I love working with Kathleen Olson. I contacted Kathleen after contacting homeowners of my favorite landscaped yards. I learned that Kathleen Olson was the designer. So began our relationship. Kathleen designed our yard after meeting with me to learn how I envisioned using and enjoying our space. I didn’t know the names of plants but showed her pictures of what I loved. She in turn talked me through the plants that would do best in our soil and climate. Kathleen worked beautifully with the person I had used for fencing, retaining walls, planting and sprinkler systems for years. As they worked together, they refined details of “the plan” and find themselves still occasionally working together. That wasn’t the end. Kathleen has dropped in to see how plants are doing and to fine-tune where needed.
Not only is Kathleen amazingly talented, she is a joy to work with! We had such a great experience working with Kathleen on our backyard, a year later we asked her to help us with our front yard. Both projects had different needs and Kathleen catered her services specifically to the needs of our projects. Our backyard was a large and challenging project with old hardscape, a pool and multiple lifeless gardens. Kathleen was a great partner as we contemplated multiple ideas to transform it completely. She produced drawings and renderings that helped us envision the end result and gave us many options of practical, yet inspirational hardscape and planting ideas. During construction she was always available, overseeing the work and trouble shooting challenges along the way. Our front yard was more focused on planting gardens. Her deep knowledge of what would practically grow and survive against the elements saved us a lot of money in the long run. In the end, both projects were successful, transformative and beautiful. Kathleen’s full breadth of services and expertise, along with her kind, practical, fair and creative approach, has helped us transform our home to one that we love and enjoy everyday.
Tom and Katie, Lafayette
We are so happy to be enjoying our back yard garden designed by Kathleen Olson. She has a great eye for design and a knowledge of plants that will grow well in our area. She incorporated our plant preference with her design including hardscape including a path, patio, and arbor. Kathleen is a pleasure to work with.
Frank and Jan, Moraga
Thank you for everything you have done to help us create a beautiful, tranquil space in our front and backyard. We not only appreciate your obvious knowledge and expertise with California native gardens, but also your ability to help us clarify our vision for the space. Your guidance in designing the space, recommending plants and coordinating with our landscaper was truly invaluable. Not only did we get a quality result, but we also had a lot of fun working with you! We look forward to recommending you to others who are looking for a top notch landscape designer.
Kathleen and Al , Walnut Creek
“ We LOVE our beautiful landscaped front yard. Kathleen gave us a low/no maintenance California front yard that perfectly compliments our ranch style home. Through every season we have random neighbors stopping by to ask WHO did our front yard! It is alive with color and texture throughout the year. I just love it so much. Kathleen was so fun to work with. She suggested how to work with our clunky front porch, provided hardscape design options, lighting and even helped me pic a paint color for the front of the house. After 20 years of trying to “do it myself” I am so THRILLED to finally have the yard of my dreams.”
Renae, Walnut Creek