Design & Installation

Whether you are starting from scratch or inheriting existing landscaping you’d like to change, it is my experience that planning is critical. Although we do create our own designs, we will happily work other designers and landscape architects to create just what you need. We follow permaculture models of landscaping and gardening, have a vast knowledge of xeriscape plants, and have a great deal of fun in the process.

Let us come and see how we can help you!


Whether your property is low or high maintenance, a trashed yard you’ve inherited from a sale, a little bit of an English Garden in the north corner of your house, or controlling erosion and crumbling walls, we can help you take care of it. Trees and perennials have their own life cycles, and sometimes it’s time to replace or renovate an area. We are prepared to help you make choices that will be sustainable in the years to come. Please be aware that booking for the upcoming season begins in November of the previous year and we sometimes have a waiting list.


Since water is a precious resource, we create all of our designs with that in mind. Our irrigation systems are created to make use of every drop with as little evaporation as possible. We can help you with everything from catchment and irrigation systems that use berms, swales, and underground wicks to passively capture runoff. We work closely with other irrigation professionals in Santa Fe to make sure you are well taken care of.

Always be sure to follow the City of Santa Fe’s watering restrictions. We are one of the country’s leaders in water conservation!

Landscape Planning

When planning for the future of your landscaping, there’s a lot to consider:  microclimates on your site, erosion control, climate change, and how much maintenance you want to do.  For all of these we can offer solutions.  We also use the Perelandra system of working with your land to create balance and equanimity. For more information, see Perelandra Gardening.

  • I’m still amazed by the incredible, glorious transformation of my once-troubled back yard! It is stunningly beautiful now. You really listened to my ideas and suggested additional, excellent ones. What you created is far beyond what I was hoping for and you made it happen within my budget.  Next: the front yard! Many thanks for your professionalism, kindness, creativity and magic.

    Comment from Luisa
  • Linda is very professional, punctual, and cheerful.  We have recommended her to our neighbors and they agree with us on her excellent service.

    Sylvia and Chuck Wheeler, Rancho Viejo
  • Linda really listens when we talk about what goals are important to me. She has even helped my husband and me reconcile and negotiate our gardening goals (visually and functionally). She has employed her excellent sense of design and aesthetic to help me make the garden I had in mind when I originally bought my property and started dreaming. I heartily recommend Terra Gardens to all my friends.

    Lyn Martel, Santa Fe
  • Terra Gardens has been our landscaper for 11 years.  They have provided the following services for us: installing and maintaining our drip system, xeriscaping and other creative water savings, planting annuals including vegetables, installing hoops to extend the growing season, maintaining our greenhouse, working with problem/sick trees and plants, helping us find the right plants and flowers for the right locations, finding natural/organic ways to maintain the garden, and the list goes on. We entrust all of the gardening to them while we are away from home for any length of time. Above all we appreciate the love, tenderness and care Terra Gardens brings to our home. We trust them implicitly and can’t recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Terra Gardens!

    Brad Laughlin and Leslie Temple-Thurston, Santa Fe
  • Terra Gardens has transformed my garden into a space I can be in and enjoy!  My trees are trimmed and I feel confident they are healthy.  We have enriched the soil, added irrigation and mulch, and garden beds that extend my vegetable growing season through the winter.  Thanks to Terra Gardens I can now enjoy my garden and feel able to keep up with its ongoing needs. Terra Gardens is magical.

    Linda Young, Santa Fe
  • Terra Gardens is knowledgeable, reliable, dependable, and reasonable. Linda’s team worked with my ideas and wishes, explaining why some were good and others not. Last spring we moved some plants, put in some new plants, and everything is thriving. My dogs love to dig in the courtyard and TG did some remedial and preventative work which has helped save my plants, new and old. I have religiously followed the winter watering recommendations and my gardens have never looked so good. I am very glad to have an association with Terra Gardens and their team. I highly recommend them and their work.

    Karen Novotny Tischer, Rancho Viejo
  • As a commercial property owner, it is such a relief to have one less thing to keep track of.  I know Terra Gardens Santa Fe will maintain our grounds properly, with an eye toward sustainable beauty and at a very fair price.

    Lance Armer, Santa Fe Mortgage
  • I decided to call on the help of Terra Gardens when faced with moving from a rental property to our first purchased home. I had bought a lot of plants over the years to transform the bland garden of the rental and couldn’t bear the thought of leaving there but digging them all up while also moving an entire house was an overwhelming thought. The Terra Gardens team was there the next day in full force and left me with a wonderful lined up nursery of potted plants! I was also given very clear instructions as to how to care for my plants until we could get them back into the soil. Terra Gardens’ efficient and professional help was worth every penny and I will be sure to call on them again in the future. Highly recommended!

    Franziska, Santa Fe

Linda Holland
Head Gardner, CEO, “La Jefa”

I’m from Wisconsin, originally, so I grew up with lawns, hydrangeas, and other water loving plants. Fortunately, Wisconsin had water. I moved to Santa Fe in 1998 and knew water would be a landscaping issue. I took courses on everything I could then I installed an irrigation system, planted some xeric plants, and started trying to grow in New Mexico soil. Every class I took inspired me to experiment and I began to discover techniques that really worked here. Now I’m attending the Santa Fe Master Gardener class and feel fortunate for the opportunity to learn and work with such talented people.

I love helping people create a landscape that nurtures them and suits their particular needs. I also love to coach clients through some of the gardening and landscaping challenges we face here. I have been gardening professionally in Santa Fe since 2002, and have slowly been growing into a full-service landscaping company.

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