisters, Oregon they want a hint of home in their new yard. Expansive green lawn is a key element in their landscape. Children, grandchildren, and their golden retriever will enjoy recreating on the big open lush emerald lawn. Groups of deciduous trees make a parklike setting. Private intimate garden and patio places become essential to this couple’s lifestyle. 

Upon entering the front enclosed courtyard, the sound of water flowing from the mossy volcanic boulder waterfall pulls with amazing sound. RTN enlarged the paver walkway into two patios flanking both sides of the front door. The owners often enjoy this courtyard on their patio furniture, sip coffee and listen to the waterfall and watch the birds in the new habitat. 

Another treat created by the RTN team is the secret garden with pavers and raised boulder planting areas to grow vegetables, blueberries, and cutflowers. Out back is an alpine perennial garden in the rockery next to a circular paver patio that has been enlarged to accommodate an outdoor dining table. The view from this patio of a big pond with native and golden willows growing on an island is outstanding! Everywhere you look there is jaw dropping views created by our team.