About us.


Who We Are.

We’re a team of designers who are passionate about bringing nature closer to daily life. We take a holistic approach to landscape design to create a seamless flow from indoor spaces to outdoor spaces. Our designers have backgrounds in landscape design, horticulture, and architecture and can make your home feel unified with the nature around it, blending the lines between landscape and your home.

SANLAND is launched by Soohee Lee in 2021 based on Soohee’s passion for nature and the idea of harmony among all life. SAN means “mo­untain” in Korean. Mountains offer a sense of stability and steadiness, and at SANLAND, we want to create a sense of stability with affordable designs that protect and support the local biodiversity. SANLAND strives to use primarily native plants in the landscape and substitutes locally adapted plants that aren’t invasive as they’re needed.

principal designer



SANLAND is led by Soohee Lee, who has comprehensive academic and work experience across a full array of Landscape Design and Architecture spanning over 20 years. Soohee holds a master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Seoul National University. Lee is a registered architect in New York and Connecticut, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Lee is currently pursuing a certificate in Horticulture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



Zach Williams has over a decade of experience designing, developing, and implementing food systems and urban agriculture projects with public and community-based organizations in New York City. Zach received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of British Columbia and has completed independent fellowships with the U.S. Student Fulbright Program in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute in New York, NY. He is currently pursuing a certificate in Horticulture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and training as an NYC Master Composter.


Roberta Bessey

Roberta Bessey, gardener, has cared for the landscapes of Riverside Park through the Tender Program of the Riverside Conservancy for 20 years. Roberta, a retired professional nurse, brings attentive care to the verdant landscape of the park. She is experienced and passionate; she has become a site specific expert in her tended area.