South Coast Botanic Garden

Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Client: South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation


Created a 25-year Vision Plan for the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden, which is owned by the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation and Parks and operated by the South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation. South Coast Botanic Garden is one of the world’s first botanical gardens developed over a sanitary landfill and is a stellar example of land reclamation and sustainability.

Firm Accomplishments

  • Acted as prime and led and oversaw a Design Team that included Oasis Design Group; Environmental Resources Management; and Virginia Hayes, an expert on California horticulture;
  • Worked with the Garden, the Design Team, and various stakeholder groups to provide a framework for future facility expansion; program development; and other garden improvements including ways to enhance educational opportunities, improve the visitor experience, increase sustainability in horticultural practices and plant collections, and address ongoing land reclamation issues;
  • Facilitated interactive participatory work sessions with key stakeholders including the general public from the Los Angeles and Palos Verdes area; and
  • Recommended the development of new gardens such as a Children’s Garden; Japanese Garden; Home Demonstration and Volunteer Flower Garden; California Natives Garden; and expansion of the succulent, Mediterranean Garden; collections that include a nationally unique Banyan Forest; and a 7,200 sq. ft. expansion of its education building and a new 9,700 sq. ft. building that is proposed to house a Welcome Center, Café, Gift Shop, and flexible space for rentals and programming.