"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth, find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."

Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

Jackie Scheidlinger – Landscape Designer

From the Ground Up  is a residential landscape design company based in Westlake Village, CA.  Our service area includes the greater Los Angeles area,  including the San Fernando Valley and the Conejo Valley.

About Jackie:  I studied horticulture and landscape design at Pierce College and California State University at Northridge.  I am a certified Master Gardener through the UC Extension LA County Common Ground Garden Program,  and a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.  I was awarded First Place (2008) and Outstanding Achievement (2009) by the San Fernando Valley chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association,  in Custom Residential Landscape Design.

I have always loved plants and gardens since I can remember.  My mother grew vegetables in the backyard and my dad nurtured a huge collection of indoor tropical plants.  I derive a sense of well-being and inner peace from digging in the dirt and being close to nature.  I enjoy learning about the endlessly fascinating plant world,  and sharing that knowledge with others.

Why Hire a Landscape Designer?

There are many reasons to consider hiring a landscape design professional.  Maybe you hope to improve the market value of your home by increasing its “curb appeal”.  Maybe you’re tired of looking out your window at a drab backyard that no longer meets your needs.  Or you might be concerned about water shortages and are thinking of transitioning to a more sustainable,  eco-friendly garden.  Many clients are surprised to discover how easy it is to have a beautiful,  functional landscape that requires less water and less maintenance.

My goal is to create an aesthetic,  practical,  long-lasting design that will evolve gradually over time.  A well-designed garden should complement the architecture of your house,  and provide a tranquil refuge from the busy world.  Ideally,  it should also incorporate principles of sustainability and give something back to the environment in the form of healthier soil, and a habitat for birds and butterflies!