Hello, I am Roxanne, founder and principal of an award-winning residential San Diego landscape design and garden design company. I specialize in urban Zen garden, succulent garden and container design. My strengths lie in creating high-style garden designs for real-life budgets and developing custom landscape design plans tailored to my clients' tastes and lifestyle. I particularly enjoy designing and creating small space gardens. With the right design, exceptional plants and distinctive accessories, small garden spaces can add beauty and quality to your patio, yard or walkway.
I became a professional landscape designer after going through a highly stressful landscape renovation. Here’s my story and some of the lessons I learned. I hope it helps you and avoid similar, all too common mistakes and mishaps.
A few years ago I needed a front yard landscape renovation before my son’s first communion. We had invited family from out of town to attend and I wanted our yard to look good for their visit. Even though my husband is handy, I decided to have the renovation done professionally. I had no clue how to hire a landscape contractor, so when I saw a contractor working in my neighborhood I hired him. Simply because he was there.
His crew made progress on my front yard, working every day for a couple of weeks. The third week the workers only showed up a couple of days. After that they came by even less frequently. The project was going nowhere. Sometimes I had to call to find out what was happening. Within weeks, I realized I had made a big mistake. I had hired the wrong contractor. The work and design plan he had showed me were out of sync and not progressing smoothly.
After weeks of stress, many discussions, and sleepless nights, my husband and I decided to cut our losses. We had a fixed deadline and the landscape was not going to be finished on time. We had to take a different approach!
Needless to say, when hiring this contractor I hadn’t done my homework or listened to my intuition. I had only cared about the bottom line - lowest cost. This choice ultimately cost me much more in the long run: time, peace of mind, and money.
As a result of that stressful and costly experience I decided to study ornamental horticulture, landscape design and landscape architecture to gauge my interest in becoming a professional landscape designer. It was there that I found my passion. Once I designed my own garden, I realized why people spend so much money and effort in their gardens. For the first time, I experienced how much enjoyment gardens bring - a place to relax and spend time with family and friends, a place to unwind from a busy day, a place of beauty and joy.
After graduating from Cuyamaca College, I started a San Diego landscape design company to share my expertise, knowledge, gardening tips and landscape design ideas. My designs have won awards and have been published locally, nationally and internationally. Contact me to design a backyard for you that is resort worthy. I’d love to discuss your landscape with you!