Landscape Design


Contractors License # 1073010

Landscape Design

Sustainable Landscaping

The main goals of sustainable landscape design are to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and decrease runoff. In order to achieve these goals, residential gardens should treat water as a resource, value soil, preserve native plants and create habitat for native birds, pollinators and beneficials.

Native Pollinators

Native Pollinators

Pollinator gardening is much more than just a collection of plants. It’s a community of plants, birds, pollinators, and other wildlife (including those in the soil, water, and air) that work together to form a cohesive, balanced system. Pollinators are essential because they allow plants to reproduce.

Waterwise Gardening

Waterwise Gardening

By using plants that are well adapted, mulches that suppress weeds and conserve water, and drip irrigation to make the most use of water, these landscapes can have color and fragrance with only monthly or seasonal maintenance. All of my projects adopt this method of waterwise gardening.

Our Services


The practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient, and productive landscape systems in a sustainable way.


Hardscaping complements the natural environment and assisting in its preservation, we offer permeable, flagstone, and natural stone pavers.

Edible Gardens

Growing fresh, affordable food, in ever-changing seasonal surroundings, plus providing a home and sustenance for bees, butterflies, and birds.

Habitat Planting

The four basic needs of your wildlife visitors are food, water, cover, and nesting. Our designs attract and support native wildlife with this in mind.


We offer organic lawn, tree and shrub care, biodegradable fertilizers, and hand weeding so no herbicides will ever be used in our gardens.


Dryscape gardening produces greenspaces that require low amounts of maintenance and irrigation and can tolerate prolonged drought and long dry summers.

About Me

John Scott

When John was in college in Santa Barbara he worked at a native plant nursery. That’s when his love for plants and designing started. John then apprenticed under leading permaculture designer Erik Ohlsen in Sebastopol for 3 years. After working with many sustainable landscapers, he founded Whole System Designs with former business partner Derek Downey. Today John is managing his own business of John Scott Landscape Design.

My mission is to create landscapes that engage people, perform functionally and aesthetically, and support native wildlife like birds and pollinators in Davis, CA and greater Yolo County.

Client Testimonials

Highly recommend! John was patient and informative throughout, from the planning stages to the final product. Our new landscape and flagstone patio looks even better than we imagined.

Josh Banton

Landscape Design

John did a beautiful job on our backyard. He was fast, professional, and had great ideas on how to best utilize our space. His knowledge of natives is extensive and his stone work is beautiful

Andrew Stafford

Habitat Planting

What was once a sad patch of water loving grass is now a hillside full of fruit trees, berries, vegetables, and native pollinator plants. It makes such a differnce to our lovely home.

Ethan Walker

Edible Gardens

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