Since 1986, Kim Rieber has always had a love of creating beautiful, environmentally conscious outdoor living spaces that combine function and form. For the past three generations, her family has been involved in all things green. She believes that the power of a garden can have impact on not only your yard but your life. Inspired by her mother who was left with no eyesight or sense of smell after a long battle with cancer, Kim loves to create spaces that beckon people to their outdoor spaces. She designs with the intent to create an outdoor space that melts away stress, provides relaxation and brings happiness to all who enjoy it. Kim created a special place with those exact elements for her mother; a space filled with texture, sitting areas washed in sunlight for warmth, and alcoves protected from the wind for tranquility. The sensory garden Kim created for her mother inspired her to create similar spaces for children as well as retirement community residents.
If Kim had to choose a favorite tree, it would be the redbud. When the redbud comes awash in bloom, it’s a sure sign that spring is here! The contrast of the bark against the purple-pink flowers is striking. She also loves white flowers sprinkled throughout a landscape. Some favorites are daisies and hydrangeas. Kim loves a pop of white in a landscape because it makes all other hues seem bolder and brighter, and the way white makes the landscape come aglow at night.
In 2011, she graduated from DMACC with a degree in landscape design, horticulture and greenhouse management and has worked as a designer in the Des Moines metro since. She joined the Wright Outdoor Solutions team in 2017 and brought more than 30 years of green experience and knowledge to the team. Kim loves to design and implement beautiful spaces, especially shade gardens, that bring life, texture, and color to areas that can often be difficult to grow in. Her philosophy is that an outdoor space should provide not only beauty but function; it should be lived in and felt, tasted, seen and heard.