Planted Earth

Planted Earth Design Build Company was established in 2003 in Berkeley, California by landscape architect and design contractor Michael McFadden. We are a small company with a focus on custom residential landscape design, landscape construction, and garden care in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Planted Earth Design Build Company, we believe the garden is an extension of the living space of your home, an outdoor room in which many of the moments of your life will take place. Let us help you create a sanctuary to mirror who you are.

Decorative boulder terrace with flowering ground cover

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

Whenever there is an opportunity, Planted Earth sources sustainable materials and utilizes drought tolerant, low maintenance plants suitable for our Mediterranean climate. Most of our gardens feature both California natives and carefully selected non-natives that conserve water, do not out-compete native species and are appropriate to the terrain, soil type and exposure of each site. In our plant choices, are also mindful of supporting pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies, which bring vibrant beauty and magic to your garden. When specifying building materials for constructing fences, decks or arbors, we investigate how these materials have been harvested and prioritize sustainability in our selection process. We reduce our ecological impact with the help of sustainable products from Easy Bay Businesses like Biofuel Oasis, the Urban Farmer Store and Watershed Nursery, which respectively offer clean-burning biodiesel to fuel our fleet, smart irrigation technology for water conservation and California native plants.

 

Landscape Architect Michael McFadden directing decorative boulder on site.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL

At Planted Earth we believe that extraordinary outdoor environments are created when a landscape design firm places value in the individual strengths of its staff.  We’ve worked hard to create a team of landscape professionals whose talents compliment and support one another.  By working together with the homeowner, Planted Earth can generate distinct and individualized landscape designs to be executed by our construction team with precision and professional excellence.

Red, pink, white and purple yarrow Achillea Melliflora.

LOCAL

Planted Earth has had its roots in Berkeley since 2003 and we continue to base our operations out of the East Bay.  Our team has over 15 years of experience working in the Bay Area and is familiar with the soil, flora, fauna and micro-climates of our many sub-regions. Our familiarity with the specific challenges of this area, such as the need for water conservation, building codes and planning ordinances, and our understanding of the unique opportunities to create stunning landscapes in harmony with California’s Mediterranean climate make all the difference in the lasting, high quality work we do. We work and live here in the East bay, and do our best to support our local small businesses through our trusted network of nurseries, arborists, architects, engineers, metal workers, electricians, plumbers and masons who are often involved in our projects.

 

Our Services

Design

Planted Earth’s licensed landscape architect and design team can help turn your dream garden into a reality. Our approach is to learn the individual needs and desires of those who use your outdoor space, to analyze your property and define its potential, familiarize ourselves with your vision and create an elegant design that suits you and your home.

Construction

Our construction service is comprehensive in that we are capable of all trade work needed for any residential landscape project. We specialize in masonry and stonework, decks, fences, gates, arbors and trellises, drainage and erosion solutions, water features, spas, planting, pruning and irrigation. Whatever your needs, our dependable crew and carefully chosen closely supervised subcontractors are prepared to meet them. The Planted Earth construction team is also available for the construction of designs created by other landscape architects and designers.

Garden Care

Even the best garden design can lose its definition and aesthetics over time without an experienced gardener tending to its needs. Done well, half of ornamental gardening is observation and the remainder is hard work.

Creating a whole new landscape environment for a property is a consuming process, and Planted Earth tends to become attached to its projects. We are happy to offer continued care for your yard once the construction phase has concluded; allowing us to ensure your project’s excellence into the future.

Planted Earth will be with you through every step of the creation of your garden, from its inception, to its design, to its construction and maintenance, and because of this, you can be assured of a well-executed project from start to finish.

Sweeping rock wall with drought-tolerant garden design.
Our Work
St. Francis Wood | San Francisco

St. Francis Wood | San Francisco

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The Alameda | Berkeley

The Alameda | Berkeley

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Wildcat Canyon | El Cerrito

Wildcat Canyon | El Cerrito

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Bungalow | Berkeley

Bungalow | Berkeley

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Outdoor Living | Piedmont

Outdoor Living | Piedmont

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Stairs | The Bay Area

Stairs | The Bay Area

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Water Features | The Bay Area

Water Features | The Bay Area

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Fences | The Bay Area

Fences | The Bay Area

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Landscape Design | Berkeley

Landscape Design | Berkeley

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Meet the Talents

Meet the Team

Michael McFadden

Michael McFadden

Founder and Principal
Michael McFadden is a licensed landscape architect and contractor with a hands-on approach to creating unique outdoor environments. For twenty-five years, Michael has studied and practiced design, while at the same time building and caring for gardens as a landscaper. Michael lives in El Cerrito with his wife and three daughters.
Danica Zoran

Danica Zoran

Landscape Designer
Danica Zoran is a Landscape Designer at Planted Earth. She has worked in the field since 2012 and holds a degree in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from University of Belgrade. Danica is experienced with a broad range of project types including public parks, schoolyards, streetscapes and playgrounds.
Naosuke Nemoto

Naosuke Nemoto

Construction Director | Project Manager
Naosuke Nemoto is a Project Manager at Planted Earth, tasked with overseeing projects from beginning to end. Nao holds a degree in Architecture from Miami University and has studied Horticulture at San Francisco City College. His ten plus years of training in Landscaping and Woodworking have helped him develop a unique skill set that ensures the highest level of craftsmanship in his work.
Niall Walsh

Niall Walsh

Garden Care Specialist | Project Manager
Niall Walsh is a construction manager with Planted Earth. His dedication to creating enjoyable outdoor living spaces is grounded in a degree in Landscape Design and Construction from Merritt College, and field experience starting when he was 16. With a focus on drought tolerant landscaping concepts, Niall prioritizes sustainable construction and maintenance techniques to provide the support for a successful garden.
Contact

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