Serving the San Francisco Peninsula, from San Mateo and Burlingame on the north end through Los Gatos
in the south.

As a design/build company, we offer our services to design and then install all aspects of a landscape project. We believe that clients are best served with the involvement of the designer through the course of the project, and we work with our clients to see their projects through the construction.
Garden Sense, Inc. is a licensed California landscape contractor with all of the appropriate licenses and insurance.
The owner, Janet Bell, is also a certified member of APLD, the Assn. of Professional Landscape Designers.


We provide design options that both respond to your needs and spark your imagination. Our early discussions set the tone for our relationship by establishing an honest and open communication process. We take cues from the architecture of your home as well as the surrounding neighborhood. We discuss how you plan to use your outdoor spaces, your family’s needs, how you entertain, the styles and colors you prefer, and how you plan to maintain the landscape, among other factors.

Our drawings and construction details provide the construction roadmap and include all aspects of the landscape, such as: patios, walkways, driveways, decks, outdoor kitchens, fireplace or firepit, landscape lighting, fountains, swimming pools and spas, fences, decks, pavilions, arbors and other features. We work with civil, structural and soils engineers as needed, to provide you with a complete plan for your project.


Integrating the landscape design and construction phases into one source typically results in significant time and cost savings to our clients.

During the design phase, we develop a detailed project budget and make recommendations, including alternative costs of using different materials and design elements. This serves as the basis for your construction project. The most critical contributors to a successful garden are preparation of the soil and irrigation. It is crucial that the existing soil is examined to determine the types of plants that will do well, and how best to amend it. The method of irrigation will depend on the soil and the types of plants that will be used, and we provide irrigation controllers that will help you save water and are easy to use.

Our team is well aware of the challenges of working in the residential environment, and we will be sensitive to your needs as homeowners and residents. We provide project management that will promote communication and ongoing workflow.


We offer landscape maintenance services performed by a trained gardening staff in order to ensure that your investment in your landscape is protected. Our crew continues to receive education in landscape techniques, including irrigation, pruning, plant diseases and pests, etc. We provide a range of services and will tailor a maintenance program based on your needs. Our clients include both those who have been design/construction clients and others who are looking for a maintenance company that can provide fine gardening.