Garden Design Department

Please note that we have both on-site and virtual appointments available for Marin and SF.  For the East Bay we have virtual appointments only until further notice.   

Garden Design Consultation Form

To schedule an appointment, Download and fill out our consultation form, then email it to our Design Department:


Sloat garden designFrom San Francisco’s small jewel box gardens to Marin’s larger Oak groves and terraced hillsides, we’ve created custom design solutions for various bay Area clients since 1995. Whether your garden is a place to entertain, work, play, or just relax and take in the view, we can help with a one-hour consultation and follow up with a design as needed.

  • We can help brainstorm and problem solve ideas and solutions that work with existing plant material.
  • We develop simple, success-oriented planting plans for gardens, decks, and terraces, as well as indoor plant consultations.
  • We develop a diagram and a complete plant estimate including soil requirements and care information.
  • Our planting plans can be easily followed by every level of gardener.


Fees and perks:  Sloat Garden Center offers virtual (Facetime or Zoom) garden design consultations with our team of landscape designers. We charge $150/hr with a minimum charge of $150.  For using the service, you receive 10% off all your purchases for a year following the consultation date. 

We begin with a one-hour consultation. In a one-hour appointment, we can focus on solutions for specific areas of your garden such as:

  • Plant identification and recommendations for care.
  • Problem-solving for targeted areas.
  • Pest and disease identification and suggestions for treatment.
  • General plant recommendations.
  • Simple conceptual ideas for garden possibilities.
  • The consultation begins when we arrive at your garden.
Following this meeting, our designers will give an estimate of time to complete a scaled drawing and plant list. This allows us the flexibility to fulfill the needs of your garden.

ExpertiseOur consultants are all garden professionals with years of experience designing and working with plants that are appropriate for our varied Bay Area dry summer & wet winter micro-climates. *Please Note: we are not landscape architects. 

Scheduling:  To schedule an appointment, please fill out this form and email to us at:

Additional questions, Design Dept: 415-388-3754 




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