DIG Book Signing and Lecture

Thank you Cara and Will at DIG for hosting the book signing and lecture.

For all of those in the Santa Cruz area make sure to stop by the DIG garden store and nursery for a great selection of plants, garden art, and unique decorating accessories.


Sunset Plugs our Book on Fresh Dirt

After purchasing a copy of our new book Senior Garden Writer for Sunset Magazine, Sharon Cohoon promptly posted a blog to inform readers.


Sharon summarizes the intent of Jeffery’s work in just a couple sentences,


“What Sunset writers and editors especially love about Smith’s gardens is that they look so at home amid their surroundings.  Not pretending to be in Martha’s Vineyard or Tuscany or Andalusia.  Instead they celebrate where they are — the glorious West.”


Check out the Post HERE.


We are extremely pleased to announce the release of our first book:

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

A  Collection of  Residential  Landscape  Designs

This book is a photographic presentation of some of our best projects and highlights a portion of the work that we have been fortunate enough to provide to our wonderful clients over the past few years.  We would love for you to come celebrate with us at our official book

release party with a lecture to follow by Jeffrey on Landscape

Regionalism.  We are very proud of the work that we do here at JGS and are excited to share these projects with everyone. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 23 and join us at PORCH in Carpinteria, CA for the event.

Drinks and Small Bites will be provided from 5-7 pm.

We hope to see you there!

1st Place Planting Competition!: Winner Land8Lounge Planting Competition

JGSLA placed first in the Land8Lounge Planting Plan competition. Our Cal Poly intern Matt Romero put together this great presentation for the Smith Residence in Paso Robles.

Our office is buzzing about winning, primarily because we have won the new version of VectorWorks for our office (something we have been putting off purchasing for a while now!)  Secondly, we have $500 worth of plant material we can pick up from Monrovia Nursery. This means Jeffrey Smith’s personal backyard might receive a little love and attention it so desperately deserves!

So thankful to the judges who chose us as the winning entry. Thank you also to all our fans who voted us as their ‘favorite’.

Freshome Interview: Freshome

Want to know a little bit more about Jeffery Gordon Smith? Check out his recent interview with Lavinia from Freshome.

Desire to Inspire

Thank you to Desire to Inspire for giving us such an amazing write up. We aim to inspire with every garden we create and are thankful when other’s love our landscapes as much as we do!

Question the norms.

Do we really need a rectangular concrete driveway leading directly to our garage?

Can we use the front yard as entertaining space?

Does a hot-tub need to look like a hot-tub?

By questioning these very things JGS creates spaces that are inviting, creative, functional, and unique.

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

It takes Out of the Box thinking when it comes to designing a sustainable garden. Think recycled materials, repurposed parts, and drought tolerant plantings.

For inspiration we took a trip up to Heilmann’s Salvage Yard in Atascadero. Metal and plastic gaskets were piled in boxes, differing in size and color. Roll-off bins were filled with varied lengths of cut steel pipes. Sheets of cutout steel were left stacked on the side of the dirt driveway. Disassembled tractors, old cars parts, phone booths, restaurant equipment, washers, dryers…..a never ending sprawl of ‘junk’. There were so many gems. I left wanting my own salvage yard; a treasure chest of inspiration! I will definitely revisit this place in the future.

All purchases at the salvage yard are done by weight, so while some of the larger rusted scrap was art in itself we settled for a few boxes of gaskets, some rough cut steel pipe, 2 large 8’x4’ rusted steel sheets with large cutouts, and a few disks from a disassembled tractor.

The SLO Botanical Garden gave us a 10‘x12’ confined space in which to execute our design. After coming to the realization that all our salvaged material was circular in theme our design was quickly inspired to be ‘Out of the Box’.  A local landscape contractor provided us with 5’ diameter corrugated drainage pipe, left over from a large construction project. We grouped 3 pieces of the drain to form our raised planter beds.

Tom Hessel, Nick Wilkenson and myself took the day off work to get our hands dirty, hauling piles of DG, laying out plant material and the rusted steel pipes.

See our time-lapsed pictures on facebook.

The final product has sedums and native dudleyas snaking through the raised planters. The steel pipes pop up and down through the vegetation like high-rise buildings in an urban cityscape. We used the varying size of gaskets as a ground cover to set off the plant material and tie into the the corrugated black drain pipe.

Final Design from a birds-eye-view

Kara Suzuki (Our Favorite Graphic Artist of We3) and her son Cruz running through the ‘Portal’.


-Nick Wilkenson at Grow Nursery for all our plant material

-Kara Suzuki at We3 Graphic Design Studio for our signage

-Kevin O’Donnel for the corrugated pipe

-Heilmann Salvage in Atascadero for loaning us the steel pipes and gaskets

-Jeffrey Smith for allowing us to break free from the office and our computers for a couple days.

Make sure to stop by and see ‘Out of the Box’ and get inspiration for your own home garden. The demonstration gardens will only be up till the 23 of May!