My goal …


… is to design gardens which enrich our lives, nourish our environment with beauty and function while being climate appropriate and resource friendly.

Using California, Mediterranean and South African  plantings I can provide texture, color and form to your garden.

Climate  appropriate plantings reduce landscape water and costs. Plants native to  our region create a habitat which provides food and shelter for native bees, butterflies and birds, even drawing beneficial insects that act as natural pest controls.

About My Clients

One of the questions that many people have when trying to select a designer to help them create the garden they desire is if that designer works with people in their situation.

“Does she know what I am going through and can she help me?”

Below are some  typical situations that my clients find themselves in, you may even recognize yourself here. Even if there is not an “exact match” if it sounds familiar it is probably worth us having a conversation – reach out and we can talk so that you get more information to make your decision.

Do any of these sound like you?…

“I applied to  the Contra Costa Water District Lose A Lawn – Get A Garden program and I am looking for an approved designer to help me”

“Our yard looks very “dated” which in fact it is. We want a make over.”

“We just bought a new house and want to create a yard/garden that fits our lifestyle.”

“We want to reduce our water usage.”

How I work

What is most important is to understand what my clients are trying to achieve in style and functionality. This is accomplished by a questionnaire and or face to face conversation, making sure there is compatibility in their vision and what I design.  I also encourage reuse or recycling of existing landscape vegetation or hardscape whenever possible.


Full Design Process
  • Interview
  • Questionnaire
  • Site Analysis, mapping – ( may include soil testing)
  • Proposal
  • Proposal Review (contracting)
  • Design Creation
Quick Design Process
  • One visit 2-3 hours
  • Rough sketch of plant layout or perspective
  • Plant List
  • Site Analysis
Additional Services
  • Garden consult
  • Irrigation design and water calculations


About Me

Native YardScape grew from my long term passion for gardening and a fascination of our local plants in the Bay area . I gained experience and developed my landscape knowledge  by completing the  Master Gardener Program through UC California.

As a graduate of the program I began serving the public through the Master Gardner Help desk.

This experience spurred me to enroll in the Horticulture program at Merritt College and then to continue into the  Landscape Design Program.

I work in the  Contra Costa area designing and managing gardens.

I am a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in the East Bay, a QWEL certified water efficient landscaper, and have judged at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.

I work with the Contra Costa Water District as a presenter and designer for their Landscape Design Assistance Program in conjunction with the Lose A Lawn – Get A Garden program. —

Bj Ledgerwood