"If you are looking for a creative, dedicated and hardworking professional then Nicole is your best bet. Her enthusiasm and expertise will make for an incredible project that you will love and enjoy for many years to come. Her extensive knowledge of plants coupled with her artistic eye is the perfect combination for landscape art. Top that off with an ecologically sustainable approach backed by science, education and experience."

-Jessica Schattenburg, Aptos

Nicole W. Douglas

Nicole Woodling Douglas is a Santa Cruz-based landscape designer with an ecological, whole-systems approach to the landscape. With master's degrees in environmental science and conservation biology plus a background in art and design, Nicole combines her expertise to create exquisite and functional landscapes. She specializes in high-impact, low-water Mediterranean and California native plants and onsite rainwater capture. 

Nicole gives regular lectures and workshops throughout the county on sustainable landscape design and plant selection.  She is an instructor with Cabrillo College Extension and works with non-profit Ecology Action and local water districts to educate clients on water conservation in the landscape. Nicole is a certified rater for the Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Program.

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"We recently finished our first project with Nicole - a grey water system (laundry to landscape).  Not only are we extremely happy with the way the project turned out but we were also very grateful to benefit from Nicole's extensive horticultural know-how. Even though we were using Nicole as a grey water consultant she generously shared a wealth of recommendations with us about plant selection.  We are excited to reach back out to Nicole when we begin the next phase of our garden design - landscaping."

- Mark Ball, Santa Cruz

"We recently moved to a new home with a very small yard and I wanted it to be anything but "run of the mill" or too much work to keep up.  Nicole was recommended to us, and I am truly in love with her design.  It is simple yet elegant, filled with the colors I wanted, plants for the hummingbirds, and we have received many, many compliments from our neighbors.  Nicole was a pleasure to work with. She listened to what I wanted and made suggestions that I would have skipped over. Thanks to her design the upkeep is a simple task and all of our plants are water wise. Our garden is everything we wanted....and a whole lot more!"
-Jill Perry, Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz

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Landscape Design in Santa Cruz County


  • Imaginative design
  • Creation of beautiful and functional outdoor spaces
  • Expert horticultural consulting
  • Lawn replacements/ alternatives
  • California native and Mediterranean plants
  • Water-wise irrigation
  • LID + onsite stormwater management
  • Soil enrichment
  • Avoidance of chemical input
  • Year-round color
  • Low-maintenance designs
  • Butterfly and pollinator gardens
  • Habitat gardens
  • Organic methods
  • Grey water systems design
  • Conservation of money and resources