About Us


Acquire a fantastic landscape for your home or office! Bear Creek Landscaping LLC is an Eastside landscape company which offers terrific looking landscaping that is within your budget. We routinely have jobs in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, Seattle and as far away as the mountains and islands around the beautiful Puget Sound.

Makers of an impeccable landscape design in Washington, Bear Creek Landscaping, LLC. always works the extra mile to provide you quality services. With over 30 years of experience in the landscaping industry, our team of dedicated and professional landscape technicians guarantee to give you exceptional landscaping services that you truly deserve.

Aside from a remarkable landscape design, we also provide landscape maintenance, water features, pond, and practically everything you need in the area of landscaping. We work with our clients to create beautiful environments on time and within a budget. (Jokingly, clients call us the “yard crashers.”)


Looking to sell your home or property?  If so, a staged yard is a proven way of impressing potential buyers and also enhancing your real estate listing. Bear Creek Landscaping is proud to have helped dozens of clients and agents successfully sell their homes.

Our other specialty is remodeling and home make overs. We have access to our own nurseries that utilize mature plant material where the client wants something full grown.

We are fully licensed, insured and Bonded (Contractors Reg BEARCCL882P3).

Our Team

Mike Clifford

General Manager, Senior Designer

Mike has done hundreds of projects over the years locally. He has done everything from small courtyards to large ranches. He has created five NW Flower and Garden show exhibits, traveled to China as an ambassador for the US green industry, and created gardens in Arizona, California and Los Cabos, Mexico. He also grows unusual trees in his 20 acre nursery in Redmond, Washington.

  • Street of Dreams Winner 1991
  • Northwest Flower/Garden Show Winner

Kyle Clifford

Landscape Designer

Kyle has been with Bear Creek for the past 10 years working and understanding processes in construction and maintenance. He is currently one of our maintenance supervisors and prides himself on customer communication and education. “I like landscaping because there is a satisfaction in helping people imagine and implement ideas that transform their yards into beautiful, personalized ecosystems.”

Kyle was born and raised in Washington and has grown up with an appreciation and fascination for natural environments and plants his entire life. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus on urban planning and environmental mitigation including over 30 hours of volunteer experience with salmon habitat restoration. He graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with an Associates of Applied Sciences and is a certified professional horticulturalist within the state of Washington.

Kyle is an avid outdoorsmen spending most weekends either fishing, camping, skiing or mountaineering.

Joe Givler

Landscape Designer

Joe offers his clients a highly developed design aesthetic coupled with extensive plant knowledge, outstanding composition skills and a strong commitment to developing programs and budgets that best meet the needs of his clients. Joe also creates hardscape solutions, from patios to pergolas, that fit in seamlessly with the home and surrounding landscape. He is well known for his urban landscapes and for his dramatic use of texture, form and color.

Steve Heuett

Irrigation Specialist

I am the lead irrigation tech here at Bear Creek Landscaping. I have 7 years experience in the irrigation field. I’ve had the benefit of learning and working with some of the premier irrigation companies in the Seattle area. It was a natural progression from my original profession, pool repair tech. Problem solving and troubleshooting came natural to me. A few of my goals here at Bear Creek, are to ensure that every customer receives professional and friendly service. A high quality, reliable, and affordable irrigation system. Also, to inform our customers of the different options in which we can provide irrigation to their landscape needs.

Some of my personal interests are: hiking, fishing, backpacking, camping, surfing and snowboarding. Also spending time with my son most of all. Everything life has to offer me.

Jeff Mitchell

Redmond, Bothell, Woodinville

Jeff has been with Bear Creek Landscaping, LLC, off and on for over seven years.  You may be familiar with him as he has been working our irrigation and lighting for some time.  Jeff has recently moved to the Maintenance Division and has assumed Kristin DeRose’s areas.  Jeff comes with over 27 years of landscaping experience.  This includes all phases of landscaping: construction, lighting, irrigation, design, etc.

Russ Weaver

Chief Operations Officer

Russ is the new guy with the Bear Creek Landscaping team.  Russ brings over two decades of leadership and operational experience to the team.  After spending time in the US Navy and over 15 years in EMS as a Paramedic/Fire Fighter he spent 10 years in retail.  Russ has been in all levels of management and leadership.  He served as a Captain for three different counties also filling the role of Chaplain.  Russ achieved his MBA from Western Washington University in 2018 and serves Bear Creek Landscaping as the Chief Operations Officer.

Dan Cromwell

Pond and Water Features Specialist

Dan started working with ponds in 2013, after falling in love with the one at his place.  He also has 30 years experience as a specialty carpenter and can fix anything.   He enjoys working with clients to help them solve their pond issues. He enjoys a good challenge and refurbishes ponds to make them better complement the landscape.  He works with clients to make sure their ponds stay beautify and healthy long term by ensuring they are well informed about needed maintenance.

Carolyn Gutierrez

Account Manager / Sales

New to Bear Creek Landscaping, Carolyn brings almost 15 years of experience in various aspects of the business, including landscape services account management, seasonal color & container gardens, and garden design and several years as co-owner a design/build business. “Each property is unique, and I enjoy building relationships with clients to ensure that their gardens are beautiful, healthy and above all, enjoyed and appreciated.”  Always seeking opportunities to learn and evolve, Carolyn has earned a master pruner certification and will soon be taking the CPH exam to become a certified professional horticulturist in the state of Washington. 

Some of Carolyn’s activities outside of work include playing bass with her musician husband, photography, antique collecting, jewelry design, boating, and spending time with her family.

Awards: NWFGS ‘Urban Living’  |  2014 – Best Design  |  2016 – Best Plant Material