About Helios Landscape Design
We strive to build a relationship with our clients so we can design an outdoor space they will enjoy for years to come.
Inspiring humans who inhabit the landscapes through living, breathing and intentional designs.
Landscape designers who create a vision for a life outdoors that is rooted in intention, colored by living materials, and driven by collaboration.
- Focus on design, so you can imagine the possibilities of your outdoor space
- Take the time to understand our clients’ space & needs
- Tread as lightly as we can. We care about our local communities & our environment
- Source materials & plants as locally as possible
- Do our part to take care of soil, water & air
- Work collaboratively with local suppliers, installers & maintenance companies that value respect, fairness & integrity
Meet the Helios Team
The Helios Pup
How it all began…
Founder & Lead Landscape Designer
Kristen Whitehead was born in Boulder & grew up as the stereotypical outdoor-loving Colorado kid.
She went to Colorado State University to study Environmental Horticulture for Landscape Design and Contracting. After graduating in 2013, Kristen started working for a high-end residential landscape design-build firm in Fort Collins and then moved to Denver to take a job as a commercial estimator. Kristen started Helios in 2016 after missing design and the connections she made by reviewing landscape plans at messy dining room tables.
In loving memory of Michael Roach
Michael Roach, Kristen’s late husband, had officially joined the Helios team in 2021. He was a loving husband, son, brother, and friend, as well as the best prankster, a talented musician, and a truly rare individual. He left the world suddenly and unexpectedly in April of 2022 at age 32.
Michael and Kristen met during driver’s education and sparked a remarkable love story that endures and continues to inspire us everyday. Michael completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Colorado State University. His major was Liberal Arts, although he certainly could have double-majored in Japes, Capers, and Escapades. After college, Michael let his versatile nature take hold and held a variety of jobs from a utility technician for the City of Lafayette, to a financial advisor, and finally by helping grow Helios Landscape Design to a thriving business, as our Coordination Manager. He was the brightest light and glue that kept all things at Helios running smoothly, efficiently, and helped grow what the company is today. Michael had a superhuman ability to talk to and befriend anyone from any walk of life. He was not only successful but truly well-loved everywhere he went.