I empower my community to reconnect with nature through resilient desert gardening. Together we can create an urban network of wildlife and pollinator habitat!


Hi, I'm Carianne, founder of Strategic Habitat Enhancements

After many years as an environmental consultant, I worked at a local conservation non-profit organization where I ran a bi-national habitat restoration program. I have worked all over the southwest, learning more and more with every new project, and unraveling the secrets of the native plants that make this region so unique. Two years ago, I decided to take my passion and build a business that creates accessible and educational options for home owners, just like yourself. That is how Strategic Habitat Enhancements, SHE, came to be. 

I empower the community to reconnect with nature through resilient desert gardening. Together we can create an urban network of wildlife and pollinator habitat!

Photo at right courtesy of Ed Flores

 The power of plant choice

Since launching in 2019, SHE has been making a positive impact on the southwest landscape for pollinators and other wildlife. I have worked on pollinator gardens at National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges, habitat restoration in urban and wild places. I’ve been working with local non-profits like the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, Tucson Audubon Society, Gila Watershed Partnership, and the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, as well as garden clubs including the Oracle Community Learning Garden and the Arizona Columbine Garden Club. I am teaching an Advanced SmartScape course, “Landscaping with Nature in Mind” through the UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension, and I have been working with Master Gardeners in three Arizona counties.

I have already helped dozens of clients in their journeys to transform their yards and gardens into oases of diversity for plants and animals! Now, how can I help YOU?

Photo at left courtesy of Ed Flores


 A network of resource specialists with interest and expertise in restoring desert and other arid ecosystems


We envision economic and social equity for all Southern Arizonans

Instructor & Service Provider

 We increase water efficiency in Arizona’s urban corridor through professional education


We promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation, and restoration of Arizona native plants and their habitats


A network and call-to-action to restore habitat where we live and work, extending national parks to our yards and communities.

Botanical Consulting for Natural Landscapes

Together, let’s discover the native plants that will thrive in your garden while providing the food, space, and cover that pollinators and other wildlife need to flourish. Whether you are new to the desert landscape, or a seasoned desert dweller, I can help you develop a plan for the desert garden you dream about. There are several ways to work with me, from virtual online workshops to in-person consultations. My most popular services are described below – but please reach out if you have a different need.

Level-Up Your DIY with a Garden Visit


This 90-minute garden visit is a great option if you only need a few pointers or want a place to get started with your desert garden.

No written materials are provided, so have your notebook ready!

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Online Classes


Online classes allow you to learn about natural landscaping practices and our diverse native flora at your own pace, on your own schedule. When you purchase a class, you will receive a PDF of the slides to take notes on, as well as bloom calendars and other materials as applicable.

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Get a Full Consultation


I will come to your yard and learn about your landscape goals. We will identify specific areas to focus on, and I will take loads of photos. Your customized report will include prescriptions for each of the focus areas that serves as a guide for plant choice and more!

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our top lists of native plants for pollinator and wildlife gardening in Arizona? You can use these calendars to help guide you in building your own unique sustainable desert garden.

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