Garden Design Department

Due to the extension of the stay at home order and for the protection of our staff and clients, the Sloat Design Department will only be doing “virtual” design appointments via Zoom or Facetime.  We will resume in-person appointments as soon as we are able. 


Sloat Garden Center offers virtual (Facetime or Zoom) garden design consultations with our team of landscape designers. We charge $125/hr with a minimum charge of $125.  For using the service, you receive 10% off of all your purchases for a year following the consultation date. Please note that virtual consultations work best for small garden areas.

Sloat garden designSince 1995 we’ve created custom design solutions for varied Bay Area clients; from San Francisco’s small jewel box gardens to Marin’s larger Oak groves and terraced hillsides. Whether your garden is a place to entertain, work, play, or just relax and take in the view, we can help personalize your garden’s design to meet your needs

  • We develop simple, success oriented low maintenance planting plans for gardens, decks, and terraces, as well as indoor plant consultations.
  • We can help brainstorm and problem solve ideas and solutions that work with existing plant material and takes into account your available time to garden. Then we put together a planting plan.
  • We develop a loose “bubble diagram” and a complete plant list with quantities and sizes of plant material, soil requirements, and pruning, feeding and care information.
  • Our planting plans can be easily followed by every level of gardener; whether you prefer to do it yourself or have a professional install your plants.

Expertise: Our consultants are all garden professionals with years of experience designing and working with plants that are appropriate for our varied Bay Area dry summer & wet winter micro-climates.

Sloat Garden Center Discount: Garden design services customers receive a 10% discount on virtually every regularly priced item we sell. The discount lasts for one full year from the date of your consultation.

Our in-person Garden Design Department services Marin and San Francisco counties only. Please Note: we are not landscape architects. 

To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, contact our Design Dept: 415-388-3754 or email us:


One Hour Garden Solutions Consultation: $125 per hour

We begin with a one hour consultation. Following this meeting our designers will give an estimate of time to complete a scaled drawing and plant list. This allows us the flexibility to fulfill the needs of  your garden. In a one hour appointment, we can focus on solutions for specific areas of your garden such as:

  • Plant identification and recommendations for care.
  • Problem solving for targeted areas.
  • Pest and disease identification and suggestions for treatment.
  • General plant recommendations.
  • Simple conceptual ideas for garden possibilities.
  • The consultation begins when we arrive at your garden.

Sloat Design Package: $300 (a $375 value!)

  • This package is perfect for smaller spaces! You’ll receive a site visit to your home by a designer, combined with an accompanied visit to a Sloat Garden Center location to select plants immediately after the site visit.
  • Go home with a sketch showing plant placement and the plants to go with it. This is the fastest way to go from design to implementation.


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