593 Palo Alto, CA Landscape Architects and Designers

Professional landscaping anchors a house to the site, connects it with the environment and creates a welcoming entrance to a home. Garden designers and landscape architects design with living plants and building materials, and they always keep in mind future growth, maintenance and overall visual appeal. Landscape architecture is very regional, so look for a California landscape designer that’s familiar with the Palo Alto, CA climate and plant types that do well there. Start here to learn more about the landscaping services that will help you create your dream garden. More 
Walnut Creek, CA, 94595
31 miles from Palo Alto
Joseph Huettl is a landscape architect and landscape contractor specializing in residential and small to medium scale commercial and institutional projects. Huettl Landscape... Read More
We're a turnkey solution providing expertise at all phases to create highly innovative, intimate gardens with a strong emphasis on sustainability and water management.
Half Moon Bay & Los Gatos, CA, 94019
17 miles from Palo Alto
Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group (formerly Kikuchi & Associates) is a Northern California landscape architectural firm established in 1984. Our work includes custom residential... Read More
The Garden Route Company was founded by Richard Radford and Sandy Ayers in 2000 and has continued to design & build groundbreaking landscapes throughout California and abroad.
San Francisco, CA, 94107
27 miles from Palo Alto
Arterra provides a unique and visionary residential landscape design service which integrates art with technology. The resulting gardens are sculptural, visually stunning and... Read More
With 19 years of experience as a licensed CA Landscape Architect & Contractor, Elements Landscape excels at designing environments noted for quality, and commitment to exceeding client expectations.
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
33 miles from Palo Alto
Envision Landscape Studio is a Landscape Architecture and Landscape Construction Firm. We see Landscape Architecture as an artistic expression of the synthesis of man,... Read More
Landscape Architecture firm, specializing in Northern California drought tolerant landscapes for residential and commercial projects of all sizes.
Saratoga, CA, 95070
14 miles from Palo Alto
Our mission at Casa Smith Designs is to help you create an indoor-outdoor home environment that refreshes you completely—body, mind and soul. We start with a design vision that... Read More
Rhadiante Van de Voorde's award winning work has been showcased at the 2001, 2002, and 2003 San Francisco Flower and Garden shows.
Portola Valley, CA, 94028
7 miles from Palo Alto
I am an organic gardening consultant and edible landscape designer working in the San Francisco Bay Area. My primary focus is on raised bed organic vegetable gardens and edible... Read More
Jpm Landscape (408) 636-6442
Landscape design and installation company specializing in custom residential remodel.
South San Francisco, CA, 94080
22 miles from Palo Alto
The Garden Route Company was founded by Richard Radford and Sandy Ayers in 2000 and has continued to design & build groundbreaking landscapes throughout California and abroad. ... Read More
Greenblott Design has a unique advantage of combined talents. We are landscape and interior designers providing a complete perspective, making the connection between inside and out.
San Francisco, CA, 94107
27 miles from Palo Alto
A Landscape Architecture Firm focusing on creative and innovative designs for high end residences, estates and equestrian properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pebble Beach,... Read More
California Horticulture (408) 364-3190
For over two decades, California Horticulture Landscape Construction has been responsible for some of Northern California’s most distinguished and innovative landscape projects.
Gilroy, CA, 95020
43 miles from Palo Alto
Landscape Architecture firm, specializing in Northern California drought tolerant landscapes for residential and commercial projects of all sizes. Read More
Our mission is to design places of great beauty that are stylistically diverse, functional and restorative, reflecting and preserving the unique historic, cultural and environmental characteristics.
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
33 miles from Palo Alto
For over 30 years, we have been creating and constructing unique landscapes. For years Don Vivatson of Alder Group, Pool and Landscape has been raising the quality of life for... Read More
Waterman & Sun (650) 321-9640
Residential Building & Landscape Design. Landscape designer with specialty in architectural features and gardens: arbors, trellises, gazebos, outdoor dining rooms and kitchens.
Berkeley, CA, 94708
32 miles from Palo Alto
AFLA Landscape Design provides personal and custom residential landscape master planning design services reflecting a broad range of design styles throughout the larger Bay Area Read More
Since 1992 Keith Willig Landscape Architecture and Construction has designed and built residential landscapes for Bay Area clients from Hillsborough to Carmel.
Greenbrae, CA, 94904
42 miles from Palo Alto
My goal is to help my Clients achieve their dreams for their garden. I have become capable of taking the ideas of my clients and create a unique environment personally tailored to... Read More
Landsystems Landscapes is a full service landscaping design/build company that has over 25 years of experience. Our team will custom design a garden to suit your individual tastes and needs.
San Anselmo, CA, 94960
45 miles from Palo Alto
Landscape designer Eileen Kelly creates unique landscape and garden designs that provide year-round beauty and appeal for residences in Marin County, CA and throughout the San... Read More
San Rafael, CA, 94901
42 miles from Palo Alto
Pedersen Associates Landscape Architecture offers expertise in landscape architecture, site planning, and urban design in Northern California, Marin County and throughout the Bay... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94110
27 miles from Palo Alto
After working together at a design/build firm in San Francisco, Laura and Jude collaborated on an award winning garden at the 1999 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. In... Read More
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What is a landscape architect?


The work of this outdoor professional includes most everything surrounding a home's exterior. A landscaping architect can even work with the home architect to choose the right spot for your Palo Alto, CA house. From there, he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs, including the Palo Alto, CA climate and activities that will take place, as well as layouts and planting plans. Landscape architects will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the space. Any grading changes that will be added to the yard are also the responsibility of the architect. This includes any drainage modifications. An engineer can also be responsible for these tasks, but a licensed professional is fully capable. Like building architects, they will produce preliminary concept drawings, as well as detailed construction documents and planting plans. Three-dimensional renderings and illustrative plans are all supplementary.

What is a landscape designer?


A landscaping designer generally will have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, garden designers analyze your architecture and yard to produce a plan that may or may not include location and materials for walkways, patios, water features, fences, garden aspects and more. In addition, a Palo Alto, CA garden designer will carefully assess your geographic region to choose plants, trees and flowers that will flourish naturally, as well as address concerns such as drainage, screening and soil conditions. Certain landscape designers only help with the planning portion, while some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscaping contractor. Others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape architecture and construction.

Before you hire a California professional landscaper, consider the scope and emphasis of your outdoor project. Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to develop comprehensive structural plans that include plants, hardscaping, water use, drainage and more. Landscape designers typically specialize in the aesthetic and horticultural, rather than structural, side of yard and garden planning. They might or might not have advanced training. Even within their fields, a garden designer may specialize in hardscape- or vegetation-focused designs. In some cases you might need to hire additional help to get the outdoor space you want.

Questions to ask prospective landscapers:


  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the business?
  • What is your certification?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How much do you charge, and what does that include?
  • What regions and climates are you skilled in?
  • Can you accommodate my special requests (such as ADA or LEED)?
  • What types of renderings will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When can you complete this project?
  • What do your services include?
  • Who will be working on the project design?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals — what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you provide me with a written estimate?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns that you know of or that might come up in the future with this project?

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