About Us


Our Philosophy

Response To Nature is a Central Oregon landscaping company dedicated to designing and building landscapes that respond to your lifestyle and the surrounding natural world.

We believe in removing the boundary between you and nature by creating a natural interface through your custom landscape.

Design: We strive to balance beauty and function in landscape designs that enhance your property, lifestyle and community.

Build: We work to build relationships through landscaping – from our relationship with nature to our relationship with our clients, vendors, community, and other local contractors.

Live: We try to contribute to the world we live in – especially the shared community of man and nature – by supporting sustainable and green landscape design practices.


Our landscape has exceeded our expectations. Jose and Alex are masters.
Jim Dennis

“After meeting with three landscape firms, we selected Response To Nature to design and implement a major upgrade of our 3.4 acre Bend/Tumalo homesite. We were extremely pleased with the results. We found the Response To Nature staff to be very creative and responsive and would highly recommend the company to others.”
Paul and Barbara Dickinson

“What a pleasant experience working with the both of you and your crew! Our backyard was a challenge, but your crew remained focused and cordial throughout the process. We are very pleased with the outcome! Thanks for a job well done!”
Michelle & Jim Farneth

"Bob and Sandy are the best design-build team. We were impressed with the implementation from the artistic plan to the construction of the finished landscape."
Teresa Schnell

"Jose and his crew do an outstanding job with the landscaping, especially with what they've done in front of the pro-shop, and more recently the great job they've done with the new pond by the trestle. It really looks great and they were even laying sod in the rain. Great job guys!"
Lisa Hall, Assistant General Manager, Brasada Ranch

Our Team

Each individual in this diverse group of professionals brings something special that contributes to the greater strength of our Response To Nature team. When the project is over, clients are sad to see us go!

Here are the faces you’ll see and the feet on your ground:

Sandy Melchiori
Sandy ~Melchiori - Head ~Landscape Designer

Sandy MelchioriCo-Owner, Head Landscape Designer

Sandy is the heart and soul of Response To Nature. She brings a unique background and combination of skills, including an expertise in landscape architecture, her love of gardening, and a colorful artistic flare honed by years of painting oils and pastels. Sandy volunteers her talents the Sisters School Art Program. Expect her designs to respect the local plant community, provide creative excitement, and integrateto her commitment to family and community.

Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University, Indiana

Landscape Contractors License

Master Gardener Certificate

Showing her oil paintings in Bend, Oregon and Sisters, Oregon Friday Art Walks

Sandy's paintings of pastoral scenes, cows, chickens at Black Butte Ranch Lodge summer of 2016

Bob Frack
ob rack, Co-Owner and Construction Manager

Bob Frack – Co-Owner, Construction Manager

Bob is our main man in the field. He oversees the construction side of the business, and he keeps the landscaping construction team on task and your project on target. You’ll see Bob on-site, communicating with the crew, keeping you informed of how things are progressing, and getting your feedback at critical points during the process. When he’s not bidding jobs and running landscaping crews, Bob is busy restoring classic cars.

Horticulture Associate Degree from Clackamas Community College.

23 years of landscape installation experience

Ranch Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Manager – Hyee Ranch in Tumalo

Varied Management Background

Jose - Commercial Construction Foreman

Jose – Commercial Construction Foreman

Jose has worked at Brasada Ranch landscaping installations. He is well-respected by his crew and clients for his work ethic and dedication to accuracy. Jose is bilingual and acts as the perfect liaison between Spanish-speaking team-members and the local clientele. Jose attends to the small details that elevate a project from good to great. Residential and Commercial Construction Foreman with Response To Nature since 2000.

To know us is to know our services!

Our Services