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Fine Garden and Landscape Design


David Clarke Design is an award-winning San Diego-based landscape design studio helping clients realize attractive, functional, and climate-appropriate garden spaces for relaxed and enjoyable outdoor living.

As water is precious here in Southern California, we strive to help clients create less-thirsty landscapes that emphasize sustainability and water-wise attributes. We are firm believers in the Watershed Approach to landscape design and encourage our clients to learn more about this important concept. We strongly support the use of CA native species and these are emphasized where appropriate in a residential garden design. 

Our services include residential landscape design, rainwater harvesting guidance, water rebate program assistance, fire-wise landscape design, and other professional landscape design services. If you desire a unique and comprehensive landscape design for your residence, please contact us today for more information. Thank you!


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Design Process

Program Phase

We establish the design program for your project beginning with an on-site interview and, when retained, the completion of a comprehensive client questionnaire covering plants, hardscape elements, and important landscape design goals. In addition, your local built environment, site microclimates, HOAs, usability and functional needs, as well as other key aspects are carefully evaluated to help ensure a successful design. 

Design Phase

Depending on your project's complexity, we prepare up to three sequential preliminary designs that best reflect your ideas and goals for new garden spaces. An idea booklet is prepared showing design elements. All desired changes and modifications are included in the final plan. Clients are always welcome to add their input and new ideas during the design phase. Communication during the design process is a hallmark of David Clarke Design!

Installation Phase

With the completed design in hand, you can begin to research landscape contractors and other skilled professionals to bring your design to life. We assist our clients during this step. Having a professionally designed plan makes it much easier to compare contractor's bids and helps ensure everyone is on the same page. We will consult with you and your contractor as necessary prior to and once construction begins, and site visits during construction and installation are included in our fees.


Garden spaces that resonate typically feel relaxing, anchoring, and private.
They have a sense of place. David Clarke Design works closely with our clients to help
create this elusive and vital element for a garden.


David Clarke Design is a full-functioned process-oriented landscape design studio and office. We are CAD-based (Land F/X) and can also provide 3D modeling for more complex projects to help clients envision their new garden spaces.  

Principle designer David Clarke, APLD is a native Southern Californian and has been inspired by the climate, terrain, and lifestyles of this unique region since childhood. David Clarke Design was founded to offer clients thoughtful and comprehensive landscape design services that reflect this appreciation and understanding of our Mediterranean climate and our ever increasing need to conserve water. 

David's professional qualifications include:

Certified Professional Member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers
(CA Chapter – San Diego District Immediate Past-President) 

Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL – an EPA Watersense-labeled program)

G3-certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (an EPA Watersense-labeled program)

He stays current with landscape design trends and issues and is required to obtain industry CEUs on a yearly basis to maintain certification. Member California Native Plant Society.


Mediterranean gardens are dry gardens, with long hot summers and short rainy winters.
David Clarke Design embraces this environmental reality in all our projects to help clients save water in our unique climate.

From Our Clients...

  • "David did a fantastic landscape design for my now beautiful front yard! He listened carefully as I told him what I generally wanted, then made it happen with his computerized plans – all to scale and with detailed specifications for the plantings and the hardscape. I am most pleased with his work."

    George D.
    San Diego
  • "David Clarke makes landscaping an art form. David transformed my boring, unfinished yard into a delightful, magical retreat for our family and friends. The plant choices attract hummingbirds and butterflies and we spend hours outside enjoying the tranquility. I am so proud of my backyard and David made the entire process fun and affordable."

    Virginia M.
    San Diego
  • We hired David to design a water-wise landscape garden. From our first meeting to the finished project, he has been excellent to work with. During our first meeting, he asked for our concerns, time commitment to our garden and what we hoped to achieve. Keeping those important things in mind, he has designed the most beautiful, serene, water saving garden for our home. He has been very professional and informative. I would highly recommend him to anyone without any reservations."

    Neelima C.
    Chula Vista


Regardless of project size, David Clarke Design empasizes habitat creation and restoration to encourage pollinators and wildlife to return and help rebuild the wild community.

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Using the form below, please contact David Clarke Design today to set up an on-site professional evaluation for your project. We will listen carefully to your ideas and discuss with you design options, installation budgets, and any related aspects to help you better understand the design and installation process and how it may best align with your goals. We welcome questions and will offer advice on next steps and how to move forward with your project.

Thank you for contacting David Clarke Design! We will follow up with you at our earliest convenience.

We look forward to assisting you on your project!

Mobile: (619) 787-0686
Hours: M/F 8a–5p; Sat. by appt. only; Sundays closed