About myself

Home Landscape Design —  Honoring Plants, Place and Spirit

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It’s my mission to faithfully translate, with respect and fondness for my client’s dreams, their needs and visions into an inviting, harmonious outdoor living space.

I carefully guide my clients to express themselves in a unique garden environment that is sustainable and comfortable.

With a passion for plants, I design colorful drought resistant landscapes with unfussy, exceptional plants that thrive in the California environment and that make the landscape come to life.

When plants are accorded proper attention and space, they create an emotionally resonant landscape.  After all, a garden is meant to engage beauty and to nurture a person’s deep accord with the natural world.  A landscape without plants isn’t a garden at all.


  • Gardens of the Year Award 2013, San Diego Home Garden Lifestyles Magazine.
  • California certificates in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture from Cuyamaca College, El Cajon/CA.
  • Hands-on training at several local nurseries and with licensed, award-winning landscape contractors.
  • 15 years of landscape design. View My Portfolio
  • I bring a unique cultural sensitivity to the art of landscape design that is impressed by the experience of living and gardening in France/Loire Valley, Germany/Cologne area, and southern Southern California/San Diego).


  • Landscape consultant at the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon/CA where I help visitors develop and fine-tune their own landscape design ideas.
  • I also give presentations and workshops on landscape-   and design-related topics to groups all around San Diego.

Professional Memberships:

APLD Association of Professional Landscape Designers

CLCA California Landscape Contractors Association

CNPS California Native Plant Society

NAPWL National Association of Professional Women in Landscape

Phone me, and if I’m with a client please leave a message so I can get back to you quickly.


[P] 760-586-6065

[E] ch@cholmquistgardens.com  

Christiane Holmquist Landscape Design