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Meet our Designers: 

Garden Design Services

Beautiful Plants & Inspired Designs since 1954

Anderson's La Costa’s professionals have designed hundreds of gardens for Southern California homeowners. Having a trained garden professional visit your home or office site will save time and mistakes, while helping you create a beautiful garden you’ve always dreamed of to enjoy for years to come.

Professional Garden Consultation:

  • A trained Garden Designer will make a visit to your home or place of business. The cost of a one-hour onsite visit is $450. Additional on-site design hours are $150 per hour.

  • During the initial onsite visit, the designer will come to understand your vision for a finished design. They will survey the location and take measurements and photos as needed.

  • The designer will develop an itemized plant listing, a basic placement sketch for viewing and an itemized breakdown of the costs associated with the proposed design.

  • An itemized listing will include the cost of: plant materials, recommended soil amendments, fertilizers, necessary pest/disease control products, delivery and placement.

  • A follow up meeting to present the proposed design and plant selection at the nursery is included in the consultation. Additional design hours beyond this scope are $150 per hour.

  • Anderson’s designers focus their garden designs to our areas of expertise. We do not quote irrigation and/or hardscape design elements, but will be happy to refer those items to our select referral partners.

Our trained professionals can assist you with:


  • Garden design to your preferences

  • Optimal plant selection and options for your unique setting and microclimate

  • Advice on drought tolerant/California native designs

  • Recommendations on soil amending

  • Professional advice

  • Plant/problem identification and resolution

  • Address maintenance needs, including low-maintenance designs

  • A scheduled nursery visit to view recommended plant materials


Stop in and visit us at the nursery to see what we can do in your garden. Our design team is tops in talent, creativity and professionalism.  Plus, you get the benefit of Anderson’s 60 years of service in the community to back our commitment. Please contact us:

Landscape Designers in Encinitas, California

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Marc Smith, Tandy Denny and Taylor McAdoo

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Our Garden Designers:


Marc Smith – nursery owner & designer
Marc has decades of experience designing and building functional landscapes with a distinct sense of place. He combines a mix of plants and materials to create inviting and relaxing landscapes that are also well suited for our region. 

Tandy Denny - senior designer
Tandy’s journey as a plant enthusiast began while growing up in the tropics of Southeast Asia, then Arizona, and then many years in Southern California. She continues to learn as she uses her own gardens as testing grounds to understand how plants grow in various micro-climates. These experiences are blended with the client’s vision and any already established elements into a result that exceeds expectations. “The process of sharing knowledge of colors, textures and subsequent landscape care is a joy that never gets routine.”

Taylor McAdoo - garden designer & crew

A born artist, Taylor combines the expertise and knowledge of running a crew with his creative and functional style of garden design. Originally from Texas, Taylor studied horticulture and design with the best and has planted dozens of North County gardens. He brings his seasoned experience to our nursery and to you.


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