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Pasadena Japanese Garden Designers

Browse these Japanese garden designers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Pasadena.

Domingo Moreno
4.7
from 97 reviews
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
Eydie O.
Verified review

Thank you Domingo and Maco my garden is so clean and weed free! I will have more time to play with my roses! You guys are awesome!

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Meathead Landscape
4.6
from 87 reviews
  • 139 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patrick W.
Verified review

Otto arrived on time and we agreed on the scope of the gardening needed and the fee for bi-monthly gardening. The garden looked lovely, and we are looking forward to additional plantings and putting our "stamp" on our new home and landscape. I have no hesitation providing this review for the work provided by Otto/Meathead Landscaping.

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Dirt Beauty
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Suzanne S.
Verified review

Patricia was very professional, creative and did a magnificent garden landscape design for us.

Optimal Landscape
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen K.
Verified review

Ive been using Optimal Landscaping for sometime now and truly am grateful for the services Francisco's and his crew have provided me with over the years. From the installation of an artificial lawn in my back yard last year to the renovation of my "water stair" fountain in my Hollywood Hills home, Francisco's landscape design is always carefully planned and executed to perfection.Simply the best crew Ive ever worked with. Francisco's work always goes above and beyond my expectations, while working well within my budget.

Silva Landscape
4.5
from 33 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Cal T.
Verified review

I found Jose to be extremely knowledgeable about his craft during our initial meeting. Upon discussing the plan for desert landscaping on my front lawn, he followed up with a design drawing and ideas to enhance the overall look. Jose handpicked all of the large boulders and pond stones that were to make up the flowing rock river. He was also helpful in the drought resistant plant selection and worked closely with my wife and I on their placement within the landscape. Jose and his staff were professional, showed up on time and worked extremely hard during some pretty intense outdoor temperatures to get the job completed within a set timeframe. Jose and his staff were very conscientious of not doing any damage to my driveway as the large boulders and assorted stones were delivered to my home. They worked hard to ensure that we were happy with the final result. My wife and I felt that our expectations were exceeded and our two young girls said, "We feel like we're at a resort". Our neighbors have also weighed in with very positive feedback on the new landscaping. Finally, Jose stayed as close to our starting budget as possible. Any budgetary changes were brought to our immediately. I would highly recommend Jose Silva Landscaping for your landscaping needs.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Renate B.
Verified review

Adrian is A GEM! Seriously, I could not be happier with his work. 1) He was easy to communicate with and very responsive. He texted frequently, was always honest and reliable on when he would come to me, and he was extremely personable and knowledgeable about his craft. 2) His work is BEAUTIFUL. One of the trees he trimmed went from horribly over-grown to looking like a Japanese Bonsai tree. He literally didn't cut corners anywhere on our property (which EVERY other gardener has). 3) He is very reasonably priced! He also didn't over or underestimate how much the work would cost and how long it would take. Many other guys have quoted me lower prices, but stopped before the job was done because they underestimated the scale of our job when quoting their price. Adrian accomplished every.single.thing that he said he would accomplish.. I honestly think the work he did warrants a higher price than I paid him. I think if I had gone elsewhere I would have paid the same price to get my tree trimmed in such high quality, let alone doing the entire yard (front and back) for his quoted price. We've hired him to be our maintenance gardener, and also to do an installation of a few yard in a few months. I would definitely hire him for anything you need done on your property. I'm really glad I found him and I look forward to working with him more in the future.

  • 14 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Leila E.
Verified review

I found Thomas Camarena very knowledgeable about landscaping and designing gardens. He recognized all the plants in our yard and knew how to take care of them. He's also a good listener and willing to work with the client. I look forward to having more work done by him and his company soon!

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  • 14 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jasmine D.
Verified review

We just bought a new home and had a completely dirt backyard that we wanted to get landscaped. We hired David right away after meeting with him because he was easy to work with and gave us a great bid that worked with our budget. He also gave us a military discount. We got a mix of concrete and grass in our backyard, which was perfect for our kids so they could play in the backyard and ride their bikes and scooters. We also got an alumawood patio installed that went from end to end of the back of our house. He also gave us a great deal when it came to hooking up our outdoor lighting. We also got a garden wall and sprinklers installed. We are under a pretty strict HOA community because we live in a new housing development and David is well aware of most HOA restrictions. Took him awhile to get us the plans we needed to submit to HOA but we eventually got them and they were approved. Also, a section of our grass in our backyard began to die because the sprinklers were not hitting the area properly and David was willing to replace the sod and add an additional sprinkler. We had a great experience with him and we are definitely going to come back to him when we are ready to hardscape our front yard. Great contractor that is always willing to work with you to make sure you get what you want!

PONCE LANDSCAPING
4.5
from 22 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra R.
Verified review

Isidro and his staff did a great job with my garden and trees! I will definitely hire them again for another project.

Eden Condensed
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Dona H.
Verified review

I wanted a clean, modern xeriscape design to replace an overgrown lawn of crabgrass. I have a mid-century style house and preferred a clean look over mulch. I shared some ideas and she ran with it. The end result is a contemporary design of decomposed granite, succulents and drought tolerant flowering plants. She also installed beautiful stone pathways and a patio area with pavers and pebbles. I enjoyed working with Angela and her team. She was proactive, resourceful and made the whole experience easy for me. When I wanted to make changes while the work was in progress, she worked with me every step of the way. The end result is beautiful and better than I could have imagined. Angela Price can design the garden of your dreams. Professional, organized, knowledgeable, flexible, and creative. Give her your ideas, pictures, sketches, or nothing at all and she will magically transform your space.

Mesa Verde Landscapes
4.4
from 22 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan A.
Verified review

Mesa Verde Landscapes has provided great service at reasonable price. We are very satisfied with the work done on our lawn and garden by Mesa Verde, also Impressed by the efficient week after week service

A Greener Tomorrow Inc.
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie W.
Verified review

Carmen is always there to answer questions with a can do spirit. The whole family is nice and professional at the same time. They had a very hard worker who installed our small garden. Great team!

Cut and Curve Creations
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sara R.
Verified review

Jason has been extremely easy to work with. We had a lot of overgrown things in our new backyard and he was not only quick but affordable. We also have 2 dogs which is sometimes hard to work with. He was very flexible and even helped us with building some garden boxes so we can get our garden going!

Form & Focus Landscape, LLC
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Toni W.
Verified review

We asked Form & Focus to design and re-landscape our front, side and back yards to give us a Southwest Zen feel. Their designer, Katie, worked closely with us to give us just what we wanted working within our budget. Her design included a Japanese style Zen garden (at our request) and new flagstone patio while using colorful stone to significantly reduce the area of our yard that needed watering. We did keep some areas of lawn, but used a new type of drought resistant grass called UC Verde buffalo grass (developed specifically for California by the University of California) that can be maintained at a meadow length, and which fits in perfectly with our natural Zen approach. The project took about 2 weeks to install and was carefully supervised by Jacob and Aaron on a daily basis. They worked with us to make adjustments to the various areas of the design as we moved along, so that everything was sized and shaped to our specs. Their people arrived promptly every day and worked through 100+ degree heat to keep us on schedule, cleaning up each night before they left. Here's what they did for us: demolition of existing landscape, installation of artificial turf, installation of flagstone/decomposed granite walkway/patio, installation of Zen garden including a 1,200 pound boulder, conversion to drip sprinkler system, installation of borders and decorative rock, installation of drought resistant grass and plants throughout. They were a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to use Form & Focus for future work.

AAlandscape Design
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
Verified review

I hired Adja to design my home rose garden and vegetable garden. The design was great, although my gardener install it for, I have no regret using her design. She did a fantastic job.

Transformations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen Y.
Verified review

Claudia has been tending to my tiny garden for over a year now. She selected the pIants and design after a brief consult with me and the finished product was exactly what I had pictured! (Thanks Claudia for reading my mind.) Now, she updates it with color each season. It's great for me! I'm enjoying the fruits of her labor...Claudia comes *highly recommended*

California Jungle, Inc.
3.8
from 4 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Madelaine S.
Verified review

I call Chris the "Picasso of Plants". His innovative landscape designs have already won my home 2 awards. He's designed 3 homes on our street and all are completely different. He also offers gardener maintenance. His prices are very competitive. Truth be told, you get so much more than you pay for! HIGHLY recommend.

  • 38 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael A.
Verified review

I echo the previous reviewer's notes on Derek. Not only did Derek do a great job, but he really helped me elevate my green thumb knowledge. His pricing was competitive and hisck tractor Jose was incredibly timely in executing the garden implementation and finishing the project. As a side, Derek himself was a pleasure to work with. Very cheery and pleasant. I highly recommend Derek.

  • 11 years in business
Catherine R.
Verified review

Sarah did an excellent job landscaping my front yard.We changed it from lawn to drought tolerant plants with a drip system. With her eye for design and her knowledge of plant she came up with a fantastic plan. I really enjoyed the process including going to the nursery with Sarah to pick out plants. She worked with my gardener on the installation but also has people she works with on a regular basis to do the installation while she makes sure everything is going according to plan. I highly recommend her.

Harmony Gardens
5.0
from 1 review
    Lisa G.
    Verified review

    Over a period of ten years, I have worked with Shelley on several Landscape/Garden and Feng Shui projects. She is an extremely talented Landscape Architect bringing unique beauty and a special balance to every project. Tapping into her knowledge with Feng Shui, I have always experienced very positive results. Contact Shelley for your upcoming project you will be delighted with her open and warm personality. The creative positive energy she will add to your garden and home you will cherish for years to come. I recently had a Consultation of my garden with Shelley via Skype which was awesome! She is also an author, "Secrets of the Land, Designing Gardens with Feng Shui" and helpful ebook "Keep Plants Healthy Monthly Actions for Beautiful Gardens." Her website www.harmonygardens.net offers an informative Newsletter subscribe and receive your free ebook "How To Attract Butterflies to Your Garden!"

    Kevin Snyder Handyman
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Leanna C.
      Verified review

      I’ve known Kevin for many years. He has always been a conscientious, hard working, and honest individual. He remodeled my home not long ago, inside and out, and saved me not only a considerable amount of money, but the quality of the remodel is amazing. I’m still getting compliments on it. The best part was how we worked together designing the remodel so I ended up getting exactly what I wanted as well as everything being very comfortable and convenient. I had one of those popcorn type ceilings and he removed all of that. Now I have beautifully smooth and painted ceilings in every room. When I brought the house there was a hole in the living room ceiling. Kevin found and repaired a water leak from the upstairs bath that had caused it. Everything needed replacing in each bathroom. He tore it all out - walls, plumbing, floors, fixtures, bath tub, shower, cupboards, drawers, everything. He helped me with ideas on where I could find new fixtures, etc. for the bathrooms and went with me to give me his input and help me transport the items back home. The electrical wiring was old so he rewired the whole place as well as hiding TV cables that the installers had just left hanging in plain view. He installed new lighting throughout so I have plenty now when I need it, and ceiling fans too. I mentioned I didn’t have enough storage space and before I knew it Kevin had located extra room below the staircase and in the space above the staircase upstairs. He made a door and installed it in the wall below the stairs, and he took out part of a wall above the stairs and inside a closet and added shelves. I now have two new storage areas. He also laid my wonderful new tile floors in the kitchen, hall way, and bathrooms. He built the entire patio from scratch. I needed cupboards on the patio to hold gardening equipment so he designed and built those and attached them to the wall of the house. They are up off the ground and very convenient. Kevin installed a new patio roof, and he installed a sprinkler system as well – I really love that! We designed the patio layout together. Kevin had great ideas on how to build the large planter section. The flowers and plants are thriving, and I’m really enjoying the dwarf blood orange tree he encouraged me to buy. Some neighbors and friends have asked for Kevin’s contact information and they are very pleased with his help with their household problems. He enjoys nothing better than to help people. No task is too small or too large. He is a knowledgeable and multi-talented handyman. He is very kind coming back periodically to maintain my property. I don’t know what I would do without his help.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      What does a landscape contractor do?

      Landscape contractors work from outdoor architectural or design plans to build and install hardscaping or softscaping for the client, much as a general contractor uses architectural designs to build a house. Landscape contractors are experts in soil drainage, grading, hardscaping (installing concrete paths and retaining wall, building ponds, etc.), and planting. They have heavy equipment such as excavators and tractors to prepare the land as needed.

      Some landscape contractors are also landscape architects or landscape designers. The titles can be compared with those in home construction: A building or landscape architect must earn a specialized architecture degree and pass an exam to have a license. A designer — whether an interior designer or a landscape designer — does not usually require a license to work. Landscape contractors are not required by law to work from plans designed by a landscape architect, so you may work directly with the landscape contractor to specify the work you’d like done. The national average cost for large-scale landscaping projects is $10,160. Pricing can vary greatly depending on the project scope, materials and design.

      How do you find a good landscape architect?

      Hiring a landscape architect is an investment in your home. Landscaping can reduce water bills, improve your home resale value, add to your daily living experience and significantly boost curb appeal. A landscape architect will draw the designs for your new landscape; you’ll want to hire a landscape contractor to carry out the plans. Many companies provide design-build landscaping services, with a company architect creating plans for your vision and the landscape contractor executing the vision. With the proper academic background and licensing, a person can be both landscape architect and landscape contractor. Here are a few tips for finding a great landscape architect:

      • Research online portfolios and find several landscape architects whose work interests you.
      • Read online reviews of client experiences.
      • Research whether the landscape architects you are interested in are currently licensed and in good standing with the licensing board, and check whether any complaints have been issued against them. Each state will have their own searchable database. For example, you can search for California landscape architects via the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
      • Request bids from your selected landscape architects.
      • Hire the one you like the most, taking care to have a clearly written contract outlining scope of work.

      For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

      What should you look for when hiring a landscaper?

      Landscaping can be costly — though it usually pays off in curb appeal and home resale value — so finding a landscaper who is worth the investment is important. When hiring a landscaper, look for proven success with the type of results you want. For example, if you know you want a drought-tolerant yard, research websites, reviews and portfolios that showcase beautiful drought-tolerant yards that the landscaper has installed. In addition to relevant experience, you’ll want to find a landscape contractor who has good client reviews. Good communication skills are another important quality in a landscape contractor, since everything from plant selection to hardscape installation needs to be discussed and agreed upon. A landscape contractor who is reliable, easy to understand and able to listen to what you want will help make the process seamless and enjoyable.

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