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creative:impact - The Craft And Art Of Landscape Design

Traven Pelletier
Lotus Gardenscapes

Every homeowner wants his/her house to really stand out, and well thought-out landscaping can make that possible.  Traven Pelletier is lead designer of Lotus Gardenscapes in Dexter, and he and his team have turned the craft into extraordinary works of art.  Pelletier talks about his work with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."

Deb Polich
Deb Polich, President and CEO of the Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.

About Lotus Gardenscapes

Lotus Gardenscapes
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The Lotus Gardenscapes Team

Lotus Gardenscapes, Inc., is an award-winning design/build landscaping company.  In 2015, Lotus Gardenscapes merged with the firm Elemental Design under owner Traven Pelletier. The firm says, "A landscape is not a static composition, but a living and changing presence."  

About Traven Pelletier

Owner Traven Pelletier is the lead designer at Lotus Gardenscapes and heads up a group of creative and dedicated professionals.  Known for his creative approach and unique artistic designs, Traven brings talent and an artist’s eye to the design and build side of the company, he is a Michigan Licensed Builder, and a Certified Green Professional.


With Traven’s artistic focus, Lotus Gardenscapes has expanded its repertoire beyond planting and stone construction to include decks and wood garden structures along with environmental art and award winning designs. Traven works with a strong and passionate team that includes landscape architects, horticulturalists, artists, builders and skilled craftsmen. 

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