Donna Lynn Landscape Designer

Donna Lynn Landscape Designer

5.0 (6)
1 employee
25 years in business

About this pro

Donna Lynn is a landscape designer who serves Santa Barbara as well as the state of California via online landscape design where clients meet with her via web conferencing. She can create outdoor room design, garden design, front yard design and back yard design.

She offers landscape design that provides areas for outdoor living and simple solutions for growing edibles. Plant palette design focuses on providing year 'round color and interest as well as food and nectar sources for hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Rain water harvesting possibilities can be explored during the design process, as well. Virtual imaging in 3D or photo format is used as a visualizing tool. 

Allow her to help you create your own personal sanctuary.

I enjoy that each job is a fresh challenge. I enjoy designing on the computer using CAD and landscape rendering software. I enjoy finding solutions that work for people.

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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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6 Reviews


  • Mary G., Scottsdale AZ

    "Donna, we want to let you know how delighted we are with the landscape design that you created for our front yard. Each time I drive up to our home, or look out through the front window, I am pleased by the view, and reminded of how much better it looks now than it did a couple of months ago. Your design took advantage of the larger trees already on site, and blended them with new planting in a way that we could not have imagined. We believe the end product is visually interesting yet tasteful and restrained. Thank you for your excellent design work."

  • - Eric, Thousand Oaks, CA

    "This is the second landscape that Donna has designed for us. Based on how beautiful our last home looked after everything was planted and matured we cannot wait to get to the planting phase."

  • Joanne, Santa Barbara

    "Donna is professional, knowledgeable, and artistic. Her creative input was helpful and inspiring. I am excited and looking forward to implementing this new design for my garden"

  • Dave W. - Montecito

    "We worked with Donna for five years, both as a designer and landscape maintenance consultant and found her to be very talented and service-oriented - a pleasure to work with."

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Drafted scale drawings of hardscape features (patios, paths, walls, pergolas, etc), water features, plants and lighting, using professional CAD software, result in precise, easy to read plans. During the *design process, photo imaging or 3D rendering software is used as a design tool to aid in visualizing the proposed finished product. Unique plant palettes are created for each client based on location, personal taste and unique site conditions.
*Web conferencing is used to conduct online meetings during the design development process. Clients are invited to view my computer desktop where I am able to display plant palette photos, site photos, the CAD plan, imaging photos or 3D renderings. In addition, we are able to visit websites pertinent to the plants or materials used in the design.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Upon relocating to Santa Barbara in the mid-90's, Donna undertook an independent course of study of the particulars of landscaping in California, that led her from UCLA to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.She spent countless hours learning about the plants available in the landscape trade here and divided them into palettes based on area of origin. She also taught herself CAD drafting, landscape photo imaging and 3D rendering. Her continuing education is ongoing - thru the study of current landscape industry standards, organic, permaculture and water harvesting principles and practices, discovering and experimenting with new software and technology and using and monitoring new plants in my projects.


Donna has worked with landscape architects, landscape contractors, pool contractors, architects, general contractors, interior designers, arborists and experienced trade persons and gardeners on a variety of projects, both large and small, in Santa Barbara, Ventura, L.A. and San Diego counties as well as the metropolitan Phoenix area. She offers Online Landscape Design to residents of California.