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Born in New York City, Joan studied painting at the School of Visual Arts. Moving to Los Angeles and exhibiting, she expanded her art from the canvas to the landscape and founded Park Slope Design. Joan became one of the featured landscape designers on Home and Garden Television (HGTV). Approaching landscape design with an artist’s sensibility and scope she embraces the landscape with her love of color and form, uniting beauty and function. Working closely with clients to actualize their vision, Joan creates aesthetic architectural and natural environments in southern California and Santa Fe New Mexico.

Joan holds a B.S. in Art Education from New York University, a M.A. in Art from California State University Los Angeles, and studied Landscape Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles.


Eco Conscious or eco friendly landscape design involves using plants, irrigation methods, and hardscape materials that preserve natural resources and reduce water usage and costs.

Sustainable practices can be applied to a variety of landscape garden styles and architecture.

In practicing sustainable landscape design, plants are selected for the microclimate. Using drought tolerant plants, also known as water wise plants that have low to moderate water requirements, helps to conserve water. Plants can be native or exotic – many varieties are coming from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Mexico.

Efficient irrigation methods and permeable materials such as decomposed granite, tumbled recycled glass, pebbles, pavers, brick, or stone set in sand, minimizes water run-off. Using LEED certified composite material and sustainably harvested timber in the design of fences, gates, decks, and pergolas, natural resources are preserved.

Award Winning Designer
Designs featured in top publications
Featured Designer on Home and Garden Television (HGTV)
Featured Landscape Designs on HGTV.com
Featured Landscape Designs on Houzz.com
Special interest in the function and design of the Courtyard
Exhibiting Artist in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, NM and New York
Inspired by Japanese gardens, Southwest architecture and native plants of the Southwest, the colonial towns of Mexico, formal gardens of Italy, stone architecture of Provence, France and Mediterranean Flora from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Mexico

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