San Luis Obispo Landscape Design, Installation, & More

Transform Your Personal Nature! Gardens by Gabriel will guide you through the process of idea generation, design creation, and landscape installation. We specialize in everything from the small backyard sanctuary to the large-scale property transformation. Our commitment to sustainable practices drives us to design and install garden environments that are wildlife-friendly, low-impact and resource-efficient. And if you're looking to tackle your own project, we also offer hourly consultation services.

Design + Planning

Every project begins with a good design!

  • Gabriel will meet with you and a co-designer to go over your ideas, goals, any special requests
  • Your space will be measured and signature details noted
  • Gabriel and his co-designer will get to work on designing your project!
  • You will be presented with a concept plan and given the chance to request changes
  • After a round of revisions, you will be presented with your final plan, ready to be estimated and installed


The nitty gritty of landscape transformation

  • Prep work and site clean-up
  • Hardscape/masonry/stonework
  • Soil-vitalizing amendments 
  • Drip irrigation systems and valve work
  • Planting, mulching and beautification


Structural elements of your landscape created by wood, stone and other materials

  • Permeable pavers, stone patios, pathways, and stairs
  • Retaining walls: recycled materials, stone, earthbag and interlocking block
  • Water features, fountains, and seasonal creek beds
  • Fencing, firepits, and wooden arbors

Custom Structures + Accessories

Enhance your landscape with creative structural pieces

  • Pergolas and arbors
  • Built-in benches
  • Ecclectic pottery
  • Soothing water features
  • Elegant sculptures


Water Conservation / Irrigation

Sustainable use of our most valuable resource

  • Rainwater harvesting and storage
  • Greywater capture and distribution
  • Low flow drip irrigation systems and water saving sprinkler nozzles
  • Smart irrigation controllers and moisture sensors to optimize your watering schedule

Plant Sourcing

One of our specialties! Contact us if you’re looking for something hard to find!

  • Mediterranean and California Native plants
  • All things edible: Organic veggie starts, fruiting plants for orchards, and food forests
  • Succulents and Proteas for coastal gardens
  • Specimen trees and rare plants for collectors
  • We propagate many of our own succulents (great for firescaping!)


Jennifer, San Luis Obispo, California
"What an absolute treat to watch Gabriel and crew transform an otherwise plain raised bed into a beautiful Zen Garden. Gabriel is a master plants-man, a very creative landscape designer and a gentle soul. He and his crew moved quietly through the garden doing their magic, transplanting, laying new irrigation and general clean-up leaving the garden immaculate. I have become a Gardens by Gabriel groupie, always thrilled when I discover another of his gardens about town! I would highly recommend this wonderful group of pros - Gardens by Gabriel!"