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.

“If you think it is expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”
Red Adair

Words From Our Clients

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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

Co-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

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

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.

Advanced Training and Licenses

Keeping Up in Our Profession

Landscape Business and Plant Classes

February 2019: Sandy, our lead landscape designer expanded her knowledge of the landscape industry by attending landscape business and plant classes sponsored by Ewing Irrigation and received credit for Landscape Construction License.

Curbing the Flow, Streetscapes in Bend

February 2017: Staff attended this class sponsored by the City of Bend Utility Department and received technical credits for Landscape Construction License.

Glueless Irrigation Fittings Class

February 2017: Staff attended this class sponsored by Ewing Irrigation and received technical credits for Landscape Construction License.

LED Lighting Classes

Our landscape designers attended landscape lighting classes to expand their knowledge of the current landscape lighting technology.

Landscape Lighting Class

February 2017: Staff attended this class, sponsored by Fx Lighting and received technical credits for Landscape Construction License.

Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

Response To Nature is a proud construction member of the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association (OLCA). As a landscape contractor, we offer a variety of services, including design, installation and maintenance of your property based on your specific needs and requests.  We have landscape designers and project managers on staff, offering the expertise to create and orchestrate the complete design and installation of the most complex landscapes. www.oregonlandscape.org

LiveRoof®

We continue to be a LiveRoof® Certified Installer. LiveRoof® is an integrated eco-roof system designed by growers in conjunction with experts in the fields of architecture, roofing, logistics, and ergonomics.  It is designed to grow plants! Composed of recycled plastic materials, LiveRoof® is based upon sound horticultural principles.  It is earth-friendly, as well as rooftop functional and aesthetically pleasing. www.liveroof.com