Mathew McGrath in Berkeley, CA on Houzz
Mathew McGrath in Berkeley, CA on Houzz
Mathew McGrath in Berkeley, CA on Houzz

"Mathew is a true artist. He did a wonderful job transforming my unattended backyard into a landscape deserving of display in Sunset Magazine. Alain H." Palo Alto, CA


Tina B.

Berkeley, CA

"Mathew replanted our (somewhat foreboding) steep front slope with a beautiful array of drought tolerant succulents and wildflowers. He also repaired and replaced parts of our irrigation system so that we're now on a 100% drip system, which is significantly more efficient and eco-friendly. He also did a lovely job of redesigning our greenway to look both welcoming and elegant.

Mathew and his team continue to do a fabulous and thorough job of maintaining our entire garden. One of the traits we were looking for in a landscaper was someone who would really care about the property and offer suggestions and opinions when they noticed something (aka not just a mow & blow). Mathew strikes the perfect balance between providing basic maintenance with an eye on our budget while also taking an interest in the overall look and health of the garden.

We get a lot of compliments on our slope from passersby and we look forward to working with Mathew on other, large projects in the future."

Linda T.

Berkeley, CA

"Mat designed and installed both our front yard and a large section of our back yard--both are great. Of course, everyone wants a drought- tolerant garden-- that's fairly easy. But, prior to using Mat, we walked the neighborhood and noticed that many gardens looked like a hodge-podge of plants or they evolved into an "interesting" mixture of plants, weeds, and wood chips. Instead, we wanted a garden with symmetry, style and focus- thank you Mat. Mat was knowledgeable, affordable, he met his deadlines, and when he needed to change something- there was NO change order- he kept to his estimate. Also, he was generous with advise about everything botanical-- even those parts of the yard that he didn't design. Thank you Mat."

Joe D.
San Francisco, CA

"We're writing to share the amazing experience we've had with Farallon Gardens! We hired Mathew approximately one year ago to do a couple landscaping projects for our home in the Berkeley Hills. The projects involved replacing several areas of old, overgrown plants with grasses and succulents to give those areas a clean, fresh appearance.
When we engaged Mathew for these projects, he came up with an excellent vision and a cohesive plan for re-designing our landscape. As he shared his vision with us, he was also careful to listen to our ideas and aesthetics and fold them into the overall plan.
We live on a quiet street in the hills where many people bike or walk. We are always receiving compliments about our yard from people walking by when we happen to be outside enjoying our yard.
We have several more projects planned for other parts of our property and are looking forward to having Mathew redesign those areas.
If you are looking for an outstanding, artistic landscape design, we most enthusiastically recommend Mathew and Farallon Gardens for your project!"

Alain H.
Palo Alto, CA

"Mathew is a true artist. He did a wonderful job transforming my unattended backyard into a landscape deserving of display in Sunset Magazine. I was very impressed with his combination of a superb aesthetic and a vast knowledge of plants, shrubs and hard scape. Since our first meeting, Mathew has taken on the project as his own and has continued to work at transforming our small garden into a paradise of color and shape with areas for dining and entertaining as well as other areas for reading, working and quiet thought. In addition, he is very sensitive not only to his clients ideas but also on their pocketbook. He has translated my thoughts into a real experience. I could not be happier this Mathew and his terrific work!"

Michele B.
Alameda, CA

"Love my Alameda garden. Mathew has great knowledge of plants, a vision about your space... AND he listens to you. His easy going but responsible personality makes working with him a low stress event. Did a great job on my drought resistant garden - plants and trees. Two+ years in, things are looking good. Does a fine job on maintenance as well."

Chantal G.

Berkeley, CA

"Mathew is a master landscape designer. He transformed what was a boring patch of grass in front of our house into a beautiful lush mound with palms and succulents that use a fraction of the water. When we recently had half the landscaping dug up by contractors putting in an EV charging station at the curb, he promptly came over and put the drip system and the plantings back in a very artistic way. Many of my neighbors stop to admire the landscaping as they walk by as it is so unique! I highly recommend Mathew and Farallon Gardens!"

Howard P..
Oakland, CA

"After researching a few landscapers, I had Mat come by and give me a consult. Not only is he amazingly knowledgeable, super friendly and punctual, he also gave me the most competitive bid! He is honest and gives practical advice when you need it, which has not been the case with other landscapers I've worked with. I am so excited with what Mat has done with my front yard. He uses the color of plants like a painter and really understands complementary color theory. He is the east bay's best kept secret, but not for long!! THANK YOU MAT!!"