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Here at Cal Wild Landscape Design we are passionate about creating drought tolerant and California native gardens that are innovative and contemporary in style. We envision gardens that balance place, identity and lifestyles. From visions for an expansive rural site or a detailed design for a compact home site, we strive to connect people to their space through listening, observing and discovering. We thoughtfully work with what is available to us on your site, trying to improve upon rather than manipulate. Every project is different but all connect us with the environment. …..what does “garden” mean to you? About the designer: My name is Sophie and I have spent my life falling in love with the CA landscape. I am fortunate to now share my passion with the world through designing your gardens and landscapes. I earned a degree in Landscape Architecture studying at UC’s on the coast and in the Central Valley.


Sophie the owner of Cal Wild Landscape Design is helping us design our dream backyard. She is also working with our pool contractor to make sure this entire process goes smoothly. Very easy to communicate with and has some wonderful and unique ideas to make our backyard a "magical" place to relax and entertain. I cannot wait to post my final review and pictures when our project is completed. The project is done and the pictures I am showing do not give it justice but Sophie is amazing and a true artist and professional!!!Read More

Sophie and Cal Wild are fantastic! Cal Wild created a landscape design plan for my home and completed Phase 1 of the plan by re-imagining our backyard. Sophie is so easy to work with. She goes above and beyond in every way. My wife and I recommend Cal Wild without reservation.Read More

Sophie was wonderful to work with. We spoke with a couple of designers but chose to work with Sophie due to her professionalism, creativity, and flexibility in helping us develop our garden concept. She came out to our house 3 different times to discuss and draw out our design. When we hired landscapers, she offered to come out again to tweak/modify the design based on our landscaping contract. The garden is nearly done and we feel much gratitude to Sophie for her great assistance! I’d hire her all over again!Read More

Sophie was great to work with as our landscape design architect. From the start, we felt confidence in her expertise, her desire to listen to our ideas, and her ability to pull everything together into an exciting comprehensive design that exceeded our expectations. She always delivered on her commitments and went out of her way to accommodate short delivery times on some updates. We highly recommend her landscape design services.Read More

Sophie was recommended by another Landscape Designer who said my job was too big and a bit of a challenge. Sophie was easy to work with and very flexible, she listened to our ideas and helped to recommend the right plants for our area. She was always on time to our scheduled appointments. I found her pricing to be very reasonable and would recommend her to anyone needing a Landscape Designer.Read More

Sophie at Cal Wild Landscape Design was super easy to work with. As we requested, she designed a fun space for our backyard. Her work included specifying plants for our yard that are both visually pleasing and friendly to our climate. She was prompt and professional, and her design fees were very reasonable. Now we are just waiting for the contractor to bring our plan to life.Read More

We are absolutely thrilled with our updated landscaping and have received many compliments from our neighbors. Sophie helped us update our front yard by removing the excessive amount of grass and replacing it with beautiful grasses and plants that require less water. Sophie has continued to support us as the seasons have changed and has been very responsive to all questions and concerns. We would hire her again in a heartbeat and highly recommend her services.Read More

Sophie did an excellent job for us in drawing up a landscape design for a side yard project. She duplicated precisely what we needed. The landscape company liked the way she had placed the plants and the type of plants selected for our deer-proof garden.Read More

I highly recommend Cal Wild Landscape Design!! Sophie was a joy to work with. She is incredibly detailed, thoughtful, and was able to find solutions for our large property while being conscious of our budget. She was prompt in delivering our completed design, and was able to work closely with our landscapers throughout the process. We are more than happy with our design and recommend her to family and friends often!Read More

Sophie has worked with us for so long and so patiently to get our entire yard and pool area designed. Her advice and knowledge has been invaluable. Our home is now up for sale and the comments on the yard design has been all positive! I would recommend Sophie to anyone and everyone for landscape design!Read More

We wanted to quickly replace a very large sloped area of grass and weeds at the front of our house with drought tolerant mostly California native plants. We had a great meeting with Sophie at our home and she got back to us about a week later with an excellent design plan. The textures, colors and groupings of plants she chose were just perfect. She was quick to get back to me with answers to my questions, helped us purchase some of our plants (they can be hard to find in January) and suggested some great local and specialty nurseries.Read More

Our experience with Sophie was a wonderful one. She was professional, always on time, well prepared and easy to talk to. She responded to my ideas and concerns and brought lots of great suggestions for me to consider in developing our landscape plan. She was everything I thought a landscape designer should be.Read More

I hired this company to help us redesign our front and back for more efficient water use. They scheduled an appointment quickly and arrived promptly. When we asked for some changes in the plan, they were very responsive.Read More

Since we have no landscaping experience and we know how important curb appeal is, we had Sophie come over and look at our place, we were interested in going low maintenance and low water. She worked with us and made several revisions to make our "vision" a reality. She met me at the nursery and showed me different plants that would work in our design. She also listened to what kind of plants I did not want. She worked closely with the landscaper to ensure that the project, plants and overall project was completed to our satisfaction. Sophie accommodating, creative, professional and the design is an asset to our home.Read More

Sophie designed plans for a water tolerant front yard for our home. Sophie was very knowledgeable about water-tolerant plants and State and City expectations, but more than that, she asked questions about what we liked, both in design and color, what we were looking for and what we envisioned our yard to look like. She listened when I said, we wanted low maintenance ( we are not gardeners by any stretch of the imagination), a distinct design in keeping with our decorating style and lots of color. She took the time to look at our whole yard, our style of home and our use of color. She made notes and when we got the designs, within a week, they were what we had envisioned. She was always pleasant and answered every question we had promptly, offering up alternatives to some plants originally recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and look forward to working with her again.Read More

We replaced approximately 2000 sq ft of lawn in our front yard to minimize water use due to the drought. Having only general ideas of what we wanted, Sophie did an excellent job of not only choosing plants that would blend in with the exiting landscape but also adding features such as boulders, pathways and a bench to make it unique. Besides her plants suggestions she also listened to our likes and dislikes. One of the things we really appreciated was her willingness to meet us at a nursery to look at all the plants being considered. When it came time to plant the plants she was there to make sure all were placed in their proper area and did not just leave it up to the workers. Great attention to detail.Read More

A friend strongly recommended that we get a Landscape plan before starting our project. We took his advice and hired Sophie at Cal Wild Landscape Design. She is very knowledgeable, professional and creative. In our experience it was money well spent and we highly recommend Sophie at Cal Wild Landscape Design.Read More

Sophie drew up a drought tolerant landscape plan for us; she has been available for questions, meetings at our home, a visit to the nursery, and has redrawn our plan to better accommodate us. We are very happy with her personable professionalism.Read More

Sophie at Cal Wild Landscape designed a beautiful front yard for us. We replace about 3,000 sq.ft. of lawn with a water wise drought tolerant design. Sophie expertly interpreted our thoughts and desires with a fantastic design. She was easy to work with, making subtle changes to her original design that evolved during the process. When the nursery was unable to obtain some of the plants we desired, Sophie was able to make great substitutions that we were perfect for our yard. I would highly recommend Sophie and will use her again if we decide to redo our backyard.Read More

Sophie designed an attractive and interesting front yard makeover with drought tolerant plants. She was easy to work with and satisfied the concerns of a reluctant, lawn-lover homeowner. We get lots of compliments on the visual appeal of Sophie's design.Read More

Sophie Sears is incredibly knowledgeable about plants, particularly drought-tolerant and California natives. She worked with me on creating a design plan for my home in the Oakland hills. Her sense of color and texture was masterful. She is creative, responsive, and a joy to work with. She created a plan that I could have never come up with myself. I would hire her again in a heartbeat!Read More

I hired Sophie to help me design my front and back yard landscaping for my new home. When we started, all that was there was 2,200 sq feet of grass/weeds and dirt and a few plants not worth saving. This is my fourth home and I know my way around a nursery so I really appreciated that Sophie listened when I said "no roses"!! I had a list of plants in mind and she not only incorporated those into the plan but she also introduced me to some new plants that would also work. Her design was fantastic and she was very easy to work with. I appreciate all she did for me.Read More

Sophie was very professional, timely and pleasant to work with. She has a great eye for landscape design and I would highly recommend her services. What my husband and I pictured in our heads was created masterfully on paper. Thanks Soohie!!Read More

She is experienced with an excellent educational background. She took our "bare" lot with our "drought" issues here in California and turned it into something quite pleasing to the eye and very functional. We are working on the backyard now and it is coming along very nicely. Her knowledge of "all" types of plants and trees is really quite impressive. Organizing and designing the backyard gardens and orchard that will optimize the harvest. Very exciting! Also, her educational background has allow her to handle the permitting process from beginning to completion.Read More

Sophie was great to work with, very professional, thorough and prompt. We would gladly work with her again and highly recommend her.Read More

Sophie has an excellent eye and knows how to make a yard look not only beautiful but pulled together. When I came to her for a design for our backyard to go with our new pool, I had a lot of ideas. Probably too many. In fact, I'm sure it was too many. Hey, I know what I want. Sophie listened to me and incorporated my ideas into the final design so that it feels like it was my idea--only better. I don't know anything about plants or what will grow where, but that didn't matter because I had Sophie right there. Every plant type, ground cover and even placement of future hardscape features was well thought out. The yard is now inviting and the whole family enjoys spending time there. It's also a really nice backdrop out our kitchen window for days when we only get to look at it instead of hanging out there! Maybe that's the highest compliment a designer can get--when it's all done, it is more than what I expected. Actually, the best news is that our front yard needs attention and I don't have to think twice about who I am calling! Doug L.Read More