My design philosophy is that every garden needs to be beautiful, useful and sustainable.
My work has included hundreds of gardens in the greater Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Ventura area since the late 1970s while also helping to educate the public through adult education, master gardener and college classes.
Gardens range in style from sleek, lean contemporary style, to Old World traditional, Mediterranean, and uniquely eclectic gardens perfectly suited to the individual client.
Range of services from simplest to more involved:
• One-time consultation to stimulate new ideas and introduce a more sustainable approach.
• Planting design quick sketches and generating plant lists for owners to select from on their own.
• Guided plant shopping trips, wholesale purchasing and final placement
• Site planning and planting design drawings for installation by owner or contractor
Typical clients include those with “tired” existing landscapes in need of a planting facelift and those seeking to re-imagine their outdoor spaces. With the ongoing concern for water savings, many projects include lawn removal and replacement with water-conserving gardens and creating new spaces for outdoor living. I also provide garden “staging” services for clients preparing to put their house up for sale.
Many clients have on-going “works in progress” where we start with a general master plan and gradually tackle sections of their yard to achieve a coherent finished product.
Drought Tolerant Landscaping, Garden Design, Hardscaping, Landscape Design, Landscape Plans, Patio Design, Site Planning, DIY Coaching
Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito
ASLA National Merit Award
Santa Barbara Beautiful (multiple awards)
Office of the State Architect, CA
Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society Horticulturist of the Year