Turn your garden into your favorite vacationland!

Scene from a recent project

Use stone, water and creativity to build a paradise.

Scene from a recent project

The native California Iris dougliasiana.

Scene from a recent project

Steep hillsides can be colorful, easy-care, blend naturally and use minimal irrigation. This inland garden offers a recycling pond that flows beneath the bridge and attracts native wildlife.

Scene from a recent project

In wind or gentle breezes, drought tolerant, ornamental grasses add motion to this garden of serenity.

Scene from a recent project

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California Gardening and Landscaping Ideas and Tips

Flowers and plants enrich our lives in so many ways. We grow or buy cut flowers from our gardens to decorate our homes and surround outdoor areas with green and blooming color. Gardening is one of the top hobbies in the world. The look of your home can be altered dramatically by the landscaping that surrounds it.


This arch welcomes you into a private garden

There are so many benefits from working in the garden that can help us physically, psychologically, socially, practically and even economically. Fresh air, exercise, and vitamin D from the sun are all critical to keep our bodies functioning at their best. The brain relaxes and regenerates when working in the garden. Wandering around in nature or lounging in your outdoor space can reduce blood pressure and calm the spirit. Using your landscape for play, exercise, sports, for entertaining or other social activities will release mood-boosting endorphins.

Setting up your garden for children and pets adds practicality and expands the usefulness of your living space. Growing fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers to cut and bring into the home improves your diet, decorates your home, and saves you money. You can even help the ecology of the planet and support your local wildlife by gardening and landscaping wisely. And these are just a few of the benefits of mindful landscape planning.

There are endless possibilities for integrating your landscaping into your lifestyle, home design, local climate, and personal preferences. Thousands of plant varieties can be used for dramatic effects and various sun exposures.

Whether your interests lie in growing plants, designing, growing food, creating stress relief, or extending useful living space beyond your house structure — whatever goals you have for your property — gardening and landscaping can enhance your life and add value to your home and property. I welcome you to join me here in exploring your garden and landscape options and resolving your unique planting and maintenance issues.

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About Jane

Jane Schwartz Gates Jane Schwartz Gates is a professional landscaping contractor, author, artist, and public speaker. Jane was born in New England. She started drawing before she could walk and spent her favorite childhood times in nature and in the garden, later earning her Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. A post graduate degree in art and design followed from the Academia di Perugia in Italy.

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