We design functional gardens that are as beautiful to look at as they are to use
Our garden design services will help you get the most out of your outdoor space.
Full Garden Design
Our flagship design package is perfect for when you want a complete overhaul of your yard.
We create a detailed master design plan that takes into account your garden environment, the size, your style, your wants and needs, your budget and how much maintenance you want to have to do.
Our master design plans can be installed all at once or in phases (depending on your timescale and budget) – and we can also add-on our outdoor styling option so that your garden is entertaining ready right after install.
Getting a Grip On Your Garden Virtual Program
A 6-week comprehensive virtual program where you'll get actionable steps and personalized advice to help you design the garden of your dreams from the ground-up - and learn everything you need to know to take full ownership of your garden transformation in the process.
(You can live anywhere in the US to participate in this program).
Our garden consultation option is ideal for when you just need a few ideas for tackling your yard but aren’t yet ready to have a full design created (or you want to flex your green thumbs yourself!). Note: All of our Full Garden Design projects must start out with a garden consultation.
(please note: this can only be added onto
Full Garden Design projects)
We can provide project oversight during the installation of your garden. This is especially helpful if you are not around during the day and need someone to oversee your installation, or for those that want to make sure their garden is installed correctly according to the design created.
Your seating and entertainment zones should have furniture and stylings that draw you outside. If your current outdoor furniture is uninspiring and uncomfortable to sit in, we can help you create comfy, relaxing and irresistible seating zones you won’t want to leave.
“Our backyard was completed a few weeks ago, and we are enjoying it every day.”
We wanted to replace the lawn and create an outdoor living area in the back that would feel like an extension of our home. We also wanted drought resistant plants and a more water efficient watering system. The problem was, we had no idea where to start. We were so impressed with the detail in Laura's final design plan. Our backyard was completed a few weeks ago, and we are enjoying it every day. We now have a large paver patio, a moss rock wall lining our back fence, and beautiful plants and trees surrounding our space. We have so much more usable space for the kids to run around, and to entertain. We would never have been able to come up with this design without Laura, and we are so thankful we found her!!” – Melinda S, Moraga, CA
“We get so many compliments on our new yard.”
“Laura did an excellent job on our landscape project. She took our front yard, which was mostly dead grass and looked outdated, and totally revamped it for us. Laura has a very thorough and thoughtful process. From the beginning she comes up with several 'vision' options and talks through each one. We were not super knowledgeable about plants and she explained the pros and cons of each type. She took our feedback and revised the design. The contractor that did the demo and new irrigation and planting were also great and easy to work with. We wanted something low maintenance but drought tolerant and it turned out beautiful. We are really happy with how everything turned out and we get so many compliments on our new yard. Thanks Laura!” – Melissa B, San Francisco, CA
The Secret Garden Landscape Process
(Full Landscape Design)
Initial Site Visit and Garden Consultation
The initial site visit will consist of a tour of your yard as well as a thorough discussion of your gardening style, wants, needs and the possibilities for your outdoor space. Each prospective Full Garden Design project must first begin with a Garden Consultation. (Please note: if you decide to move forward with a Full Garden Design project within a week of your garden consultation, the cost of the consultation will be taken away from the final project fee.
During the site analysis, Laura will make a scientific and holistic evaluation of your garden. She will note the existing plants, sun/shade patterns, soil type, elevation, slopes, views, and wind patterns, and take measurements and photos to ensure that the design options she creates fully work with and complement your existing garden environment.
Design Options Meeting
At the Design Meeting, you will have a chance to review the garden design options that Laura has prepared for you. These are working designs that we can discuss and change. During this visit, Laura will show you images of these design options to help you visualize the final design and see what it would look like in your space.
Once the different options for your garden have been discussed and you have chosen a final design, Laura will finalize the plan. The final design master plan includes the landscape drawings, photoshopped images to help you visualize your garden in action, a plant care document, and a monthly to do list so you can take full ownership of your yard and know what you need to be doing and when to maintain your garden.
“The whole experience with Laura and her team was amazing from start to finish”
“We had an incredible experience working with Laura at Secret Garden! In our first meeting, we discussed what we envisioned for our yard, and I provided pictures of things I liked from various other yards. In our 2nd meeting, Laura came with a binder full of pictures and CAD designs of what our yard could look like, and it was everything we had been wanting and had been imagining. When it came time to bid the project to a landscape contractor, she provided us with soft copies of the design so we could easily share it, and she also gave us a recommendation for a landscape contractor. The whole experience with Laura and her team was amazing from start to finish, and we are so thrilled with the end product! We cannot recommend her enough!” – Claudia W, Moraga, CA
“Our neighbors are all telling us how much they love our yard as well!”
“We couldn't be happier with how our yard turned out. Our neighbors are all telling us how much they love it as well. Laura is a fabulous landscape designer! She made our front yard dream landscape a reality. We found her to be an excellent listener with great ideas, a very creative mind, and practical solutions to some of our yard's biggest challenges. Her eye for design is absolutely impeccable - she turned our yard of dirt into a beautiful masterpiece. She explained her process clearly, delivered on time and with great detail. She was extremely responsive, easy to work with and exceed our expectations throughout each step of the project. We have referred her to several friends and will be using her again for our backyard in the very near future.” – Jennifer W, Moraga, CA
Let us guide you through redesigning your uninspiring yard into a garden you’ll love
With a design that’s custom to your space and vision, we’ll help you create a sustainable, beautiful garden that’s functional, too.
“Laura did a fabulous job designing our new front yard drought-tolerant landscape”
“Laura did a fabulous job designing our new front yard drought-tolerant landscape. She was super helpful and highly professional at every step. She helped us select a well-integrated set of plantings that fit our tastes, and worked with our gardener to ensure that everything was planted correctly. It has been almost a year since the landscape was re-done and we are extremely happy with how it has turned out and how well-established it looks already. Highly recommended!!” – W.D., Moraga, CA
“Secret Garden Landscapes turned our backyard into a space we love to use!”
“Secret Garden Landscapes turned our backyard into a space we love to use! Now, our terraced garden has a beautiful seating area amongst a thoughtful variety of drought resistant and local plants. Laura's vision, knowledge, and passion for the craft showed through from beginning to end. In addition, Laura finished our project in a very timely manner. We highly recommend Secret Garden Landscapes for any and all services.” – Alison A, Moraga, CA