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In Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda & Walnut Creek, we’re creating

Gardens of Eden

From design to installation to maintenance, our passion is a landscape that is not only beautiful in every season, but one that attends to the opportunities and challenges of Northern California. Indeed, few places present such opportunities for diverse plantings, hardscapes, and water features. At the same time, the modern landscape must address our changing climate, water usage, and the many creatures that share our habitat. Trust us first to listen and then develop an environment that is a lasting and rewarding addition to your home.

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Design. Build. Maintain.

The only corners we cut are the ones we design.

Our core values are the same we set out with 30+ years ago, and everyone on our team lives them every day. We are unfailingly honest, collaborative, courteous and attentive to every detail – from inception until long after the project is ‘complete’. Our design team works onsite with our installation professionals. We return regularly to ensure that the landscape is responding and performing as planned – irrigation systems, drainage, plantings are guaranteed for a full year. And if adjustments are to be made, you’ll find our crews at the ready to hone the finished product. The result – significant professional award recognition and a legion of happy clients.

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Regardless of a project’s scale, the best outcomes begin with thoughtful design.

From an agreed plan, we fashion and install all elements of a project – walls, pavers and hardscapes, plantings, irrigation, even custom metalwork.

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In Contra Costa County

Quality begins and ends with integration.

We begin with our in-house design team, and carry projects through to completion with a long-tenured and highly experienced team. We perform all hardscapes, metal work, irrigation and drainage components completely in-house – saving our clients on out-sourced costs, and the vagaries of inconsistent quality. Final projects can include fully automated I-phone display and control.

Why Work With Us?

Our team of designers are ReScape Certified Landscape Designers. Our construction crews and maintenance crews are exceptional and have completed comprehensive training programs to help them work with nature to reduce waste, conserve valuable resources, and prevent pollution. We strive to nurture landscapes that are healthy and beautiful! Our goals are uniformly to achieve a high quality, well-thought-out design that you will enjoy for years to come.

Here are some of our accomplishments:

  • Award-winning designs – designed for your tastes and level of investment
  • 35+ years of education and local experience
  • High quality work and attention to detail
  • 1 year guarantee on plants and hardscapes
  • ReScape certified designers and maintenance foremen. This means lower maintenance, less or no toxins, lower water use and working with nature instead of fighting it.
  • 97% customer satisfaction rate
  • Our designers check in during and after the installation process to ensure that you are happy at every step.
  • Colorful landscapes that support pollinators and attract wildlife, such as birds and butterflies.
  • Cutting-edge plant choices
  • Old fashioned customer service.
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A garden suggests there might be
a place to meet nature halfway.

- MICHAEL POLLAN

Meet our team
dedicated towards
reimagining your space

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Owner, Founder

Calvin Craig

The company owner was educated at Cal Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo CA in Horticulture. He has since taken continuing education through Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill CA and the University of California Extension to keep up on the latest in plants, irrigation, lighting, water features, and sustainable landscaping.

The company owner was educated at Cal Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo CA in Horticulture. He has since taken continuing education through Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill CA and the University of California Extension to keep up on the latest in plants, irrigation, lighting, water features, and sustainable landscaping.
His experience includes working for noted contractors on design and installation of high-end residential estate gardens in the Bay Area. He also worked for a landscape contractor specializing in underground construction and drainage, water systems, and retaining walls. He has always been passionate about nature and wanted to be a ranger from when he was a young boy.
Calvin is a member and the past President of CLCA California Landscape Contractors Association, a member of the California Horticultural Society and the California Native Plant Society. In addition, he holds a Sustainable Landscape Certification from Sonoma State University and Bay-Friendly Design Certification. As a youth, he was involved in Boy Scouts, 4-H and volunteered at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. He is also interested in vintage cars, trains and more things that he has time for while running his own business.
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Lead Designer

Marlene Deel

With a passion for the world of plants, an eye for composition, and an analytical nature that brings unparalleled beauty and sophistication to her designs, Marlene, blends an art history sensibility with sustainable materials and drought tolerant, low maintenance plants suitable for our climate.

holds a degree from UC Berkeley Extensions in Landscape Architecture and Art History. She has a passion for the world of plants, an eye for composition, and an analytical nature that brings unparalleled beauty and sophistication to her designs by blending an art history sensibility with sustainable materials and utilizing drought tolerant, low maintenance plants suitable for our climate. She has been designing gardens since 2003. She is also an arborist, aesthetic pruner, and a competition bodybuilder that can help you find ways to move and work in the garden to ensure your safety and establish more fitness. As an avid beekeeper, plant choices support pollinators like bees, birds, and butterflies, which bring vibrant beauty and magic to the garden. I welcome the opportunity to create a garden sanctuary with you.

Calvin and his crew updated our 1960's landscape giving the house a fresh new look. The yard is the perfect combination of hardscape and plants. It looks lush while being water efficient and easier to maintain. They're great to work with - on time, on budget and deliver a lasting product. Thank you, Calvin & Co.

Vicki Kooi

Marlene was absolutely wonderful to work with on the landscape design for our backyard! She was communicative, professional, patient and knowledgeable. We don't have a huge yard, but she helped us with ideas to help maximize the space and kept the design natural, just like we wanted. And she was great about incorporating some changes and making suggestions to help us along the way. I can't wait to see our new yard once the work is done.

Lauren

Calvin and his team completed a massive, 1,000 planting restoration of our property in 2019. A complex project including all new irrigation, removal of lawns, installation of a large DG area with corten steel infinity edge reflecting pool and a series of hand-set granite retaining walls. Since completion the team has continued with maintenance, including restoring the productivity of a small vineyard. Photos of the project are included on the Calvin Craig Landscape Website.

Paul Schweibinz

We are very happy with the design and execution of new landscaping. People love our yard and so do we.

Karen Beck

Calvin Craig landscape has been a real pleasure to work with on the installation of our garden. They came in and immediately came up with solutions to save us money as the home owner. If anyone is considering doing a project with Calvin and his team we give him the highest grade for quality work at a fair price which is not easy to find in the Bay Area.

David Flaherty

I used Calvin Craig Landscaping to redo my front and back yards. From the designs and planning thru construction, Calvin, Marlene, Jonathan and team did an amazing job and delivered on everything they said they would. Outstanding communication, provided great suggestions and excellent execution. They far exceeded expectations.

Beth Thompson

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Servicing Central
Contra Costa County

Our ‘backyard’ is the glorious hills and valleys of Contra Costa. And this note deserves special attention, for the our plans and execution carefully considers the complexities each individual site – sun and wind patterns, drainage, adjacent shade and animal habitats – all of which make for highly specific and tailored outcomes. When we meet you’ll quickly understand how thorough and detailed each component of design can be, and its effect on long term maintenance.

Lafayette
Pleasant Hill
Martinez
Orinda
Alamo
Moraga
Danville
Concord
Walnut Creek

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Not all backyards
are created equal