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Patricia A. Benner LANDSCAPE DESIGN


Patricia A. Benner LANDSCAPE DESIGN

135 N. Orange Drive

220 Calle Del Mar

Los Angeles, CA 90038

Stinson Beach, CA 94870

323-933-1091 benner-design.com


Landscape design is a living art form which continues to grow, develop and evolve in harmony with its environs and the passage of time. With its ever changing scale, texture and color palette, a landscape must be molded with care, artistry and a deep understanding of how materials, trees and plantings relate to one another over time, to ensure a beauty that is enduring and everlasting. 


“The only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination.� - Thomas Church


“The great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden look natural, but to make the garden so that the people will feel natural.� - Lawrence Halprin


Patricia Benner Landscape Design is redefining drought-

to best suit the home and the way our clients use the outdoors.

tolerant gardens. These landscapes need not be limited to grasses Our drought-tolerant landscapes are lush, colorful and varied and succulents. Our extensive knowledge of drought-tolerant plantings allows us to design these gardens in a variety of styles

while rejecting California’s water challenges.


How We Work SITE EXPLORATION

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

First we study the site to understand our canvas and the assets

We start the design process at a conceptual level with a

and challenges of the property. We consider the architectural

Schematic Design. As we hone the landscape plan, we

style and vernacular of the home as well as the values, goals

meet with the Client to discuss aesthetic, technical and

and passions of the client with respect to their home and

programmatic issues and to articulate design requirements.

garden. We strive to understand how the outdoor spaces

We discuss the Client’s program, schedule, project budget

might be used, considering the best places to gather, cook, eat

and alternative approaches to the landscape design and

or play.

construction of the project.

DRAWING PRODUCTION

PROJECT ADMINISTRATION

Upon the Client’s approval of the design concept, we proceed

Our Project Managers guide the entire project from design to

to develop construction drawings for the scope of work

drawings through installation. When the construction package

proposed. Our plans are meticulous, detailing all aspects

is issued for bids, we answer contractors’ questions regarding

of the built elements such as hardscape, garden structures,

the plans and review bids to aid in the selection of contractors

pools and fountains as well as planting, landscape lighting

for the landscape work. During construction, we assist the

and irrigation layouts and specifications. In developing the

client in ensuring contractor compliance with the design

construction package, we collaborate with the project architect

drawings, assist with project coordination and scheduling,

and consultants such as structural, civil and mechanical

address any problems that emerge during construction and

engineers as needed. As the design process evolves, sketches

strive to ensure a smooth construction process.

are fleshed out into full color renderings to help our clients visualize their landscape.


“There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.� - Gertrude Jekyll


Collaboration is essential when working with a design team.

to ensure that the timing of the project is adhered to the benefit

The landscaping is usually the final layer of a project so the

of all. We have had the good fortune to have worked with some

landscape designer must work seamlessly with the architects

of California’s finest designers and architects. Our process is

and designers throughout the design process to ensure that the

designed to be collaborative and our work only benefits from

design serves the client, the house and the overall aesthetic of

these collaborations.

the project. During construction, we work with the contractor


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