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Nicole Woodling Douglas is a Santa Cruz-based landscape designer with an ecological, whole-systems approach to her craft.  With master’s degrees in environmental science and conservation biology plus a background in art and design, Nicole enjoys nothing more than creating beautiful and sustainable outdoor spaces that connect people to nature.

Our services are best-suited for projects that involve a full landscape transformation.  We are not best-suited if you need piecemeal design or if you already have a very specific idea of what you want.  In these cases, we recommend calling a local landscape contractor to install your vision.


Nicole is a consummate professional. Last year she helped us design and implement a major backyard landscape project. We were so pleased with the results that we contracted her again this year to landscape the front yard. Before, during and after both projects she was available to answer whatever questions come up. Our home feels transformed into a sanctuary of beauty. Trust her knowledge of plants as she's an expert; Nicole has the long view. You'd be lucky to collaborate with Nicole and her team and have her transform your space.Read More

We hired Nicole to help us renovate our dated landscaping surrounding our pool and patio area. She not only consulted on plants, but had a great eye for the hard finishes and was able to help tie everything together seamlessly. We had a specific look we were after and she listened to our ideas and guided us to a plan that looks fantastic and works well in our yard. She's very knowledgeable about plants and knew just what would grow in our conditions. From consultation to design to execution, Nicole was responsive, professional and overall we really enjoyed working with her. The end result of our project is exactly how we pictured it. Friends, family and neighbors have all commented about how impressed they are with the layout and plant selection.Read More

We are very happy with Nicole. This was a total re-landscape of our 1960's era property. Her design included hardscape, plantings, irrigation, electrical and more. Nicole was very involved with the project from start to finish. We recommend her without reservation. If we ever do another project in the area we would certainly hire Nicole.Read More

Working with Nicole has been my favorite part of my outdoor remod. She's the perfect mix of creative and pragmatic. Plus, I appreciate her focus on sustainability and water converservation, which she bakes in without sacrificing beauty. Staring at my back 40, which was flat dirt would have been overwhleming and daunting without her vision and "no challenge is too big" attitude.Read More

We are very happy with our front yard which was recently completed by Douglas Landscape Design. My wife and I called Nicole (of Douglas Landscape Design) with a general outline of what we wanted to do with our front yard, and she was able to take our ideas and transform them into a beautiful completed yard. She has an extensive knowledge and love of plants, and this came through clearly in her work. She recommended plants that worked well for our aesthetic preferences, for our child (who puts everything in his mouth) and have low water requirements. This included kurapia, a low water alternative to grass. She helped us envision tree-trimming, fences, and a patio. She then connected us with an excellent contractor and worked closely with them to ensure the project turned out as planned. She was quick to respond to our questions and continues to consult us ensure that our plants thrive. The project turned out much better than my wife or I expected, on time and within the budget. We enjoy our yard almost daily, as compared to never using it before. I recommend her highly!Read More


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Best of Houzz 2019 - Client Satisfaction
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  • Custom Bocce Ball Courts
  • Custom Fire Pits
  • Custom Water Features
  • Deck Design
  • Dog Run Construction
  • Drafting
  • Drought Tolerant Landscaping
  • Edible Gardens
  • Garden Design
  • Gazebo Design & Construction
  • Hardscaping
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Plans
  • Living Walls
  • Organic Gardens
  • Outdoor Lighting Design
  • Patio Design
  • Pool Landscaping
  • Project Management
  • Site Planning


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