Gardens that bring enduring joy as the seasons unfold and create beauty in harmony with nature.


Painters Garden


This garden was designed with the intent to paint it.  Challenges of working with deer, wind, gophers, rabbits did not deter me from getting bright masses of color ...

Color Contrast and Dry Creek


The client’s preference for unusual and nicely contrasting plants was the basis for this garden. The dry creek bed provides the necessary drainage for the driveway ...

Succulent Borders and Pool


Desert meets the tropics, but all with California style in this landscape.  The modern features of the newly remodeled home lent itself nicely to the client’s preferred plant...


Privacy and Entertaining


This residential lot needed privacy screening from neighboring homes, buildings and rental unit while also providing entertainment opportunities for the client...

Functional Secret Garden


The original owners had this small house and lot completely remodeled. We started by removing some large mulberry trees from the 12 foot deep front...

Healdsburg Villa


The client is a talented artist and wanted to add more color in large swaths to her garden for inspiration. Over the past six years we have accomplished this task by...



“My front garden has become the destination of walkers in my neighborhood all on account of Margaret's design and knowledge of local plants. I can't tell you the number of people who comment on it to me, and in one case, even left a note. It's lush and beautiful and planted with many California native plants so I don't waste any of our precious water. It's also a great backdrop for my eclectic group of outdoor sculptures.” — Jean M.