About pbd


Pruning by Design is a small women owned limited liability company with a team of pruning specialists and landscape professionals, working in metro DC, MD and VA – providing expert pruning for your shrubs and small ornamental trees.  We do residential landscape design plans for plantings and hardscapes and facilitate full service installation.  We also offer Arborist consultations for tree health care and IPM monitoring.

We use art and science to prune selectively.
fine hand pruning of shrubs and ornamental trees
arborist services consultation and risk assessments
garden design residential landscape master plans, planting plans and installation management
learn more about our services

We’d love to meet you so please call or write to schedule a visit.
Contact us at pruningbydesign@gmail.com
Annika Haksar | principal, Certified Arborist  (240) 515-6963
Adele Medina O’Dowd | principal, Certified Arborist  (202) 255-0728
4702 Derussey Pkwy Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

“Selective Hand Pruning” means that we use hand tools along with our experienced eyes to shape new plantings and rejuvenate mature ones carefully and precisely selecting each cut we make.  We open up the shrub to allow in light for growth in the interior.  We invigorate plants by restructuring and encouraging stronger branching.  We know when to cut and when NOT to, paying attention to the new growth on each branch, annual bloom and dormancy times, and changes throughout the season.  We also monitor your shrubs and trees to nip potential problems in the bud.  Proper pruning can invigorate your landscape creating a lush environment for all seasons. 


Annika Haksar  principal of Pruning by Design  |  Annika is ISA Certified Arborist, a Swedish native who came to the DC area after obtaining a PhD in Economics  with a focus on the environment, to work at the World Bank. Wanting more time for her family as her children grew, Annika pursued a life-long interest in gardening by learning the fine art of hand pruning. When she is not working, Annika enjoys cooking local, organic and healthy meals for her family and is a ceramic artist.

Annika Haksar  |  MA-6313A   ISA

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Adele Medina O’Dowd  |  principal of Pruning by Design  |  Adele is a ISA Certified Arborist,  Tree Risk Assessment qualified, studied Integrated Pest Management practices and is a Landscape Designer (also principal of the firm willowlandscapedesign.net.) She has been designing and working in gardens professionally since 2007 and before that as a web site and interactive designer for museums. She received a certificate in landscape design in 2009 from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1988 from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, Adele was a featured speaker at the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council’s annual conference.  Adele is a runner, ceramic artist, music lover and loves gardening at night.

Adele Medina O’Dowd  |  MA-6137A, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified   xxxxxx



Gitte   |  Pbd Team  |  Gitte is a native of Denmark. GitteKolindpbdShe grew up in the countryside playing infinite hours at her uncle’s plant nursery. These early experiences of rose fields, seed bins, and plant propagation left enduring impressions.  A ceramic artist, many of Gitte’s sculptures are inspired by trees and their seedpods.  Before joining pbd, Gitte worked with another hand pruning company in the area.  Her interests include ceramics, yoga, and river walks.




Cole Norton | Pbd Team

Cole   |  Pbd Team  |  Cole is a ceramic artist and teacher. He is a lifelong gardener with a passion for permaculture. Some of his interests are hiking, food preservation and traditional folk crafts.





Wendy Schleicher Pbd Team  |


TeamPbD front: Cole, Annika, back: Adele, Wendy, Gitte





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