About - Kathleen's Garden

It's About Us... (but mostly you!)

What makes a successful  garden?  First, it's functional spaces.  Comfortable areas to sit and dine, ample play spaces, shade, shelter.  Next;  color, texture, movement,  places to draw the eye and places for the eye to rest.  For some, drawing wildlife and connection to the natural world is very important.    Sometimes, there are site challenges such as poor soil, wildlife that eats your roses, hot sun or deep shade.  Finally, practical concerns like maintenance and places for our pets are important as well.  

I try to take all of these factors and create a beautiful space that will draw you outside and into your garden, to enjoy our wonderful California climate.  Every client is different, and my   solutions are customized to you.

We begin by getting to know each other and understanding your  desires and needs.     Next I  spend some time getting to know the site and understanding existing plants and conditions.  The design process is client driven - dependent on your needs.  We can proceed on a consultation basis;  providing sketches, plant suggestions and work with your garden staff.  If hardscape changes are needed, I  can provide design concept  and planting plans.  Lastly, I  can recommend and work  closely with a Contractor to make sure the garden is installed as intended.

Kathleen's Garden believes in using sustainable materials and practices and I am  Bay-Friendly trained.  As a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers I am  continually experiencing professional training and challenging myself  to keep up with a rapidly changing industry and climate.



Kathleen Olson is Principal of Kathleen's Garden Landscape Design and Consultation.  After graduating from UCSB with a BA in English, French and Political Science, Kathleen worked in the Wine and Package Design industries, owned a Cafe, dabbled in Voiceover, and raised two great kids.  In 2008 she decided to stop pulling her neighbors' weeds and start her own Landscape Design Business after graduating from Merritt College, Oakland with several certificates in Landscape Horticulture.  She currently resides in Lafayette, CA.