Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


Mendocino Garden Consultants

A Collaborative Design Resource for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

Landscape design is more than just shrubbing up the outside of a building. It is a logical planning process and also an art form that marries a site’s unique characteristics with people’s needs and wishes to create a totally unique outdoor place.

Mendocino Garden Consultants (MGC) brings a collaborative approach to the design process, creating high-quality landscapes that relate to their natural, historical, and architectural contexts.

Many skills and talents are necessary in garden-making. It is MGC’s desire to bring to your special project all that may be required for a successful outcome.

First and foremost we have good ears. We listen carefully to our clients in order to understand how they want to relate to their site, and we ask questions that probe into the specific activities and personal preferences you have. Next, we listen and look at the site itself to see what it is now and what it wants to be. A knowledge of environmental psychology and good people skills informs our conversations during our questioning, and expertise in the natural processes of horticulture and ecology contributes a scientific rigor to the analysis of the existing site.

Then there is the artistic aspect, where we bring the principals of good design into play. Proportion, unity, order, rhythm, and contrast are universal rules that have been employed for hundreds of years throughout the world to create harmonious environments. A familiarity with the nuances of various architectural and historical styles means that the garden and the structures will have a natural relationship with one another.

Finally, we season the design with playful and innovative approaches to plant selection, garden art, and furnishings so that your outdoor space is unique and expresses your style and personality.

The hundreds of decisions made during the design process are brought together and illustrated for clear understanding using a variety of graphic communication techniques. These include easy-to-read and colorful plans, informative elevations (side views), and revealing cross-sections, as well as quick sketches, inspirational images, and descriptive text.

The 3D computer model is a useful tool we often use during the design phase, as well as in the presentation of our ideas. The model brings to life your garden plan and allows us to try out various colors and materials, adjust sizes and dimensions, giving you a realistic understanding of the proposed improvements before anything is built. You can fly overhead for the big picture view, or swoop down to eye level and see how it will look from inside the house.

Finally, the MGC team helps bring the approved design to life with our association with skilled contractors, knowledgeable horticulturists, and talented craftspeople and artists.

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PO Box 857
Mendocino, Claifornia 95460
Phone: 707-397-1399