Garden Design Department

Sloat Garden Center offers in-person as well as 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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