- DEVOTED TO CRAFTSMANSHIP
- NATIVE | WATERWISE
- BAY AREA LOCAL BUSINESS
- SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
Planted Earth Inc. 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 Inc., 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.
From Funky to Functional and FunModern View Project
Living Large in a Small Outdoor SpaceModern / Naturalistic View Project
East Meets West in Serene PatioNaturalistic View Project
Garden Slope | El CerritoModern / Native View Project
Modern Rustic | OaklandCraftsman / Modern / Naturalistic View Project
PatiosModern / Naturalistic View Project
St. Francis Wood | San FranciscoNaturalistic View Project
The Alameda | BerkeleyCraftsman / Native / Naturalistic View Project
Wildcat Canyon | El CerritoModern View Project
“Planted Earth and Michael McFadden are the absolute best. They took our shabby, dated and overgrown backyard, and turned it onto a work of art. They worked extensively on price and design with us — we wanted something that looked awesome from a design perspective, but also worked with our lifestyle (we have a very active yellow lab). He came up with a design we loved, made it fit in our budget, built us a gorgeous redwood deck and arbor, installed paving stones and decomposed granite, worked with us to choose plants that we liked and suited the landscape, and handled all of the irrigation and sod.”Chloe
“We had a huge, slightly overwhelming landscaping project on a big lot that hadn’t been touched by anyone but deer for years. The team at Planted Earth was able to take our jumble of ideas and create for us a multi-staged plan so we could budget it bit by bit. Our garden now is so gorgeous; people driving by will often slow down just to check it out.”Amanda & Frank
“Michael has vast experience in all aspects of landscape; there is nothing he and his crew can’t handle. He has a great eye for design and the skills to make the ideas become reality. He is flexible, reliable, and very easy to communicate with. His crew and subcontractors are equally skilled and professional. Two years after the official completion of my yard, he is still available for even the smallest of requests for modifications or technical expertise with irrigation, lighting, and planting.”Donna
“Michael has done a number of projects at my home. In every case we have been thrilled with the results. He and his crew are easy to have around and do their work professionally and on schedule. I have also seen several of Michael’s projects at other sites and have come away impressed every time.”Geoff
Whenever there is an opportunity, Planted Earth Inc. 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, we 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.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL
At Planted Earth Inc. 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 complement and support one another. By working together with the homeowner, Planted Earth Inc. can generate distinct and individualized landscape designs to be executed by our construction team with precision and professional excellence.
Planted Earth Inc. 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.
Creating a whole new landscape environment for a property is a consuming process, and Planted Earth Inc. 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 Inc. 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.
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Michael McFaddenFounder and Principal
Danica ZoranLandscape Designer
Robin SlovakCost Estimator and Junior Designer
Robin is a Cost Estimator and Junior Designer at Planted Earth Inc. He holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Robin has a passion for planting design and reducing the amount of waste produced from projects. Using his millennial savvy, Robin provides accurate and thorough estimates for the team and assists with designs.