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Water In The Landscape

Water Feature & Pond Systems


Aquatic Life Systems Survey/Analysis

Water Quality Reviews for Plants and Invertebrates

Fountain Mechanical/System Design

Water Feature Design & Restoration

Systems Controls/Monitoring

Rainwater Catchment Systems


Aquatic Plantings and Water Gardens

Construction Supervision

Project Management

Prototype Development

Custom Fabrications

Stone Placement

Fountain Mechanical Plumbing

Waterproofing Systems Review/Detailing


Fish Health Management

Fire Protection Water Storage Systems

Aquatic Weed Control

Chemical Automation

Aeration Systems

Native & Ornamental Fish Collections

Aquatic Plant Collections

Waterfowl Management

Staff Training

O & M Documentation

Featured Project

Bishop Ranch Lakes

Renovation of corporate headquarters campus landscape and water features.

Client: Bishop Ranch a Sunset Development Project

Landscape Architect: Tom Leader Studio

Our Work

Completed Projects


Years of Experience

Our Clients Include:


The unique mix of our water feature work has taken us to over a thousand private homes and estates projects. Working with project owners, architects, landscape architects and builders, we have enjoyed our participation in the development and delivery of a diverse collection of private and public projects. Many of the projects have been highlighted in publications, television programs, design/construction and preservation awards programs.


Following is a partial list of public and commercial design/build and consulting assignments.

San Francisco Peninsula

Bay Meadows Town Square Fountain, San Mateo

Japanese Tea Garden, Central Park, San Mateo

Columbarium, San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

de Young Museum, San Francisco

Life Care Retirement Center, San Francisco

North Beach Leathers Headquarters, San Francisco

Poplar Creek Golf Course, San Mateo

Presidio HSH Adaptive Reuse, San Francisco

SF Botanical Garden, San Francisco

Telegraph Landing, San Francisco

THP Studios, San Francisco

East Bay

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, Berkeley

Bishop Ranch Lakes, San Ramon

Buchanan Field Golf Course, Concord

California First Bank, Oakland

Carmen Ave. Housing, AHA, Livermore

Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill

East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley

Eastridge HOA Entry, Fairfield

Eden Essei Terrace Garden, Hayward

Frank Mar Housing, Oakland

Fremont Cultural Arts Center, Fremont

Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland

Industrial Oasis Garden, Berkeley

Kojin-an Zendo Temple Garden, Oakland

Latham Memorial Fountain, Oakland

George Mark Children’s House, San Leandro

Mills College, Oakland

International Bird Rescue & Research Center, Berkeley

MLK Jr. Plaza, Oakland

Montego Heights Lodge, Walnut Creek

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland

Oakland Zoo, Oakland

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Livermore

Pan Ocean Aquarium, Hayward

Sensory Garden, Oakland

TRAX Gallery, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Mining Circle Pool, Berkeley

UC Berkeley, SS Chern Bosque, MSRI

UpTown Oakland

Central & Southern California

Alan Hancock College, Santa Maria

Bataquitos Lagoon Regional Park MP, San Diego

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey

Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Watsonville

Dry Creek Park, Modesto

Freeman House, Pasadena

Icon Tower Courtyard, San Diego

Robles del Rio Lodge, Carmel Valley

New San Bernadino Courthouse

North Bay

Auberge du Soleil, Sculpture Gallery Garden, Rutherford

Bardessono Inn & Spa, Yountville

Bodega Marine Lab, Bodega

California Center for Wildlife, San Rafael

Chalkhill Winery, Windsor

Domain Chandon, Yountville

Eastridge HOA, Fairfield

Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah

McAllister Water Gardens, Yountville

Nappaland Winery, Pope Valley

Mt Zion Ranch, Nicasio

Burdell Garden @ Olompali State Historical Park, Novato

Olompali State Historical Park, Novato

Pahlmeyer Estate, Napa

Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero

Reeds Leap, Napa

Rio Lago Ranch, Healdsburg

Round Pond Estate, Rutherford

Sebastiani Winery, Sonoma

Tiburon Library, Tiburon

Trefethen Vineyard, Napa

South Bay

Block Two Roof Garden, San Jose

California Ave. Transit Hub, Palo Alto

Coyote Creek Regional Park, San Jose

Eight Hundred High St., Palo Alto

FB East Campus/ The Grove, Menlo Park

Filoli Visitors Center, Woodside

Foothill College, Los Altos Hills

John A. & Cynthia Fry Bldg, Stanford

Laguna Creek Ranch, Santa Cruz

Lodge at CordeValle , San Martin

Morgan Hill Community Center, Morgan Hill

Project Renaissance, Atherton

Rotary Children’s Park, San Jose

Seven Springs Ranch, Cupertino

Summerton HOA, San Jose

Vicinity Corporation, Sunnyvale

Viet Heritage Park, San Jose

Water Efficient Demonstration Garden, San Jose

Other Areas

Aspen Institute Doerr-Hosier Center, Aspen, CO

Bank of Bejing Science & Technology Campus, Bejing, PRC

BFS Yuentan Center Moon Garden, Bejing, PRC

Burj Dubai Water Garden, Dubai, UAE

Goldsun CBD Water Garden, Hangzhou, PRC

Hyatt Regency Roissy-CGD, Paris, France

Hotel Kempinski Airport, Munich, Germany

King Abdaullah Financial District Mall, Riyadh

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX

Roche AMF, Suzhou, PRC

Toyota Municipal Art Museum, Aichi, Japan

Windy Hill Farm, Grafton, VT

Project Locations

Aspen, CO

Dallas, TX

Eastland, TX

Grafton, VT

Paris, FR

Munich, GR

Toyota City, Japan

Riyadh, SA

Dubai, EA

Beijing, China

Hanghou, China

Alameda, CA

Alamo, CA

Albany, CA

Alhambra Valley, CA


Atherton, CA

Berkeley, CA

Belvedere, CA

Benicia, CA

Blackhawk, CA

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Castro Valley, CA

Cazadero, CA

Concord, CA

Cotati, CA

Danville, CA

Davis, CA

El Cerrito, CA

El Granada, CA

El Sobrante, CA

Escondido, CA

Fairfield, CA

Foster City, CA

Fremont, CA

Glen Ellen, CA

Half Moon Bay, CA

Hayward, CA

Hercules, CA

Healdsburg, CA

Hillsborough, CA

Inverness, CA

Kensington, CA

Kentfield, CA

Kenwood, CA

Lafayette, CA

Larkspur, CA

Livermore, CA

Los Altos, CA

Los Altos Hills, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Lucas Valley, CA

Mendocino, CA

Menlo Park, CA

Mill Valley, CA

Millbrae, CA

Milpitas, CA

Modesto, CA

Monte Sereno, CA

Monterey, CA

Moraga, CA

Morgan Hill, CA

Napa, CA

Newark, CA

Nicasio, CA

Novato, CA

Oakland, CA

Oakville, CA

Palo Alto, CA

Pacifica, CA

Pasadena, CA

Penngrove, CA

Petaluma, CA

Piedmont, CA

Pinole, CA

Pittsburg, CA

Pleasant Hill, CA

Pleasanton, CA

Portola Valley, CA

Redding, CA

Redwood City, CA

Richmond, CA

Rossmoor, CA

Rutherford, CA

San Anselmo, CA

San Bernardino, CA

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Jose, CA

San Leandro, CA

San Mateo, CA

San Rafael, CA

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Maria, CA

Santa Monica, CA

Santa Rosa, CA

Saratoga, CA

Sausalito, CA

Sonoma, CA

Saint Helena, CA

Sunnyvale, CA

Tiburon, CA

Topanga, CA

Union City, CA

Ukiah, CA

Vacaville, CA

Vallejo, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Yountville, CA

Angwin, CA

Atascadero, CA

Green Valley, CA

Malibu, CA


Olompali SP, CA

Orinda, CA

Pope Valley, CA

Redwood Shores, CA

San Ramon, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Sebastopol, CA

Stanford, CA

Woodside, CA

Camp Hill Borough Park, PA

Batiquitos Lagoon (San Diego Co), CA

Beardbrook Park (Modesto), CA

Coyote Creek Parkway (San Jose), CA

Diablo Valley College

Foothill College

Golden Gate Park, CA

Lakeside Park (Oakland), CA

Mills College, CA
Oakland Zoo

Ohlone College

Poplar Creek Golf Course (San Mateo)

Stanford University

Tilden Regional Park

UC Berkeley

UC Botanical Garden

Lehigh Gorge State Park, PA

Oil Creek State Park, PA

Ratna Ling Retreat Center (Sonoma County)

 As seen in:

Publications & Articles

California Water Gardens & Koi Ponds, Oakland Museum,

1984-89, Technical Consultant/Editor


Garden Pools, Fountains & Waterfalls, Sunset Books, 1989,

Technical Consultant/Editorial Review


Water Gardens, Sunset Books, 1997,

Technical Consultant/Editorial Review


Best of Fine Gardening, Garden Rooms, Taunton Press, 1996,

A Marriage of Garden Styles, Bill Gorgas, [Oakland] pg. 64-67


Breaking Ground, P. Dickey, Artisan, 1997,

Ron Lutsko, [Greene] pgs. 134, 137


Designed Landscape Forum, 1996, Spacemaker Press, 1998,

Ron Lutsko, [LEEF] pgs. 23; Ron Herman, [Ellison] pgs. 41, 143


The Campus Guide: University of California, Berkeley, H. Helfand, Princeton Architectural Press, 2002, Mining Circle Pool, cover, pgs 106-107 [PGA Design].


Pocket Gardens, J. G. Truelove, Morrow/HBI, 2000,

Ron Herman [Ellison ] pgs. 60-67


The California Landscape Garden, M. Francis & A. Reimann, UC Press, 1999, Ron Lutsko,[ Adler] pg. 54; [Greene] pg. 104


The New American Garden, J.G. Truelove, Editor Whitney Library,

1998, Ron Herman [Ellison] pgs. 88-93; Ron Lutsko,[ Greene]

pgs. 128-131


Interiorscapes, Gardens Within Buildings, P. Cooper, Mitchell Beazley, Publisher, 2003, Ellison

[R. Herman], pgs. 30-33


The Gardens of Ron Herman, Bradford McGee, Grayson Publishing, 2012,

A MultiUse Garden; Pebble Beach Garden; A Sculpted Garden; Garden Rooms; Order Within Nature; Island Retreat; Cottage on Michelangelo Park. Cover,


The New Garden Paradise, Great Private Gardens of the World, D. Brown, W.W. Norton, 2005,

Ellison Project [R. Herman], pgs. 434-441


The Landscape Lighting Book, J. L. Moyer, J. Wiley, 2005

Mill Valley Project [R. Murase], cover, color plates 2 & 3.


Water Garden Idea Book, Lee Anne White, Taunton Home, 2008,

Featured Garden [PWW], pgs. 11,13,45,80, 81,113,120,142,165


New Garden Design, Inspiring Private Paradises, Z. Sardar, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2008,

LEF Foundation [R. Lutsko], pgs. 72-77


Zen Architecture, The Building Process as Practice, P. Discoe, A. Quinn, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2008,

Woodside Project [R. Herman], pgs. 144-193


California Home & Design Magazine, Feature Articles/Covers,

March, 2001, Vol. 7, #3, Through the Garden Gate [Los Gatos] pg. 86.

August, 2001, Vol. 7, #8, California Living [Woodside] pg. 72.

May 2002, Vol. 8, #5, All Nature Seems @ Work, [Ross] pg. 120


Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine, Featured Article,

Fall 2002, Vol. 8, #4, Olle Lundberg, [Ellison] pg. 47


Landscape Architecture, Residential Awards Program: April, 1995, Vol. 85, #4, Greene Garden, [St. Helena] pg. 84; Scott Residence, [Los Altos Hills] pg. 91-93


___________________, May 2000, Vol. 90, #5, Ron Herman, [Ellison], pg. 2,74,80,81


Northern California Home & Garden Magazine, Feature Articles/Cover,

July, 1989, Fluid Design [SF] pg. 59-61.

July 1992, Splendor in the Glass, [Napa] pg 67-68


Pacific Horticulture, An Ecologist’s Garden, J. Adler, pgs. 43-48

______________, Harland Hand: Artist as Designer, Spring, 1999, Vol. 60 #1, pg. 34-36


Process: Architecture, 118, Peter Walker William Johnson and Partners, Art & Nature, [Toyota] pg. 110, [Fremont] pg. 120,

[Munich] pg. 127



Garden Walks, Alice Joyce, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/27/05, “House & garden growing up together”

Conference & Seminar Programs

California Water Gardens & Koi Ponds, The Oakland Museum, Natural Sciences Dept., Program Coordinator/Editor/Speaker,

5/84, 5/87, 5/89


Water Gardens & Fish Pond Systems, Program Speaker


Pennsylvania Nurserymen & Affiliated Industries Conference,

University Park, 2/88


California Landscape Contractors Assoc.,

CLCA Chapter Programs, 10/88, 9/93, 4/00


Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association,

Grand Rapids EXPO, 1/94


San Francisco Landscape Garden Show,

4/87, 4/88, 4/90, 4/92, 4/94, 4/97


Santa Clara Valley Koi & Water Garden Club,

9/94, 5/99


Associated Koi Clubs of America, Annual Meeting,

San Jose, 6/95


Water in the Garden: Program Speaker

The SF Botanical Garden, 2/95

Technical Workshops, 3/95, 8/96


In Search of the Ecological Home Garden, Design Workshop Participant, SF Botanical Garden/UC Davis – Slosson Project, 4/93

[The California Landscape Garden, 1999]


Gardens as an Art Form/Water Feature Notes

UC Berkeley Extension, SF, Guest Instructor, 10/98, 6/07


Association of Landscape Design Professionals,

Palo Alto/Lafayette/Oakland, Guest Speaker, 9/99, 1/13, 4/13


Alternative Materials & Techniques for Pond Systems, AKCA 1995 Conference, Featured Speaker, 6/95


Water in the Garden, Grow It! A Gardeners Guide, HGTV,

Program #104, Featured Garden, 7/97


The Poet and the Fish, Emiko Omori, Documentary Film maker,

Featured Garden, 12/97


Rabbit in the Moon, Emiko Omori, Documentary Film maker,

KQED/POV, 6/99; Emmy Award, 9/00

Garden Tours: Featured Gardens

Fire & Water Tour of East Bay Gardens,

SF Botanical Garden, 4/95


Color & Water, PRO ARTS Open Studios,

6/95; 6/96; 6/97, 6/99, 6/01, 6/05, 6/08


East & North Bay Gardens Tours,

SF Botanical Garden, 7/96, 10/97, 10/00, 10/01


Secret Gardens of the East Bay, Park Day School,

4/93, 4/97, 4/98, 4/99, 4/00, 4/01, 4/02, 4/03, 4/07


Associated Koi Clubs of America, Annual Meeting Pond Tour, 6/02


East Bay Fall Gardens Tour, Bay Area Plant Society, 9/03

Pacific Horticulture Foundation, 10/06

Hillside Garden Tour, 4/09

Garden Conservancy Open Gardens, 4/04, 7/05, 7/12, 5/14

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