Above & Beyond Our Expectations
Thanks again for your patience working with us. You went above and beyond our expectations in terms of ‘customer service,’ and the design itself is beautiful!
— Kathryn L., South Pasadena, CA
We Are So Happy!
The lady in the front unit, came by to walk with me today and exclaim over the beauty of what you have created. The contrast of the textures, the beautiful purple, the flowers….I was so afraid that she would be unhappy but you have given her great joy. We are just ecstatic! What textural and palette beauty – you are the greatest! Your crew has been so faithful and hardworking. Thank you for everything.
— Suzanne P., Glendale, CA
Love Looking at Karen's Results
Karen was highly recommended to us by our neighbors who were impressed by her professionalism, on time performance and satisfaction with the results. Our wants were to improve our curb appeal, drainage and water usage. Karen developed plans with us through an iterative process based on design alternatives which were costed out, resulting in a final plan and budget. We relied on her good judgment to finalize our decisions.
Results: Work was done on time and within budget. The workers were polite, skilled, and unobtrusive and lead by a very competent foreman. They cleaned up thoroughly at the end of each day. Karen came by many times to inspect and oversee results and to seek our input regarding any interesting plant choices and their placement in our yard. Now that the job is done, Karen comes by to inspect the plants and revise the watering schedule. We really love our new garden and the neighbors say our curb appeal is great!! We highly recommend her.
— Michael Q., Pasadena, CA
Excellent Job on a Big Project
Karen, Omar and their team did a great job on our landscaping project. We continue to get compliments from friends, neighbors, and passersby who have stopped to ask for Karen’s contact information! Our project was fairly large in scale and involved the following elements:
- new driveway (pavers)
- new irrigation, lighting and planting in front and backyards
- used brick entry steps, path and porch in the front yard
- used brick patio with wood pergola in backyard
- new kitchen entrance with landing, extended overhang and stairs to backyard
- new electric driveway gate
- wood trashcan enclosure
The project took about 3 months and actually finished slightly ahead of schedule.
Our situation was a bit unusual because, before meeting Karen, we had already developed a preliminary design plan with another garden designer who moved out of state before we could start the project. Since both my husband and I work full time, we knew we needed a project manager to coordinate all the different vendors and elements of the project. Karen helped us refine the design plan and she identified vendors for the specialized parts of the project (e.g., new electric driveway gate, new gas line for BBQ).
Karen provided detailed budgets and schedules which we really appreciated given the scope of our project. When we had changes, she sent us change orders to track the modifications to the budget and timeline.
In addition to her skill in managing the overall project, Karen is a very talented designer. She has relationships with nurseries that carry unique plants and she introduced us to a lot of new plant varieties that have quickly become our favorites. We are very visual people, so Karen brought over sample rocks and bricks and worked with us to map out path layouts before they were set in stone. Karen also provided us with catalogs and websites to review lighting fixtures, gate hardware, etc.
Karen and Omar are straight shooters who are easy to work with. Perhaps most important for anyone who has worked with contractors in the past, THEY SHOW UP ON TIME AND RETURN CALLS!! You can tell that Karen and Omar genuinely like what they do and want to do a good job. During our 3 month project, there were only a handful of times when we had miscommunications or something was not done quite as we had envisioned (which is expected given the length and scope of our project). In each instance, Karen was quick to respond to our concerns and she worked with us to reach the best solution.
Most importantly, we are very pleased with how Karen and Omar transformed our home. We enjoy our new outdoor living spaces and we entertain guests more frequently than we did before the project. We highly recommend Karen and Omar and we’d definitely hire them again.
— Dominique C., Glendale, CA
Wonderful Results With Lots of Attention to Detail
Karen and her team did a wonderful job converting our ugly hillside to an incredible terraced garden. She paid attention to the light and created beautiful pockets for sun and shade plants.
Everyone was patient and listened to our needs and wants. After they finished the hillside garden with its paths, lush greenery, flowers galore and points of interest they transformed our patio to a true escape haven.
We were very happy with the efforts and results. We have and will continue to recommend them to our friends. Our real estate agent said the transformation was incredible and would add great value and pleasure to our home.
— M. Stevens, Sherman Oaks, CA
Amazing Talent & Artistry
Karen has been working on our garden for 2 years now- we keep calling her back to add new features. She redesigned our yard, added lighting features, stone walls and paths, and turned it into a magical, sacred space. She inspired our children to become more interested in working in the garden and always included them in her work here.
Karen is an absolute pleasure to work with- she is creative, accommodating, reliable and always met our expectations. Karen comes with our highest recommendation!!!
— Ronit M., Mandeville Canyon, CA
Truly Exceptional Landscape
I enjoy working in my yard but when I lost 3 pine trees to the bark beetle, I knew I needed help. Without the trees, my yard went from a lovely shady area around the pool to a hot blazing inferno in the summer. What remained were very old and somewhat neglected plants that didn’t look bad with the pine trees but now needed some serious rethinking. Plus, the trees' roots had pushed on some low brick walls that needed to be repaired and I needed a new lawn.
I contacted Karen Miller because of the positive reviews she had online. And it’s true, she really did transform an old, broken down yard into a truly beautiful spot. I had interviewed other landscapers but they only saw their vision and didn’t really hear what I wanted. Karen was the exception. She listened and worked with me to make my yard spectacular. She understood my budget and worked with me so there were no surprises.
I have had several people over to my home and they always comment on how gorgeous and peaceful they feel in my yard. Because of her background as a photographer, her grasp of plant colors and outdoor lighting is exceptional. At night, when I gaze at my illuminated yard, I am rewarded over and over again at how lovely it looks. I’m afraid if my husband and I had done the lighting without Karen, we probably would have made it look like an airport runway!
Finally, because I like to do the upkeep myself, she took the time to teach me how to take care of the new plants, a critical step to keeping your yard looking great!
Give her a call if you want the yard you always dreamed of. She does make wishes come true.
— Karen V., Tujunga, CA