Tim McDaniel attended Oregon State University and graduated in Botany and Crop Science. He worked in The Netherlands for Barenbrug Seed doing plant genetics in Arnhem, Holland. He then joined Shell Chemical to research nutrient stabilization and plant pathology.

Tim later joined McDaniel Seed Company in McMinnville, Oregon, as a seed production and crop consultant, producing and processing many commercial species of seed for domestic and export use.

Travels in Japan and elsewhere led Tim to the University of Oregon and UCLA to earn a Master’s in Landscape Architecture and he is a Registered Landscape Architect in Oregon. He now does design work complemented with Oregon natives for very low-maintenance landscapes using Japanese style design principles.

His interest in and love for Oregon native species began as a youth, hiking the Willamette Valley prairies and Coast Range forests with friends and also on solitary walks that helped to instill an understanding and appreciation for the indigenous vegetation that grew here prior to the agricultural ecosystem that threatens the remaining habitat of the remnant stands of many beautiful native floral species and the fauna that rely on them.