Sustainable, ecologically-sound landscaping in Asheville and Western North Carolina


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Carolina Native Landscapes has served western North Carolina since 1998. Owner and founder Tom Mainolfi holds degrees in both architecture and landscape design from the University of Tennessee and George Washington University, and brings a wide variety of experience to every project—including over twenty years’ experience as a mason working in stone, brick, and block.

CNL is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and establishment of southern Appalachian plant communitites, the creation of outdoor spaces to enjoy these habitats, and the education of clients as to the value of native plant communities. We specialize in the design and use of plant material native to our region, and every project we do benefits from this basic approach—from simple backyard gardens to reforestation, wetland, and streambank projects, and the renaturalization of disturbed areas (including native grass and wildflower meadows and bird habitats).

We’ve completed and installed designs in such places as the Catawba Falls Preserve, Cheshire Village in Black Mountain, The Cliffs a Walnut Cove, Lake Keowee, and Lake Toxaway. These include a wide variety of projects, such as LEED-certified homes, small urban lots, large mountainside residences, churches, parks, summer camps, and commercial properties.

We are members of the Environmental & Conservation Organization of Henderson County, the Eastern Native Tree Society, the North Carolina Native Plant Society, Enature, the Society of Ecological Restoration, the WNC Green Building Council, and the Ecological Landscaping Association.

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I want to tell you about Tom Mainolfi. First of all, he is a wonderful artist, full of passion for planning lovely native landscape spaces. And then he uses his sense of proportion and all the heavy machinery it entails to create the vision, placing rocks to build patios and walls and next truly preparing the soil to perfection for the finicky gardener. He will search far and wide for Yellowwood or Possumhaw. I highly recommend Carolina Native Landscapes.

Janet Doellgast