Testimonials

Richard and Priscilla Johnson, San Luis Obispo, California

"Before Gabriel did his magic, our back yard--established in 1923 and pretty much neglected ever since--was a diamond in the rough (some established fruit trees and shrubs, seasonal weeds, parched earth in the summer). Gabriel visited our property, took photos, and drew up a detailed plan. His vision included gravel walkways, native-stone borders, sandstone boulders, and mounded planting areas -- all designed to accommodate existing trees, planters, and shed structures. The proposed plantings included a beautiful and drought-resistant mix of mostly-native grasses and shrubs (manzanita, yarrow, hummingbird sage, California fuchsia, salvia), all appropriate to a small 1920s bungalow in the middle of San Luis Obispo. Much-impressed by Gabriel's enthusiasm, knowledge of native plants, and attention to detail, we gave him the go-ahead. He and his crew of two helpers, along with his small earth-moving machine, knocked out the job in three days. Throughout the project, Gabriel coordinated the details (selection and delivery of stone, bark, and plant specimens, excavation of topsoil, placement and compacting of gravel, cleanup, etc.) with obvious skill and experience. He even took us along to choose the boulders. The crew never failed to show up and complete the various steps on or ahead of schedule, and the whole project came in on time and under budget. A few weeks later, Gabriel checked back to make sure that we and the plants were happy. Three months later, our garden looks great! With an almost 100% survival rate (replacements quickly and cheerfully provided), our new plants are growing, blooming, and giving us all the visual pleasure we hoped for. We are glad we called this patient, easygoing garden-creator (plan to do so again for a re-do of our side yard), and give him our highest recommendation."

Testimonials

Marsha Houston, Los Osos, California
"Because of the efforts and creativity of Gabriel Frank of Gardens by Gabriel, my garden---just two years old---has been featured in the Garden Section of The Tribune of San Luis Obispo; has been certified an official Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation; and is constantly admired by passersby."

John, Grover Beach, California
"A wonderful team of professional, conscious, hardworking, reliable, courteous and friendly landscapers. Gabriel created a garden vision from a drafted plan converting un-landscaped dirt land to an elegant, low-maintenance, drought-tolerant haven that we can relax in, and admire and enjoy. Their fee was reasonable, we did have a small problem with irrigation that Gabriel personally came and rectified almost immediately. We have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending these creative 'wizards'!"

John Pratt, San Luis Obispo, California
"I rely on Gabriel for his talent, knowledge, good communication, and competitive prices. Gabriel’s a great guy who knows his stuff and does a wonderful job. My office is a challenging high traffic location, but my gardens look great and get lots of comments."

Jeff and Linda Olds, Jamba Juice, Arroyo Grande, California
"I met Gabriel at the Home Show in San Luis Obispo. What made him stand out in the deluge of 'stuff' were the plants he'd selected to bring as well as their arrangement. He has a great sense of style. From my initial contact with him at the Home Show through the completion of our project, Gabriel was professional, helpful, timely, and thorough. He and his team worked diligently through a tight timeline and the result was wonderful."
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Richard and Priscilla Johnson, San Luis Obispo, California
"Before Gabriel did his magic, our back yard--established in 1923 and pretty much neglected ever since--was a diamond in the rough (some established fruit trees and shrubs, seasonal weeds, parched earth in the summer)."
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