San Rafael, 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. A San Rafael landscape architect or designer works with living plants as well as building materials to design for future growth and maintenance as well as the present visual appeal. Landscape architecture is very regional, so look for a landscape designer in San Rafael, CA that’s familiar with the local climate and plant types that do well there. Start here to learn more about the landscaping services in San Rafael, CA that will help create your dream garden. More
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Land Studio C is a contemporary landscape architecture firm that utilizes current aesthetics and ethics to... Read More
Marin County's Premier Landscape Architects Best of Houzz 2012-2017
Well known for designs that foster a seamless flow between indoors & out, our team brings innovative ideas,...
SW Design is distinguished by a strong commitment to design excellence and quality, sustainability, and a direct... Read More
San Francisco Bay Area's Forward-Thinking Landscape Architecture Firm
Each unique place we create is a sanctuary from the stresses of life and an environment that nourishes the spirit...
Best of Houzz 2013-2017. Award Winning Landscape Designer Eileen Kelly creates unique landscape and garden... Read More
Marin County's Top Landscape Architect & Designer | Best of Houzz 2018
Christian Douglas Design is an experienced, Landscape design company that creates stylized outdoor spaces which...
Pedersen Associates has provided comprehensive land planning and award-winning design services for estate,... Read More
Marin County Leading Landscape Designer Specializing in Custom Decks
Our focus is the creative blending of all landscape components including decks, water features, porches,...
Patrick Lannan Designs provides design and installation. Long time Landscaper in the Bay Area of San Francisco.... Read More
San Francisco & Monterey Bay Area's Trusted Landscape Architect
Whisler Land Planning's years of successful landscape design and knowledge of how people use and enjoy the...
A 14-year veteran of the landscape industry, Lisa Kaiser is passionate and committed to bringing the artistry of... Read More
Marin County Landscape Architect | Best of Houzz Award Winner
IDS is led by Landscape Architects Jane Sedonaen and Michael Erskine. Together they bring innovative and creative...
Simmonds & Associates, Inc. is a fully licensed landscape architecture firm serving the San Francisco Bay area... Read More
Marin County's Ecological Landscape Design Build Firm
DIY Edible Gardens is an ecological landscape design build firm and education company. Our focus is on creating...
The Land Collaborative is a dual-licensed landscape architecture, design, and construction firm based in Marin... Read More
Bay Area Landscape Architect Best of Houzz 2017
SW Design is distinguished by a strong commitment to design excellence and quality, sustainability, and a direct...
Bay Area's Leading Landscape Designer for 25 Years Best of Houzz 2017!
At DPG Design, we provide you with the right tools and guidance, allowing you to take advantage of conceptual...
Galen Fultz has been designing landscapes in Northern California for 30 years and is the owner of Avant Garden, a... Read More
Marin County Premier Landscape Design-Build Firm | Best of Houzz 2018
TLC is a Licensed Landscape architectural and landscape contracting design build firm in the San Francisco Bay...
Designing and building gardens for a sustainable future, Equinox Landscape is an award-winning company serving... Read More
Wine Country's Award-Winning Landscape Design Firm Best of Houzz 2014
A Landscape Architecture Firm focusing on creative and innovative designs for high end residences, estates and...
Landscape design that imbues inspiration and excites emotion in the beholder. We collaborate closely with our... Read More
Bay Area's Certified Ecological Landscape Designer - Best of Houzz
At Native Sun Gardens, we are dedicated to creating sustainable landscapes by focusing on drought tolerant plants...
Design & Build. Creative contemporary design, fabrications and installations. Landscape and Architectural... Read More
Marin County Custom Design and Construction Best of Houzz 2015
We are a design/build company specializing in landscape design and construction. We have served the Northern Bay...
Residential Landscape Design & Construction Over 25 years of design and project management have led Jeannie... Read More
Marin County's Expert Landscape Design & Maintenance Firm
An 18-year veteran of the landscape design industry, Lisa Kaiser is passionate and committed to bringing the...
BK Landscape Design provides landscape and architectural design services in the San Francisco Bay. Since 2003, we... Read More
East Bay Architects & Landscape Architects Best of Houzz 2016
At Inside Out Design, we strive to bring our combined fields of architecture and landscape knowledge to the table...
Landscape Design and Installation for Commercial and select residential projects Read More
Bay Area Landscape Architect & Design Build Best of Houzz 2018
We work closely with our clients from design through construction administration in order to create unique,...
Featured Reviews for Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
Land Studio C
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"After moving into a new (for us) house, we hired Darren to come up with a Master Plan for our landscaping which would be compatible with our house renovation plans. He was precise and methodical in his approach and after several discussions and plan iterations we had a Master Plan we will be able to use going forward. We knew we couldn't do everything at once, so it's nice to have guidelines for what we can do now and know they will fit in as projects are completed."
- ekitano
SW Design
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"Following the recommendation of a friend, I hired Stephanie Wondolleck and her design firm, SW Design, for a much-needed and long-delayed landscaping project for the front of our home in Marin County, California. Stephanie was very good at figuring out what we would like (given our tastes and cost constraints), even though we were not very sure what we wanted. She did everything she said she would do, including using only deer-resistant plants and bringing the project in on budget and on-time. Meeting the deadlines required careful coordination of various contractors, at which she was very adept. Stephanie is professional, creative, thoughtful--and a pleasure to work with. We would (will) happily and confidently hire her and SW Design again."
- pscheer
Dig Your Garden Landscape Design
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"I am DELIGHTED with my garden and appreciate all the hard word that Eileen put into the design and installation. It's in full bloom and I LOVE it. I often wander out in the morning or afternoon to talk to the flowers, or sit on the bench and enjoy the view. It's so serene and relaxing, it's EXACTLY what I wanted. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You MORE than met my expectations!""
- carolyngoodman
Pedersen Associates
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"As an architect, I have worked firsthand with Pete Pedersen on numerous projects and have always found him to be a consummate professional. He listens to the client and then creates beautiful landscape solutions that are not only award winning quality, but also are responsive to budget constraints. He is both creative and practical. We always seek to work with Pete every chance we get."
- ccreath
Patrick Lannan Designs
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"As many of you know Northern California is having its worst drought in pretty much ever. So in helping to conserve water, my hubby and I decided to remove our lawn while using the city of Napa's cash for grass incentive. The incentive pays you back $1 for each square foot of lawn you remove. I'd recommend looking into this in your own city to see whats available. With the lawn coming out we decided to take the opportunity to make some drastic changes to the exterior of our home including painting, lighting, new front door and of course landscaping. While choosing paint colors and fixtures is easy for me, designing a landscape is not. So I reached out to my FB friends and received a recommendation for Patrick Lannan Designs. After seeing his portfolio we were thrilled at the chance to work with someone so talented. Let me just say, from design to installation Patrick was a dream to work with. Not only is he a professional but he's also an excellent communicator and project coordinator. He and his team got the plantings in but also irrigation and lighting systems installed in the course of a weekend (take a look at the night time photos). One of the fun things of the process was walking through Flora Grubb with Patrick as our guide. This place is super cool! He showed us amazing plants and succulents that would work great in Napa. It's a lot warmer in Napa so it was important that the selections matched our climate. As you can see from the photos our project turned out to be pretty amazing. Patricks keen eye for color, shape and detail helped to take our boring beige house and turn into the jewel of the neighborhood. If you're not sure what to do with your landscaping I'd highly recommend reaching out to Patrick."
- Alexander Cowan
Kaiser Gardens
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"Lisa and her team designed and installed a garden in front of our house that had previously been a dead zone. Lisa had great ideas and seemed very knowledgable. He installation team and great and very professional."
- Amy Pfaffman
Simmonds & Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"I've had the pleasure to work with Simmonds & Associates on a number of projects. Their work is absolutely stunning. Their landscapes are like walking into beautiful sanctuaries where one can escape from the stresses of life. In fact, I hated to leave their projects sites! Yet, what I enjoyed most in working with Warren and Alex was watching their client interactions. They truly listen to their clients and as a result their clients rave about them. Whereas other landscape architects take their brand and stamp it onto a client's property, Simmonds & Associates work to transform their client's vision into a reality. If you want a Landscape Architect who will listen, work as your partner and help you transform your vision into a beautify sanctuary using cutting edge sustainability practices - Simmonds & Associates is the ideal firm."
- gdanford
The Land Collaborative
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"TLC was excellent to work with. Their approach was flexible and adaptive to our requirements and the strength is in the final product; very high quality workmanship and attention to detail."
- mharrow
Avant Garden
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"Galen is amazing! I have worked with him on three different houses I have owned and every design we have implemented has turned out beautifully. Galen is incredibly talented with the eye of an artist and the skill of a true landscape architect. He listens carefully to what you want and then comes up with the most beautiful design you can imagine. He relationships with some of the best landscapers out there and sees to every detail of your project. I will be working with him again in the near future and highly recommend him for your next job."
- deidrac
Equinox Landscape
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Rafael, CA
"The work done by Patrick and his team at Equinox Landscape brightens every single day of my life. I love the design, almost entirely suggested by Patrick. I love the quality of the materials and the wokrmanship. We had to modify the project a couple of times while in progress: costs went up too fast once we realized how hard it was to do any digging into the hillside. I also realized I wanted more of a finished look in one area than I had previously indicated. A drought set in and I became concerned about water rationing making it impossible to keep all the projected trees alive. A bobcat attacked my chickens and I changed the design for the coop. So it was an adventure, and in the end there were many changes. The end result though, makes me smile every day. Please work closely with the team to make sure the cost does not go over budget, but keep in mind that this is not just about how everything looks, but also how meaningful it is to you in the end."
- Myrto Ashe
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What does a landscape architect do?


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 Rafael, CA house. From there the San Rafael landscaper will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs including the 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 licensed California landscapers are 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 does a landscape designer do?


A San Rafael 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 landscaper in San Rafael, CA 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. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of landscape architects & landscape designers: Landscape Contractors, Garden & Landscape Supplies, Tree Services, Gardeners, Lawn Care & Sprinklers, Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures.

Questions to ask prospective landscapers in San Rafael, CA:


  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the landscaping 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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