Hailey Mackay – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Hailey Mackay, Associate ASLA, Certified Arborist

Associate | Landscape & Site Design

Hailey has deep Pacific Northwest roots, reaching back to when her family homesteaded in western Washington in the late 19th century. Growing up spending time in both urban and rural environments informs Hailey’s work and her perspective on planting design, the value of establishing functional ecosystems in urban and natural areas, and the impact of built environments on human and environmental health.

With a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oil painting from Western Washington University, Hailey brings an attention to detail and enthusiasm for tactility to every project. Hailey has a passion for exploring design at various scales — from micro to metropolitan — and how the implementation of effective planting and creative solutions can have a positive impact on everyday life. As an intern at Schulze + Grassov, an urban design firm in Copenhagen, Denmark, Hailey worked on an international, interdisciplinary team on projects in London, Copenhagen, and Berlin to design functional spaces that facilitate public life and encourage human delight.

Beyond designing landscapes professionally, Hailey is an avid gardener who loves getting into the intricate details of plants, how they grow, their needs, habits, and the nuances of how they impact the landscape, creating refreshing and delightful experiences year-round. She is particularly interested in studying the evolution of ‘novel ecosystems’ — naturally occurring combinations of native and introduced plant species that evolve their own functioning ecologies and microclimates.

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Firm Culture
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Public Life Study: Professional People-Watching!

Join us! With the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and the Seattle Department of Transportation, B&V is collaborating on “Public Life Counts!” — a public life study of how our community uses public spaces. Data collected will inform an equitable and holistic planning process to shape active, safe, and well-connected public spaces on Capitol Hill.

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Landscape Architecture

Why Should You Hire a Certified Arborist?

The proper care of trees is crucial to their health and to the safety of the people enjoying them. The relationship between trees, people, and the structures we build requires a managed balance. Certified Arborists play a key role in all this; explore how in this conversation with our in-house certified arborist, Hailey Mackay.

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Arts & Culture, Events, Seattle Design Community

DIY Urbanism

Every year, communities come together to take back parking-spot-sized parcels of the street, transforming them into pedestrian-centric installations. Though PARK(ing) Day lasts mere hours, other forms of tactical urbanism exist globally in various degrees of permanence, engaging and influencing the evolution of communities, public space, and informing the relationship between an urban environment its inhabitants.

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Landscape Architecture

Creating Vibrant Layers in Your Garden

Layered planting doesn’t have to be complex and, if done correctly, layering can reduce your garden maintenance and increase the time you spend actually enjoying your garden. From the ground plane to the backdrop, you can create your own luscious, layered garden by following these simple concepts.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Golden Summer, Rain or Shine

What do Golden Rain Tree, Cone Flower, and Thyme have in common? They can all bring lovely golden colors to your landscape. Learn more about the virtues of these three plants and why you may find them to be the perfect addition in your garden.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Adding a Little Drama to Your Shade Garden

Three of our favorite plants for giving your shade garden some extra pop are Stewartia, Bear’s Breeches, and Cranesbill. Here’s a little on why we love them, how to help them thrive in your garden, and some ideas for pairing them with other plants.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Spring Comes to Pacific Northwest Forests

Spring in Pacific Northwest forests brings new growth, lush in the damp, misty woods. Among the seemingly endless shades green, there are also a few lovely, subtle blossoms to enjoy. Learn about three of our favorites, found during a walk in the woods: Pacific dogwood, trumpet honeysuckle, and false lily of the valley.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: April Showers Bring May Flowers

After the spring rains, who doesn’t love some May flowers? There are plenty of them out there heralding the growing season, and here we’ll highlight some of our favorites: Magnolia, Sweet Olive, and Fairy Wings. Learn not only to recognize them, but what they like, and if they’d be a good fit for your yard.

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Going Green, Landscape Architecture

Planting for Bees: Sustainable & Bee-utiful Landscapes

In honor of Earth Day, let’s talk about a crucial part of our global ecosystem that needs our help: bees. How can you help? Lots of ways! Read on for a few to get you started, including how you can support bees in your garden, or even from a tiny balcony.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Early Spring Flowers

It’s definitely starting to feel like spring, even if we know there’s more rain around the corner. Early spring flowers are emerging, marking the start of the beautiful seasonal change, leaving winter behind. Read on to learn about three of our favorite early-blooming powerhouses: cornelian cherry, manzanita, and crocus.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Contrasting Winter Colors

In winter landscapes, there are certainly fewer blooms, but fortunately, even dormant plants can offer visual interest. Contrasting winter colors in the landscape often come from other elements of the plant, such as the bark. These three plants are some of the ones we’ve enjoyed seeing shining through the snowy weather.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Sights & Scents of Midwinter

Is winter all just chilly, dark, and gloomy? Well, maybe if you don’t know where to look, or where to sniff. Don’t fret, there are some lovely — often overlooked — sights and scents to enjoy in the midwinter landscape, and we’ll explore some of our favorites here: Witch Hazel, Daphne, and Sarcococca (or Sweet Box).

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Textures & Colors of Winter

Winter landscapes can be full of textures and colors, includling blooms! There is a lot to love, but here are three of our favorites for Pacific Northwest winter gardens: Oregon Grape, Setsugekka Camellia, and Golden Sweet Flag. Learn a little about them, how to care for them, and how to feature them in your garden.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Late Autumn in the Pacific Northwest

As our Pacific Northwest autumn months get darker and darker, it’s easy to feel a little gloomy. But, if you look around, there are actually a lot of beautiful flowers blooming, even in the chill and rain. Here are a few of our favorites to watch in the late autumn season.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Early Autumn in the Pacific Northwest

Even though the Pacific Northwest is known for its eternal greenery (Hello, Emerald City!), we do still have plenty of beautiful fall colors. Here are three of our favorites, from trees to sedums that thrive in our northwest climate and will brighten up your fall day.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now, In August: Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas may be well-known, but did you there are a variety of different types? From the aptly-named ‘Incrediball’ to even a climbing version (really!) — here the details on a few of our favorites, recommendations on where to plant them, and how to make sure they get what they need to be a champ bloomer.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: Moon Gardens in July

How much do you love a moon garden? When designing your landscape, don’t forget you can plan not only for the experience of the garden in the day time, but also the late night hours! These blooming plants are great candidates for a beautiful (and great smelling) night garden.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: June in Seattle

June in Seattle is also known as “Juneuary,” thanks to our famously rainy early summers. But there are still plenty of flowers to enjoy at this time of year, and you could argue they look even better glistening with raindrops. Read on to learn about the Japanese Snowbell, the Pacific Mock Orange, and Creeping Honeysuckle.

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Firm Culture

Introducing, Hailey Mackay!

It‘s time to say hello to a new B&V’er in the landscape and site design studio: Hailey Mackay! Hailey grew up inhabiting both the urban and rural environments of the Pacific Northwest, and the experience of balancing those contexts to informs her work today.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: In Seattle, Dogwood Trees!

Are you wondering: “What are those trees blooming in late spring, with large flowers in shades of pink or white?” They might be dogwoods, a powerhouse of landscape design that has a number of great cultivars and varieties. Here are a few of our favorite dogwood varieties, along with some details about their care and preferences.

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Landscape Architecture

What’s Blooming Now: A Quick Guide for Spring Plants in Seattle

Wondering what's blooming in Seattle in the spring? Maybe you’ve noticed some flowers on your walks around town and don’t know what they are? We are certainly big fans of when the flowers start peeking out in the spring. Here is a quick guide to some of our favorites that you will find in Seattle.

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