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L WATSON DESIGN CO

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We design + build places that juxtapose urban life with native ecology.  

From soulful North Park bungalows that echo with the stories of friends, family and community to the historic estates in Mission Hills, our designs are as rich and complex as the people who live there.

Our clients are urban homeowners and small business owners with a passion for design, art, humanity, and science.  

Services:
Landscape Design (Formal CAD Design Process, Design Workshops, and Consulting Services

Landscape Design + Build
Our in house team of seven employees is comprised of men and women, skilled in fine gardening, masonry, and fine carpentry.  Most work is done in house by my employees.  

Design Contracting
Have a design from another designer or are you a designer looking to build out a design for a client?  Our easy going attitude and flexible work style standout in our field.  

Fine Gardening
Landscape Sculpting,
Landscape Clean Ups, Erosion Control Services, Native Plant Care, Perennial Garden Care, Seasonal Vegetable Garden Planting, Annual Holiday/Color Planting, Container Plantings






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Our Journey

I moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University and study music.  Instead I fell in love with a city.  I got on a Greyhound bus in August 2005 in Atlanta and 24 hours later when I got off in Miami, the city was under water.  I listened as everyone at home listed the reasons not to rebuild New Orleans.

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I found my purpose in the days following Katrina to design and build in the spirit of real places.  Places that tell real stories of people and families in new and meaningful ways.  I strive to encourage a new way of building in our cities that tells the most interesting story we can about the people we are building for.

Our imagination comes to life when we live and work in places that mean something to us.  The lines and light of a space influence our feelings; they can serve as a daily reminder that we are building something longer than a lifetime, that, with environmental design we can build sustainable cities, inclusive communities, and spaces that spark creativity and innovation.  

University of Colorado at Boulder, BA Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design

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California Master Naturalist

Class of 2014 San Diego Master Gardener

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EST. 2013

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OUR CLIENTS

OUR CLIENTS ARE COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL, + INSTITUTIONAL.

FROM LARGE SCALE COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PROJECTS TO PLACE ATTACHMENT WORK WITH AT-RISK YOUTH, WE TAKE ON THE CHALLENGING AND UNCOVENTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DESIGN WORLD.

WE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE UNKOWN + HAVE FOUND THAT SOMETIMES WRITING A NEW ROADMAP IS THE ONLY WAY.  CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR MOST UNCOVENTIONAL WORK HERE.

RESIDENTIAL WORK

Our residential work is concentrated in Point Loma, Mission Hills, the neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park and Banker's Hill.  I encourage clients to plant native while honoring the home, the neighborhood, and the street.  Our swales and dry creek beds mimic nature, we find solutions for erosion that work with our soils.

CHECK OUT OUR RESIDENTIAL PORTFOLIO

COMMERCIAL WORK

The majority of our commercial clients are local business owners.  From our work redefining the interior of the OB Noodle House to taking on the design of the Patio Restaurant Groups living walls several years back, we help incorporate plantings in the most challenging situations.  From Living Walls to Metal Planters, we find solutions that add warmth and comfort to public spaces. 

INSTITUTIONAL WORK

Our most notable work is with the Juvenile Justice System in San Diego.  I have lead girls from juvenile hall through a design and build of a place attachment garden located at the San Diego Continuing Office of Education.  Through a 6 month long process, I lead workshops for Master Gardener's, youth, school faculty and probation that sought to connect us all through the garden and to learn from eachother.  I lead the garden program for the boys out at Camp Barrett, educating the boys on California Native Plants and Wildlife. 

We have worked extensively with the Mission Beach Town Council and Belmont Park to introduce Native Plants and a new boardwalk park for the land behind Centennial Rock.  

 

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