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Reviews (From Yelp reviews)

I've had the good fortune of working with some of nicest people. It's been an absolute pleasure helping them achieve their landscape dreams. Here's a small sampling of some of their experiences. More can be found at 

Ron R.   Santa Clara, CA

Darryl is the guaranteed right choice for any landscape project , professional, experienced and has the personality to go with all of this. Detailed and ready to make changes as your plans progress . Don't try to do this yourself no matter how many books you have read. When you are spending thousands of dollars do it right the first time.

His landscape team which he recommend was the best and implemented Darryl plans exactly . They have worked with Darryl many years and this relationship made a huge difference. Project started well and most important ended well. Very pleased

Kenneth H. Pacifica CA

We hired Landscape Nirvana to design our front yard, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the results.  We met with quite a few designers, and Darryl really stood out as the one that intuitively "got" what we wanted, which was something distinctive yet understated, and which was as eco-friendly as possible.  


His design creatively blended native (drought-tolerant) plants with disparate hardscape elements (including a miniature sand dune!) to maximize water retention and minimize runoff, and he stayed on-site throughout the job to make sure his design was correctly implemented. It seems like everyone that walks past our house compliments us on our yard, but really they're complimenting Darryl.

Jim B. & Kris O.  Novato CA

Darryl has a real talent and enthusiasm for landscape design. His knowledge is vast and his ability to be innovative and flexible is ever present. He is an excellent listener and very patient in helping you explore what you want. He made the evolution of our design - from a spoken idea to a beautifully rendered plan on paper to a fully executed landscape - a joy to experience and behold.

Besides accomplishing a gorgeous hillside of azaleas, rhododendrons and Japanese maples set amongst huge lava rocks which he personally helped put in place, he executed a meandering, authentic dry creek, a peaceful and natural waterfall/pond, two natural and winding lava rock stairways, and several tranquil spots to sit and enjoy a special feature or nature and beauty at large. His selection of plants ensures perpetual focal points. In other words, he has created for us a personal paradise which dynamically changes with the seasons .

His intuitive values about nature and sustainability were integral to the overall success of the design. We are proud when everyone who visits exclaims how his design is so beautiful yet fitting to the environment.

Jenny C.  Los Altos CA

Darryl was very patient and responsive in designing our backyard. I had LOTS of questions and comments about this plant selections and watering requirements, particularly in light of the drought watering restrictions and he took the time to fully explain and discuss the answers. Unlike other landscape designers I had interviewed, he is not pushy. He really takes the time to listen to what you want, and is very professional yet mellow. It's evident that he cares about his designs and customer satisfaction. The installation of our yard is just about complete and we look forward to seeing everything in full bloom during the spring!

Evie F.   Burlingame CA

When we bought our house we had a sloped back yard covered with ivy. It was a tough space but Daryl developed a number of different options for us including decking, small retaining walls, a rock river (we had a storm drain running down our property), and a comprehensive plan for new plants and trees in both the back and front of our house. He was very patient working with us and with the contractors to make sure we were absolutely delighted in the end. Its obvious that Daryl is very passionate about what he does and it shows in his designs and how he works with clients. He spends the time to understand your goals and doesn't push his own agenda. Thanks to Daryl we now have a little piece of paradise in our own back yard.

Carl B.   Los Altos CA

Darryl had designed our neighbor's yard and we were so impressed by his work that we hired him to tackle a major portion of our back yard. He faced two challenges; creating a drought tolerant landscape and integrating it into the remainder of our yard that has an eclectic planting. He sought out how we would use this area of the back yard and how the garden fits into our lifestyle. We were delighted with his ideas, the plants he chose and his use of color, texture and stone. He is very aware of the environment he is working in and his gift is his ability to make the garden fit perfectly in with our house, the other portions of the yard and with our neighbors' yards as well.


The large new section is really beautiful and the three areas of our back yard now have one continuous flow while preserving their individual characters. The yard, with its new seating areas, encourages us to spend more time out there while requiring much less maintenance. Even though, at this writing, the garden is still brand new, we're already receiving lots of compliments. Darryl is a team player, prompt in responding to our questions and requests, and working with us to include some prized plants from the old garden into the new. He is a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend him.

Bin O.  Mountain View CA

Our landscaping project has finally finished. We hired Darryl as the architect and he worked with a landscaping company to carry out the entire project. He collected our initial requirements and came back with three plans. We quickly decided on one of them and iterated through a couple of times. We have redone the front yard, side yard and backyard (kept the existing swimming pool.) We now have a sustainable front yard with huge rocks with artificial grass that our neighbors told me how great it looked.


The backyard is extended with travertine tiles, added a new BBQ kitchen island, a water feature, a huge shade sail and two feature walls to create an intimate entertaining space. We enjoy the whole backyard and its cozy ambience. We are very happy with the result and would highly recommend Darryl for any landscaping projects.

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