About Larman-Garro
LA# 3595 • LC# 797917

Our small company has been designing and building gardens throughout the Bay Area for over twenty-five years, bringing expertise in design, horticulture and construction to residential gardens as well as public green spaces.

We are devoted to honoring the particular requirements and assets of each unique environment we design. We work with site-appropriate plant material, introduce native plant species whenever possible and design for maximum habitat potential.

It is our goal to integrate the natural world into urban life styles, creating gardens conducive to joyfulness and peace of mind.

Our extensive experience in masonry, construction and landscape structural systems (drainage, irrigation, soils) insures a strong foundation for each garden we develop.

Additionally we have years of active involvement in community planning for the design and stewardship of public parks, medians, schools and natural areas. We have conducted participatory community design workshops and worked with agency staff, non-profit organizations and elected officials to bring about positive changes in our public commons.


Hugo Larman,Landscape Architect

Hugo Larman, Landscape ArchitectA native of England, Hugo studied landscape architecture before moving to the San Francisco bay area in 1985 where he became a licensed landscape architect.

Since then he has designed and built landscapes ranging from pocket-sized urban courtyards to estate gardens. He has developed gardens for historic east bay houses, site plans for new homes in the wine country, as well as gardens of discovery for children.

Hugo unearths the hidden soul of each garden site he designs.

Gillian Garro

Horticultural Native Plant SpecialistGillian Garro works as a landscape designer, contractor, horticulturalist and business manager. An avid home gardener, she has a passion for native plant habitat and edibles. She experiences her garden as a teacher.

As an extension of her love for the natural environment, she founded and nurtured the Friends of Bella Vista Park and the Oakland Parks Coalition, community associations stewarding Oakland’s green environment.

Currently on leave from community activism, Gillian is pursuing her practice of the visual and written arts.

Garden Tours and Exhibits

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