Residential, commercial, and public clients all love working with Owen Dell and Associates. Here are comments from a few of our happy family of clients. 


“Hi Owen and Jeff, we picked up the printed plan this morning and spent time studying it and looking up the plants on the Web. We think the layout and plant selections are marvelous. We’re thrilled. Thank you so much! We couldn’t be happier with the work all of you have done to transform our humble slope into a beautiful, peaceful outdoor living space.”

Lee and Bill

“Owen has worked with us and our architect in a professional, collaborative, and creative way. He is a good listener, and engages us in discussions that are expansive, stimulating, and inspiring. He began by providing us a plant palette and guidelines for narrowing our plant selections that was unique and complete. His preliminary conceptual designs reflected outside-the-box thinking in consideration of our difficult site and our challenging set of goals. He has helped foster a collaborative process in the best sense of the word, not steamrolling or ego-driven, but working with our ideas and those of our architect in an open and fluid process that always seeks what will work best for us and our site. Owen is extremely responsive, reliable, prompt, thorough, and has a deep knowledge of environmental design principles and practice. We’ve enjoyed working with him, and enthusiastically recommend him.”

Dawn D. & Mark M., Corvallis

“Owen Dell and Jeff Ard are exceptional professionals in landscape design. As leader of the Water Action Team for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, I have had the privilege to work with them in the development of the Three Waters Project at the South Co-op. I relied on their advice in plant selection and design criteria. Both Owen and Jeff are knowledgeable in their field, skilled in their work and compassionate in their personal interactions. I confidently recommend Owen and Jeff for any landscape-related contract or job they wish to pursue.”

David E., Corvallis

“Gosh thanks, Owen. You are doing a great job of representing your profession in such a grand manner. Thanks so much for your work here.”

Mike Bush, Director,  San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did on Glenn’s Summerland house. The landscaping was so natural and beautiful. Also, it gave both of us great peace of mind to know you were continuing to maintain the property while we were gone. Thank you so much! We hope to work with you again some day in the future (when we make it back [to Santa Barbara]).”

Deena B, Santa Barbara

“Thanks you for your great design for my front meadow. You fulfilled my requests / dreams beautifully.”

Linda S., Santa Barbara

“It was so good to get to know you. Although you are a great team, you are also great individuals sharing sensitive, kind and caring traits. Nancy is very pleased with the results of your work and I am touched and most appreciative of how you sensed and were attentive to my needs. I can’t remember (except Nancy of course) when I have received such loving consideration. I love my pathways and place in the sun.”

Alan & Nancy P., Santa Barbara

“Thank you for a job well done. You went the extra mile day after day. You were there with the smile and quick joke to help make the work go easier. Now, we have a good idea of what “landscaping” means. We are pleased with the final result and with all of the sensitivity and planning that goes into your line of work.”

Scott and Leah W., Santa Barbara

“For the past eighteen years Owen Dell & Associates has done landscaping for me. I have been pleased with the choices made, the efficiency with which the work was done, and always the end result.”

Milnore H., Santa Barbara

“I can’t imagine doing our landscaping with anyone other than you – you’ve helped us be creative, let us be “hands on” in a wonderfully supportive way – and you’re a wonderful person to be around – what else could one want! Thanks so much – I can’t wait until it all unfolds.”

Barb P., Santa Barbara

“My yard…my little woodland…is so perfect! Thanks for such an  elegant design. I know it will give a lifetime of happiness.”

Mary Jo, Santa Barbara

“Owen was always available to help me and many other Garden staff with whatever was needed, from expert advice to unromantic physical tasks. He was unfailingly cheerful, reliable, and very good at his profession. As a licensed landscape contractor and a licensed landscape architect, he brought a breadth of knowledge to whatever he took on.”

Carol B., Former Director of Horticulture, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

“From his ability to listen, [Owen’s] initial design concept and development of the design, through many meetings of questions and collaboration, he was professional, innovative, showed high integrity, provided service far exceeding our expectation, and was just plain fun to work with…During my tenure on the Board, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden benefited greatly from its relationship with Mr. Dell. Our only regret is that he has relocated to Oregon and we miss his expertise and wisdom. We hold him in high esteem.”

Pandora N-K, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

“We recommended Owen to all of our friends, as his knowledge of plants, use of space, landscaping and treatment and care of the oaks far surpassed anyone we could find. Owen was, and always is, on the cutting edge of his profession. My wife and I highly recommend Owen as an accomplished horticulturist and designer. We were sad when he left Santa Barbara because he had, over 40 years, become a close friend.”

Dennis and Carolyn N., Santa Barbara

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