Where would you start if you were tasked with re-wilding a 1,100-acre inholding in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) before it was assimilated into the park? How would you begin revitalizing the area around Jenny Lake, the single-most visited spot in GTNP? Most people would be intimidated by the scope and permanence of either project, but landscape architects Bonny and Mark Hershberger rose to the challenge of both. (See what they did on the former by visiting GTNP’s Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, which won a 2014 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The latter, which was a five-year project, will be finished this summer.)
Mark founded Hershberger Design out of a storage room in the couple’s garage in Wilson in 2001. At that time, Bonny still worked for Aspen, Colorado-based Design Workshop, where she was the first female partner in that firm’s history. By 2004, Bonny says she “came to realize that I did my best work with Mark” and joined him at Hershberger Design. Today the firm has six employees, more awards for both public and residential projects than they can count, and a fierce appreciation for the natural landscape. “We try very hard not to do more than we need to,” Bonny says. “We work outside in a beautiful place, and the environment needs to speak the loudest.” Here the couple shares some of the things that inspire them.