creating landscapes in the bay area

devoted to craftmanship

Planted Earth Design & Build Co. was established in 2003 in Berkeley, California by landscape architect/general 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. Our approach is rooted in the belief that 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.

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Planted Earth Design & Build Co.’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. If your project requires engineering or permitting, we have working relationships with geotechnical, civil, and structural engineers. We can produce drawings to be submitted to building and planning departments for permit approval.


In addition to being licensed as a landscape architect, and C27 landscape contractor, Planted Earth Design & Build Co. is a licensed general contractor. Our construction service is comprehensive in that we are capable of all trade work needed for any residential outdoor project. Our builders are proficient in masonry and stonework, decks, fences, gates, arbors and trellises, drainage and erosion solutions, water features, spas, planting, pruning and irrigation, painting and much more. Whatever your needs, our dependable crew and closely supervised subcontractors are prepared to meet them. The Planted Earth Inc. construction team is also available for the construction of designs created by other landscape architects and designers.


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 Inc. tends to become attached to its projects. We are happy to offer continued care for your yard once the construction and planting phases have concluded. Continued care with our team will ensure that your garden reaches its potential.

Planted Earth Design & Build Co.’s 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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Planted Earth Design & Build Co.’s offers landscape design, installation and garden care around much of the Bay Area.

To learn more and get recommendations for landscaping and gardening in your area, click on the name of your city or region:

Oakland / San Francisco / Marin / Piedmont / Kensington / Berkeley / Alameda / El Cerrito / Orinda / Moraga / Lafayette / Woodside

Plan your space

The best way to start is by scheduling a phone call with a member of our design team. Once we understand the nature of your project we will let you know what services Planted Earth can offer. Usually the next step is a site visit/ consultation during which your designer will get to know you and your property better. During this visit we will develop a “program” or “scope of design” for the project. Within a week of the initial consultation we will deliver a proposal for design services. If you decide to partner with Planted Earth for your project our team will guide you through the creative process from site evaluation, photography and measuring to schematic design, construction detailing and if required permit drawings. We will discuss realities of the schedule, budget, and permit requirements early in the process, and help you to plan the project from start to finish.


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Schedule a call or site visit consultation using Calendly
AT (510) 868-2733
One way to start the process is to  fill out our Detailed Questionnaire
Schedule a call or site visit consultation using Calendly
AT (510) 868-2733
One way to start the process is to  fill out our Detailed Questionnaire