My design principles include integrating regional suitable ornamentals and edibles, creating practical turf areas, improving and maintaining soils organically, recommending efficient irrigation and appropriate mulches.

Initial Meeting

I meet with the homeowners to determine their goals. I listen carefully to hear key words and ask many questions to fully understand the scope of the project.

We discuss:

  • The use of the space
  • The setting to be created
  • How to accentuate beautiful views and hide unwanted ones
  • How many people regularly use the garden
  • Color preferences and plant preferences
  • Structures to be added or removed
  • Pathways
  • Water Features
  • Fire Elements
  • BBQ and entertaining areas

Design With Planting Plan & Plant List

Once I am hired for the job I offer the following services:

  • Walk the property to determine the scope of the project
  • Take notes, measurements and photos
  • Present a Planting Plan and a Plant and Materials list
  • Recommend a soil test and necessary irrigation adjustments
  • Discuss budget of time and money


  • Homeowner executes the Plan
  • I mentor the homeowner and/or their landscape service to execute the Plan
  • I recommend licensed and insured contractors to fulfill the Plan
  • I visit the property during construction to monitor progress
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