657 San Francisco 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 landscape designer that’s familiar with the San Francisco 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
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
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.
Half Moon Bay & Los Gatos, CA, 94019
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
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
Kate Michels Landscape Design specializes in creating custom residential gardens that reflect the personal taste and lifestyle of each client. My expertise is in designing gardens best suited for you.
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
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
Past the Gate (925) 313-9025
At Past the Gate, we pride ourselves on our client relationships, as they form the basis for the beautiful gardens we will eventually create.
South San Francisco, CA, 94080
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
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, Marin and Napa County.
San Francisco, CA, 94107
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
We have been creating & constructing unique landscapes for over 30 years. Don Vivatson raises the quality of life for his clients by building uniquely beautiful landscape projects. BEST OF HOUZZ 2014.
Saratoga, CA, 95070
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
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.
Gilroy, CA, 95020
Landscape Architecture firm, specializing in Northern California drought tolerant landscapes for residential and commercial projects of all sizes. Read More
We work closely with our clients from design through construction administration in order to create unique, quality, cost effective and sustainable landscape solutions.
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
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
Garden Designs (925) 595-8791
The fundamental requirement of any landscape designer is the knowledge of plants through hands on experience.
Berkeley, CA, 94708
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
DS is led by Landscape Architects Jane Sedonaen and Michael Erskine. Together they bring innovative and creative solutions to enhance the outdoor living experience.
Greenbrae, CA, 94904
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
Since 1992 Keith Willig Landscape Architecture and Construction has designed and built residential landscapes for Bay Area clients from Hillsborough to Carmel.
Portola Valley, CA, 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
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.
San Anselmo, CA, 94960
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
For more than 20 years, Bio Friendly Gardens has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond designing beautiful indoor and outdoor living spaces.
San Rafael, CA, 94901
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
TLC is a Licensed Landscape architectural and landscape contracting design build firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in custom residential landscapes.
San Francisco, CA, 94110
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
Yard Art (925) 234-3153
It is our pleasure to always be searching for products that are unique/sophisticated, so you can surround yourself w/ a tranquil environment. Products include garden planters, fountains & much 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 San Francisco house. From there, he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs, including the San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 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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