My career in Landscape Design and Landscape Architecture began almost 10 years ago, as a student attending the California Polytechnic University at Pomona. I was dissatisfied as a computer information systems major and happened to come across the Landscape Architecture program. I've always had an interest in both gardens and design, and I still recall taking a History of Landscape Architecture class the quarter before I actually began the landscape architectural program. I was enthralled. As time progressed I made my way through the program, and in the spring of 2002 I began a job as a landscape designer at a firm in Pasadena which specialized in high end and customs residential, and retail/commercial landscape architecture. In 2003 I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Landscape Architecture.

In the six years that would follow I found myself acting as both a landscape designer and project manager working on a wide variety of projects including: single family homes, multi-million dollar custom homes, housing developments, multi-family living, retail, commercial, institutional, industrial, and environmental rehabilitation projects. Not only was I involved in planning, but in the entire process. From the initial client meeting, to the site analysis, as well as the conceptual design phase, developing the construction documents and cost estimates, processing submittals to and from the city, reviewing contractor bidding, and finally through observing the landscape construction.


Since the beginning of my career California's man-made landscape continued to change, with low-water use and drought-tolerant plant materials coming to the forefront. Along with this change came adapting to designing with drip and low-volume irrigation, weather based irrigation controllers, and hydro-zone based planning. California began to see a reduction in lawn sizes, in some cases as mandated by water conservation or municipal ordinances, or by people's desire to bring sustainable and beautiful plant materials to their yards and parkways.

I am ready and eager to offer you all my creativity and technical knowledge in order to transform your landscape into something that compliments your home, suits your lifestyle, and gives back to the environment.
If you are interested in discussing the possibilities for your landscape or garden please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.


Daniel Abratte




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