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Karen Filloon

Director of Marketing and Business Development
Office (651) 203-3004
Mobile (612)282-8834

Southview Design is one of the largest and fastest growing landscaping companies in MN. With more than 125 employees during the landscape season, Southview is expert in planning, construction, landscape design, and landscape care for Minneapolis and Twin Cities area residences. Founded in 1978, Southview has completed over 7,000 landscaping projects. Listed among the top 25 fastest growing landscape firms in the U.S., Southview's landscape designs have garnered awards from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, the Minnesota Chapter of NARI, the National Association of Landscape Professionals ( formerly PLANET), and Professional Remodeler Magazine.

Southview design is ranked on Landscape Management Magazine's 2017 Top 150 List: #15 on the list of design/build firms | #25 on the list of residential firms


One of the largest and fastest growing landscaping companies in Minnesota, Southview Design has been designing and building residential landscapes all over the greater Twin Cities area since 1978. Southview has been recognized as a Top 25 Design/Build Leader in the country by Landscape Management Magazine.

Headquarters: St. Paul, MN
Phone: (651) 203-3000
Founded: 1978
Primary Business: Landscape design and construction for Twin Cities area
Ownership: Privately held
Employees: 60 during the winter months; more than 150 during the landscape installation season
Customers: Over 7,000 customers throughout the Twin Cities area

Management Team

President & CEO: Chris Clifton
Vice President and General Manager: Ryan Slipka
Landscape Design/Partner: Josh Koller
Marketing & Business Development: Karen Filloon
Director of Landscape Care: Johannes Louwers, Partner
Controller: Susan Larson
Human Resources: Paula Aakhus


NALP Silver Award of Excellence (National Association of Landscape Professionals) Classic Back Yard and Swimming Pool

NARI MN (National Association of the Remodeling Industry-Minnesota) Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Classic Back Yard and Swimming Pool


MNLA (Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association) Landscape Design Award for Excellence in Landscaping – Backyard National Forest

MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design – French Quarter Courtyard


MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Mid-Century Makeover

NALP Grand Award – Private Lakeside Paradise

NALP Grand Award – Vermillion Vista

NARI MN CotY Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – French Quarter Courtyard

NALP Grand Award – French Quarter Courtyard

NARI MN CotY award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Lakeside Jewel

NALP Grand Award – Lakeside Jewel


NALP Merit Award – Mid-Century Makeover

MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Pool with a View

NARI North Central Region CotY Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Pool with a View

NARI National Award Winner – Pool with a View

MNLA (Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association) Excellence in Landscape Design – Thinking Outside the Deck


NARI Mn CotY Silver Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul

MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul

PLANET (Professional Landcare Network – now NALP) Recognition Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul

Professional Remodeler Magazine Silver Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul

PLANET National Landscape Awards of Excellence, Merit Award – Northwoods Inspired Backyard Design

MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Edina Classic


NARI MN Honorable Mention – Laid-Back Back Yard

PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Recognition Award – Lakeside Award-Winner

Professional Remodeler Magazine – Gold Award – Lakeside Award-Winner


MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Lakeside Award-Winner

NARI MN CotY Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Lakeside Award-Winner

NARI MN North Central Region Award for Landscape Design – Lakeside Award-Winner

MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Janet and Paul’s Award-Winner


MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Hillside Forest Retreat

NARI Mn CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award for Landscape Design over $60k – Award-Winning Small Yard

MNLAExcellence in Landscape Design Award – Award-Winning Small Yard


Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association


MNLA Landscape Design Award – Historic Reflections


MNLA Landscape Design Award – Northwoods Magic

Best of…

Southwest Metro Magazine, Best Landscaper, 2014
Edina's Best Landscaper, Edina Magazine, 2015, 2014
Eagan's Best Landscape, Eagan Sun Newspaper, 2016


Best of Houzz – Design 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Best of Houzz – Service 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Lawn & Landscape

Top 100 2018, Southview Design #93

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Fast 50, October 2015

Landscape Management

  • LM150, June 2017 – #25 Residential, #15 Design/Build + Installation
  • LM150, June 2016 – #24 Residential, #18 Design/Build + Installation
  • LM150, June 2015 – #20 Residential, #16 Design/Build + Installation
  • Top 25 Leader by Service Segment:Design/Build, June 2013


A typical project begins with an initial meeting with the homeowners to determine their goals and budget and answer questions about Southview’s design-build process and fees, warranty, experience and qualifications.

After measuring the property, the designer produces concepts incorporating desired landscape elements such as a patio, water feature, retaining walls, walkways, and planting beds to name a few along with a preliminary estimate of what it will take to build it, general information about construction methods, and initial suggestions for materials.

Once the homeowner approves the preliminary budget and design, the designer refines the design and layout. If the design includes a deck, pool or other structure, Southview obtains the necessary permits and approvals for the work.

Projects are built in the order of when contracts are signed. Many projects can be built in a couple of days while more complex projects can take a few weeks. The weather can also affect the timing.

On the day the project is completed, the Southview project manager or designer takes the homeowners on a guided tour of their new landscape, providing information about how to care for their new investment.

Chris has been president and CEO of Southview Design since 2009. Since Chris took ownership, Southview Design has grown its revenues by more than 550 percent, ranking it among the largest design-build landscape firms in the U.S. Chris attributes this growth to the fact that he took a solid organization with good people and good visibility and continued to invest in marketing the Southview brand, even during the downturn.

Southview uses a different employment model than the majority of privately owned landscape firms. Most of these firms require its employees to wear several different hats – landscape designer, salesperson, crew and supply manager, accountant, etc. At Southview, employees have specialized roles that enable them to work in their area of competency.

Chris is a proponent of the idea that, while product excellence and customer service are important, nothing is more important than providing a great work environment for people who want to thrive and grow in the landscape business. Southview now has more than 50 career landscape professionals whose compensation is tied with revenue growth and profitability, so they’re incentivized to help the company grow.

Chris bought Southview Design only after looking at several different companies that were in related but similar fields to facilities management, a field he had worked in for 24 years. Of all the companies he considered buying, Southview Design was the most well put-together company in terms of the systems, processes and quality of staff.

Originally from the Dallas area, Chris holds a BBA in finance from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA from Minnesota State University.

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