Residential Design

Offering you the homeowner, a design that will transform your outdoor living area into a garden showcase that you and yours will be proud to show and enjoy for years to come. After listening to your necessities and ideas, I integrate your wishes with my many experiences, knowledge, and vision to create a living area that is unique to you. Inspired by the natural environment we live in, I will create a garden to include a brilliant variety of plant species both native and adaptive that will not only convey color, texture, and light but will encourage birds, butterflies, and provide much delight.

Irrigation Design

We are all concerned about water conservation. Design systems that conserve on water, help save you money. I can suggest products that are effective, efficient, reliable, and well tested. I am committed to you and conserving our planet’s most precious resource.

Lighting Design

Designing lighting for your home is like creating a portrait of the landscape and home using lighting. You will appreciate and admire your garden every night. Light your specimen tree, sidewalk, driveway, and surrounding landscape with spilling and reflected light. Once installed, this dramatic addition will illuminate and show off your landscape and home providing dramatic effects while enhancing the quality of its features.

Contractor References

Looking for dependable and licensed contractor to install your design? I know excellent contractors that I can recommend to be knowledgeable and trustworthy. Being a resident of El Dorado County for nearly 25 years, I have worked with the best. For the installation of your design, acquiring competitive bids from contractors you can trust is not a problem.

Plant Discounts

I have worked in horticulture practically my entire life. I am a California State “Certified Nurseryperson.” During my years residing here in El Dorado County, I have worked for two plant nurseries and have an ongoing working relationship with the remaining ones. If you are installing the project yourself, I can help with plant discounts. Plant discounts can help offset the cost of the design.


Armed with the know how to use AutoCAD as my primary design tool along with other design applications, I am able to present you with an easy to interpret landscape plan. I can deliver to you electronically by e-mail, digital images of your plan during various stages of the design process, share digital photos of plants that I may propose for your garden, and provide you with beautiful colored renderings using Photoshop.


I will travel to your residence or business to help assist with your landscape desires, listen carefully to you and yours landscape requirements and ideas, and make recommendations for changes to an existing landscape or for a new garden. I will provide you with photos and suggestions for plants, patios, walkways, retaining walls, lawn areas, lighting, and irrigation, etc. We will discuss the various levels of service to fit your needs i.e., a rough design, full design, do-it-yourself, using a licensed contractor, planting plan only, irrigation plan only or both etc.; and help you and yours with arriving at a mutually agreeable decision for beautifying your outdoor living space.

The Design Process

My process starts with our initial consultation at your residence or business to discuss your wishes and ideas along with my suggestions for your project. I will listen to your needs and take careful notes so that your custom design will incorporate your desires. The next step of the process is to measure your property; this is essential for designing a plan to scale in order to achieve an accurate installation. A preliminary plan is then created to show the proposed hardscape i.e., the walkways, patios, lawn areas, trees, or a pool; a stunning colored plan that merges your home with your outdoor living space. After creation of the preliminary plan, we will arrange a meeting together to present the plan for you and yours to review and make any agreed upon changes prior to my start of the final plan. The final step is the delivery of an impressive colored design with detail that contains a comprehensive planting plan to include plant location, plant legend, planting details, an attached planting list, and notes will accompany the plan. Your custom plan will illustrate flowing lines of grass, pathways, and plantings that reveal striking colors, textures, and shapes. For the do-it-yourself homeowner or the licensed contractor, my AutoCAD drawings are easy to read and follow.