Meet the Ladies


Crooked Nest's Candace Silvey and Elena Powditch have been working in the design industry for over 10 years. With backgrounds in Architecture and Fine Arts respectively, both have a keen eye for composition, line and texture.

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Elena Powditch brings her knowledge of diverse natural environments and her interactions with the landscapes of California and her native Chile to her unique perspective on creating visually appealing, healthy gardens.  With a strong background in visual arts and a deep understanding of spatial relationships, she lends an artistic eye to our horticultural practice.


Candace Silvey, a fifth generation San Franciscan, revels in the joy of the California landscape in all of its colors and diverse flora and fauna.  With many years of observing and experimenting in gardens up and down the California coast, the true love that she has for the state shines through in her designs.  Candace studied Architecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Taliesin West.

our clients include:

  • AKQA                                          
  • Broc Cellars                             
  • Class Dojo                                  
  • Design Within Reach                  
  • Guckenheimer                           
  • Kiip