Would you like a few ideas for a small area or a master plan for a few acres?
I offer a full line of landscape design and related services to meet a variety of needs and budgetary concerns. For more information, please visit my Services page.
Unique plant palettes, precise CAD plans, landscape photo imaging, 3D rendering and web conferencing during the design development phase.
When addressing small areas where plans might not be necessary, my Online Consultation might be the way to go. Please visit the Services page for details.
Do you need help with your landscape? Do you need a few ideas for a small area or a master plan for a few acres? Do you want a naturalistic garden with California natives, a perennial garden for year 'round color, a formal Mediterranean landscape that relies on a palette of greens or something of a subtropical nature with the exotic shapes and colors of succulents and plants from the southern hemisphere? I can help you organize your ideas and work with you to create a landscape that will be uniquely yours.
When developing customized solutions, I combine creativity with realistic planning. During the design process, we are guided by your individual wishes, needs and interests, as well as the existing vegetation and site conditions, topography, house architecture and the landscape character of your area. The result is a harmonious concept.
Hi. My name is Donna Lynn. I have been working as a landscape designer for over 20 years. I grew up in Mass. and many a childhood summer was spent at my grandparents' camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My Gram was an avid horticulturist who would take me for walks in the woods and point out plants like Lady's Slipper and Trillium. She always planted an abundant veggie garden and could propagate just about anything.
After high school I spent a year as an apprentice to an artist/textile designer. I then went on to study 2D design, graphic design, color theory, drawing and sculpture at New England School of Art & Design, Mass College of Art, and Nantucket Island School of Design & the Arts, after which, I attended and graduated from NE School of Photography, majoring in editorial photography. My life relocated me to the Phoenix area where I worked as an editorial photographer, photographing CEOs and entrepreneurs for Forbes and Arizona Trend magazines. Later, friends who owned a landscape design/build firm invited me to apply my knowledge of design principles to landscape design. I became a partner in their company where I worked as a designer and project manager for 10 years.
Upon relocating to Santa Barbara in the mid-90's, I undertook an independent course of study of the particulars of landscaping in California, that led me from UCLA to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. I spent countless hours learning about the plants available in the landscape trade here and divided them into palettes based on area of origin. I also taught myself CAD drafting, landscape photo imaging and 3D rendering. My continuing education is ongoing - thru LEED certified courses, study of organic practices, discovering and experimenting with new software and technology and using and monitoring new plants in my projects.
I have worked with landscape architects, landscape contractors, architects, general contractors, interior designers, arborists and experienced trade persons and gardeners on a variety of projects, both large and small, in Santa Barbara, Ventura and L.A. counties.
As a designer, I draw from my art background to bring beauty to the landscapes I work on, practical focus from my years in design/build and improved visualizing tools as a result of my interest in computer rendering software. Like a blank canvas, each new job presents the opportunity to create something fresh and new. I delight in the challenge of deciphering the elements that will make each project unique to those who hire me.
Victorian Landscape Design
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An online article at: Landscaping Network.com
The property below, located in Montecito, is one where I worked as a landscape designer and maintenance consultant. Chosen for house style and lovely landscaping, it was used as one of the locations for Crate & Barrel's 2011 outdoor furniture, summer catalog photo shoots.