it takes a garden
Ecological Landscape Design
Ecological Land Care

Los Angeles


You’re tired of yards that all look the same.

Watering, fertilizing, mowing, and blowing has become tedious and expensive.

You have a problem yard where nothing seems to thrive.

Saving the environment and helping wildlife like butterflies and birds is of special concern.

Bringing California’s oaks and grasslands home is a way to celebrate our community and sense of place.

You want a self-sustaining living garden sanctuary outside your door. 

Expertise, integrity, and practicality matters to you.


Ecological Gardens
are a Form of
Environmental Activism

“In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water.” - Doug Tallamy

If a tree dies in your yard and no one is around to make it fall, does it make a sound?  Yes!  The sound of chicks peeping, birds singing, animals scurrying.

Most people know exactly what a snag is, even if they don’t know it by that name. A snag is simply a standing dead or partially-dead tree. While some people may view them as hazardous or untidy, snags are actually quite important to wildlife. Many animals make their homes in or on snags, including birds, bats, small mammals, snakes, and invertebrates. Snags are extremely important structural elements for wildlife, and may make up the entire habitat of some creatures, like insects. They quickly become favored nesting spots for birds, preferred perches for raptors. There is always something happening at the snags

Angelenos lead the nation in the creativity and diversity of our architecture, our fashion, our tech. 

So, why do we continue to dump fertilizers and pesticides around our homes in a desperate attempt to look like one another?  To look like suburban Ohio?  We can do better!

One of the things we encourage homeowners to do is just to loosen up the landscape. Be less worried about the landscape. Part of that is letting go a little bit.

There are few plants more visually arresting in a shady garden when grouped together than California native coral bells. We find this aesthetic an optimally compelling complement to natural and classic landscapes. 

Coral bells produce delightful blooms that brighten up any shady area. The blooms featured here are a favorite food source for hummingbirds and the foliage stays green year round.