45 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
Grace Design Associates is a High End Custom Landscape Design & Build firm headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA. Grace Design Associates’ work has received numerous awards:... Read More
Eye of the Day (805) 566-6500
Carpinteria, CA, 93013
Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is a retail showroom that features more than an acre of high quality garden landscape products, including fountains, Italian and Greek... Read More
Santa Barbara, CA, 93150
Landscape Design, Landscape Plans, Garden Restoration and Consultation, Professional Garden Planning, Hardscape design, Read More
Billy Goodnick (805) 687-1690
Santa Barbara, CA, 93120
Customized landscape design coaching services for clients in the Do-It-Yourself and “I just need a little help” categories. Typical clients include those with “tired” existing... Read More
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Landscape Design and Planning Read More
Santa Barbara, CA, 93111
licensed in 1989. I have been private practice, in Santa Barbara, California for 22 years. I do mostly residential site planning. Read More
Arcadia Studio (805) 962-9055
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Arcadia Studio is a community of individuals inspired by nature and devoted to creating beauty and meaning through landscape design. We specialize in innovative landscape design,... Read More
Santa Barbara, CA, 93463
Certified Residential Landscape Designer in Santa Barbara County Read More
Santa Barbara, CA,
Landscape design that provides areas for outdoor living and simple solutions for growing edibles. Plant palette design, including native plant palettes, focuses on providing year... Read More
Santa Barbara,, CA,
We are the #1 luxury landscape design firm in Montecito, Hope Ranch and Santa Barbara. Read More
Bill Mellett Design (805) 640-0168
Carpinteria, CA, 93014
Landscape Architecture Read More
CommonGround (805) 963-7088
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Landscape Architecture + Read More
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Landscape Architecture, Artistic and Environmental Landscape Designs, Land Planning, Sustainable Landscape Design, Water Conservation, Stormwater Management, Erosion Control,... Read More
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
Isabelle Greene and Associates, Inc. is a Landscape Architectural firm dedicated to creating excellent design within the context of sustainable living. Our passion for enduring... Read More
Goleta, CA, 93117
A Santa Barbara based landscape and lifestyle design company that strives to create landscapes both aesthetically pleasing as well as environmentally responsible. We focus on... 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 Santa Barbara house. From there, he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs, including the Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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?

Find a landscape architect on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Santa Barbara landscape architects and designers. You can also look through Santa Barbara photos to find a space you like, then contact the professional who posted the photo.
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