Our team of horticultural professionals perform regular, detailed maintenance services to insure our designs are thriving. Too often, we see beautiful new gardens installed and then quickly fall into disrepair due to inconsistent or lack of proper maintenance. With our skilled team on board, we can guarantee your new landscape will flourish.
Meet our founder: Mathew McGrath
With a background in fine arts, Berkeley based artist Mathew McGrath's path to garden design and horticulture came via a keen interest in nature and abstract art. As a volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical gardens, he discovered the diverse range of plant material available to Bay area gardeners. After several fruitful apprenticeships with area garden designers, Mr. McGrath struck out on his own as Farallon Gardens in 2003. "I like to consider myself an artist working with plants. Designing and cultivating living works of art, always in motion yet standing still like kinetic living paintings." Mathew has traveled extensively to far corners of the globe to witness and study plants in habitat as well as cultivated landscapes. Mr. McGrath continues to create abstract art in the form of found object assemblage and collage. His work can be seen here.
Daniel joined our team in 2016 with a background in carpentry and construction. Mr. Balaba is an expert irrigation technician, builder and garden horticulturalist. Daniel currently handles all of our regular maintenance visits and assists in new garden builds, plant installations and irrigation system design and set up. A native Oakland resident who can be found fishing in the Sacramento delta when not working in our gardens.