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Creating beautiful outdoor spaces for more than three decades.

Since 1985, David Rolston Landscape Architects has provided a wide range of landscape architecture services to residential and commercial clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The firm’s work spans diverse types of projects including traditional landscapes, contemporary garden design, formal outdoor spaces, pool design, deck design, and casual recreation areas.

David Rolston Landscape Architects has developed a reputation for helping clients create outdoor spaces that reflects their unique tastes and specific needs in a cohesive creative vision.

The firm has worked alongside some of the region’s most esteemed architects, and the media has praised the clear creative vision, skilled use of structural elements, and sensitivity to the environment that typify a Rolston landscape design.

Click here for a tour of David’s own backyard which appeared on GardenSMART TV on PBS.

David Rolston

David Rolston


Principal David Rolston’s work reflects both his passion for gardening and his genuine enjoyment of people and their unique tastes. His keen interest in plants and a practical understanding of botany were developed early in life on the Iowa farm where he grew up.

Dave’s inventiveness and passion for gardening finds expression in his landscape design through many of his choices, which often employ native plants, plants adapted to local conditions, and experiments with unfamiliar perennials.

“One of the things I most enjoy is learning about what a person likes and who they are as people… then finding coherent ways to express that in the landscape.”

Dave became a registered landscape architect in 1982 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. Directly out of school, he joined a design build firm in Minneapolis. Shortly after he moved to Dallas and worked with James E. Lambert and Associates. Then in 1984 Dave set out and founded his own firm and has been digging and designing beautiful landscapes in Dallas and beyond ever since.

Dave is interested in all of the arts and collaborates with many architect friends and with his wife Julie Cohn, a fine artist who currently designs and manufactures an artisan jewelry line.) They work on their garden together and brainstorm ideas, Dave with his more functional design sensibility and Julie with an artist perspective. The mixing of the two directions opens and stimulates the creative process in both their work.

Dave also enjoys his time tinkering in his own large backyard oasis at his home in the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas. He says, “It’s my playground and laboratory. It’s a fun place to learn and experiment with plants and design.”

Patrick Boyd

Patrick Boyd

Principal, Senior Designer

Patrick, a native Dallasite, grew up traveling the state, learning as a child to appreciate the native beauty of Texas. He gained his passion for horticulture at an early age from his mother and grandmother, who were avid gardeners. Currently, he resides in a restored 1910 farmhouse on a half-acre wooded property in Oak Cliff. His large yard is an evolving laboratory for his passion in gardening and landscape design and construction.

Patrick has worked with David Rolston since 1996, beginning at Rolston & Bonick, the firm’s popular Dallas garden shop (now closed), as a buyer and landscape designer. He still loves the hunt for the unique and unusual in garden antiques, ornaments and accessories, and incorporating such finds into his client’s landscape designs. By specifying exterior furniture, fabric, accessories and architectural paint choices congruent with a landscape design plan, Patrick is able to provide his clients a balanced and cohesive landscape, tailored to suit their individual requirements.

“I endeavor to design landscapes that respond to the local, natural environment and are geared towards a client’s unique property and the relationship between their lifestyle and their landscape… how they live in their landscape.”

Still an eager traveler, Patrick now plans his wandering around opportunities to tour private gardens, landscapes of merit and historic properties, keeping his finger on the pulse of emerging design trends.

Patrick has been involved with numerous organizations, including the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Oak Cliff Garden Tours and The Garden Conservancy. Currently he is working with the Preservation Dallas’ Modern Committee to bridge the relationship between late 20th century architecture and landscape.

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