Water-Wise Landscape Design

Sacred Garden Designs, Inc.

Santa Monica, CA

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About Sacred Garden Designs, Inc.

hired 9 times on Thumbtack

Let Denise design your healing garden.

We are experts in water-wise landscape design, construction and landscape maintenance services for over 15 years. Our work has been featured on HGTV, and we have been featured designers on the Bravo TV Show "Flipping Out".

We do:

* expert landscape and hardscape design
* lawn removal
* lawn restoration
* slope stabilization
* professional tree trimming
* clean up and haul away
* irrigation design and installation
* container gardening
* crops in pots
* permaculture design
* paving installation, patios, decks
* deck and deck/patio covers
* tree houses
* play grounds
* garden walls
* residential maintenance
* estate and apartment maintenance

Location

Santa Monica, CA 90403

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  • 5/5 stars January 27, 2014

    What a wonderful experience to work with Denise. We decided to replace every plant and tree in our back yard, but had no idea what to replace it with, and Denise came up with great suggestions. She took the time to walk through the neighborhood with me to look at plants and designs that I had seen and liked. Denise did an excellent job of listening to what we wanted, what we liked, and what we didnít like. She came up with a design that worked within our budget and exceeded our expectations. It is clear that she really enjoys guiding people through their landscape projects. She even visited us a few times after the project was finished, to check on a few plants and to fix a sprinkler. Denise is a delight to work with!

  • 4/5 stars July 9, 2013

    Was terrific to work with.

  • 5/5 stars February 5, 2013

    Denise transformed my garden into a beautiful relaxing oasis. She used my existing plants and brought many of her own.Her presentation was creative.Plants were put on various levels to provide more interest.She is a very pleasant person who is easy to work with.Denise is careful and particular about her work!

    Denise B. from Sacred Garden Designs, Inc. replied to this review on February 6, 2013:

    How beautiful. Thank You so much Irene.
    I will keep in touch.
    Be well.
    Denise

  • 5/5 stars February 4, 2013

    I loved working with Denise. Our project was relatively small, but despite this, she took a significant amount of time and care in designing our landscape and responding to our needs. She came to the hosue several times to look at the space, and provided us with sketches before beginning work. She has also been good with follow up, providing us with a detailed maintenance schedule. And of course, the work she did looks wonderful! Our small deck area has become a tranquil oasis thanks to her.

    Denise B. from Sacred Garden Designs, Inc. replied to this review on February 5, 2013:

    Thank You so much Leigh.
    Please let me know if you need any assistance in the future.
    I will be happy to help.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Be well
    Denise

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2012

    Denise at Sacred Garen Designs is wonderful. We have just begun working together but I feel like I have known here forever. Very professional and seems very connected to the project immediately. I will review again when we are deeper into the project but I am VERY happy to be working with Denise and feel very comfortable with her. I think it will be great.

  • 3/5 stars August 28, 2012

    Thank you to Denise and her crew for a great job in clearing out my backyard that had many overgrown trees and bushes. They did the work on time and did what they said they would do. I would recommend Sacred Garden to anyone that needs landscaping & yard work done.

    Robin Harmon

  • 5/5 stars August 16, 2012

    I had the pleasure of finding my personal gardening consultant, Denise with Sacred Garden Designs.
    She came out gave me an estimate and kept in touch with me. We set up a date for the planting and creating my new patio. Not only was she prompt but left the area clean.
    I would refer Denise to my family and friends and would use her again.
    I'm hoping to keep her as my frequent landscaper and wish her all the best.
    She has a beautiful knack for design and planning.
    ~~a pleased customer
    ~~ sarah

  • 5/5 stars July 6, 2012

    firstly, we had such fun working with Denise on our backyard playground and treehouse project. She communicated very well, gave good idea suggestions and pricing options. She also recommended an excellent carpenter who built a fabulous treehouse for us. The backyard turned out to be beautiful after Denise was done. Her work was meticulous and comprehensive

    Highly recommended!

  • 5/5 stars March 19, 2012

    Sacred Garden Designs are the best! I am soo happy with the results of their work. My backyard was soo overgrown with bushes, weeds, and neglected trees. Their price was very reasonable and Sacred Garden's crew is so hard working and did a fabulous job on my propriety. Denise (the owner) is great, and she made sure the job was complete and to my expectations. I highly recommend Denise and her crew, their the best!!

  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2012

    Denise is incredible! She's not only a true artist, but patient and kind to the neophytes like me over the 2 years we've worked together! She has a real skill for looking at your area, really listening to the things you love, and custom-designing a garden / landscape that's perfect for you. My projects with Denise were completed at the exact times promised and even under-budget! (very different vs. previous experiences) And the process was so simply and easy - she's a great manager & leader. I honestly can not recommend her highly enough! In fact, I've just moved from having a full garden to living in an apartment with a rooftop deck, so I'll be asking her to design my container garden as well. I can't imagine any garden or lawn area that wouldn't benefit from her touch!

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  • Working on a healing retreat/spa in Jamaica. A lovely property on the south coast of the island. So exciting!!!
    Dec 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I provide landscape design and installation services for single family residences, estates, apartment complexes, streetscapes, parks and playgrounds. Our focus is on landscapes that require a minimum amount of water and we incorporate boulders, river rocks, statuary and site furniture based on an artistic theme that works with the site. We provide expert maintenance and irrigation services as well.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. When you are looking to hire a landscape designer, make sure the landscape designer has done projects similar to what you need to get done. Check their portfolio to see samples of their work and to see if their style resonates with what you are wanting to create on your property. Most landscape designers specialize, so ask for a free consultation to determine if their skills and style match with what you are needing. It goes without saying but it is important to underscore that the professional must have a friendly disposition and a great attitude and be able to get along well with all types of people. An ego has no place in a service based business. The professional must leave a confident, pleasing, lasting impression on the customer because in this kind of service, when we are designing personal space, the customer will always be reminded of the experience within which this space was created.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Communication is key in building any relationship whether it be professional or personal. The designer should be able to easily communicate with both the owner and construction crew and be readily available to answer questions, problem solve and be flexible in the working out of details. Also, the designer should provide hands-on service during the construction process to make sure the design is implemented according to plan.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. How much design/construction experience does the design professional have?
Has the professional previously done the type of work you are requesting of him/her?
Where has the professional done previous work?
What are your rates?
What services do you provide?
Is the designer/contractor licensed?
How involved is the design professional in the implementation process of the design or service?
Who runs the crew that implements the service?
What is the time frame to provide your service?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. As the owner of the company, my work stands out because I LOVE what I do. I have dedicated 20 years of my life to landscape and garden design and pursued a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture to formalize my education. I personally attend to each customer in the initial design phase of the project and I treat each garden as if it was my own space. I bring all my undivided creative energies to that garden to make sure that the landscape resonates with the surrounding environment and that each plant is in the right place. I am a sustainable design professional and bring my experience to finding the best ways to cultivate the most beautiful gardens without negatively impacting the earth. That would mean reusing materials on the site to create new walls, berms or pathways, using low-water use plants or drip irrigation or making sure run-off from the property is minimized. My company's motto is "cultivating a beautiful world...one garden at a time" and we live that motto every day!

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