to bring life, function, and beauty to chosen spaces

 Daniel Abdon Peterson


  • M.Ag. Landscape Restoration Degree, U of MN
  • B.S. Horticulture Degree, U of MN


  • Certified Dry Stone Advanced Craftsman, DSWA-GB
  • Certified Permaculture Designer


  • ELA (Ecological Landscape Alliance)
  • DSWA (Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain)
  • The STONE Trust
  • APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), ALPDMN

HabAdapt was born the day I realized my design work focused on adapting home landscapes to meet the habitat requirements for native life. The wildlife supported include plants, arthropods, and birds. These thriving entities then sustained the earth by enhancing the soil. When I stepped back for a panoramic view, I saw many of the functional elements I incorporate into my designs allowed for people to comfortably utilize the chosen space. The functional components are aimed at utilization of sustaining materials. The materials molded together beautifully. Hence the logo; Life, Function, Beauty.

All of my designs and projects incorporate permaculture design principles to work with nature rather than against nature. I have a passion for traditional construction techniques including dry stone walling, and Japanese garden design.

Daniel has been in operating his own landscape design business since 2005. He earned both his baccalaureate and master degrees from the University of Minnesota.  Daniel’s graduate work focused on natural community restoration, invasive species management, and GIS mapping of the Minneapolis Park systems natural communities.  He developed a management plan aimed at personnel, site management, and species diversity.  The plan focused on long-term mapping of natural communities to evaluate management techniques and outcomes.  The ultimate goal was aimed at fiscal responsibility and transparency.  His undergraduate work focused on landscape design and nursery management.

Daniel has continued his professional development through continuing education programs offered by ELA (Ecological Landscape Alliance), APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), DSWA (Dry Stone Walling Association) among others.  Areas of focus have included traditional dry stack stone construction, permaculture, and site water management.  He received his Advanced level (3) certification by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain in 2017 and his Permaculture Design Certification in 2009.