424 Portola Valley, 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 architects work with living plants as well as building materials, so they are designing for future growth and maintenance as well as the present. Landscape architecture is also very regional, so you want to find a California designer that’s familiar with the Portola Valley, CA climate and plants that do well there. Start here to find out more about hiring a landscape designer to help with your landscape construction. More 
Walnut Creek, CA, US 94595
36 miles from Portola Valley
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 
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.
Half Moon Bay & Los Gatos, CA, US 94019
14 miles from Portola Valley
Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group (formerly Kikuchi & Associates) is a Northern California landscape architectural firm established in 1984. Our work includes custom residential... 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 Francisco, CA, US 94107
28 miles from Portola Valley
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 
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.
Walnut Creek, CA, US 94596
38 miles from Portola Valley
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 
Jpm Landscape (408) 636-6442
Landscape design and installation company specializing in custom residential remodel.
South San Francisco, CA, US 94080
22 miles from Portola Valley
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 
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.
Portola Valley, CA, US 94028
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 
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.
San Francisco, US 94107
28 miles from Portola Valley
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 
Saratoga, CA, US 95070
15 miles from Portola Valley
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 
Walnut Creek, CA, US 94596
38 miles from Portola Valley
For over 30 years, we have been creating and constructing unique landscapes. For years Don Vivatson, together with Alder Group, have been raising the quality of life for their... Read More 
Berkeley, CA, US 94708
36 miles from Portola Valley
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 
Greenbrae, CA, US 94904
43 miles from Portola Valley
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 
San Rafael, CA, US 94901
44 miles from Portola Valley
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 Anselmo, CA, US 94960
46 miles from Portola Valley
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 Jose, CA, US 95125
20 miles from Portola Valley
At Willow Glen Design we strive to create beautiful, affordable landscapes. Whether your desire is to have a backyard retreat, a low maintenance front yard, or to simply get ideas... Read More 
Santa Cruz, CA, US 95060
26 miles from Portola Valley
I am a landscape designer living in Santa Cruz, California. I have been designing residential gardens and exterior spaces throughout the Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco... Read More 
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What Is a Landscape Architect?


The work of this professional can pretty much be summarized to include everything that is not related to the house structure itself. The landscape architect can even work with the architect to choose the right spot for your Portola Valley, CA house. From there he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your landscape construction, based on individual needs, the Portola Valley, CA climate and the activities that will be performed in the yard, as well as designs and planting plans. They will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the landscape. Any grading changes that will be added to the landscape are also the responsibility of the landscape 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?


Landscape designers generally have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, landscape 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 Portola Valley, 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 landscape planning, some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscape contractor, and others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape construction.

Before you hire a California landscape professional, consider the scope and emphasis of your landscape architecture 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. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of landscape architects & landscape designers: Landscape Contractors, Garden & Landscape Supplies, Tree Services, Lawn & Sprinklers, Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures.

Questions to ask a prospective landscape architect or designer:


  • 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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