About O’Connell Landscape

O’Connell Landscape is a family run design and landscape installation company. Founded by John and Virginia O’Connell, O’Connell Landscape has been creating beautiful residential gardens in the North Bay for over 25 years. John and Virginia are still actively involved in the company, with Virginia heading our company’s commitment to sustainability and water conservation issues.

Michael O’Connell is the second generation of the family and leads O’Connell Landscape’s field installations. With a background in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Michael specializes in the design and construction of unique outdoor environments. Michael’s landscapes emphasize the beauty of natural elements, featuring the rich detailing of stonework, custom garden carpentry and mediterranean and California native plantings. Michael’s work begins with a client focused vision, “I’m not interested in imposing a rigid preconceived design on a project. The best designs are those that focus on the client’s needs- where the spaces created and design solutions are practical, cost-effective, and beautiful.”

This design approach has been recognized in the form of several awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) for Michael’s design-build work. His design abilities are backed by his extensive in-the-field experience, managing landscape construction projects of varying scales and complexities.

A Behind the Scenes View of Our
Construction Process

In building beautiful gardens, as with much of life, success lies in the details. While overall price is a very important consideration for your project, we want to give you a detailed overview of the 4 major reasons why our clients choose O’Connell Landscape.

1- Detailed Project Management
All of our projects are directly managed by the company principals. We enjoy a direct personal relationship with our clients and take satisfaction in each project. We have 2-3 projects under construction at any given time, and each project receives detailed attention while under construction. Typically, a member of the management team makes a project management visit to the site several times per week, and we have a weekly progress meeting with the client to review installation and design questions, billing, and construction progress.

2- Our Construction Crews
Our Foreman and Supervisors have been with our company for years- typically 10 years or more. They are experienced veteran installers and great problem solvers, talented in multiple facets of landscape construction. Our installers perform skilled garden masonry, carpentry and landscape installation work. All our installers, from project supervisor on down, are professional employees who are paid a living wage, provided good job benefits, and who we employ for the long term.

3- Specific Contracts, Change Orders, and Project Billing
Our philosophy when creating construction contracts is to draft as complete an agreement as possible in the most transparent manner possible. We make clear to you the billable rates, materials, and quantities of materials installed, so there aren’t misunderstandings once we begin construction. All of projects have detailed timetables and construction calendars, to keep the project on time and running smoothly. If there are changes, additions, or subtractions to the project, we provide detailed accounting and Change Order documentation for the work to be authorized by you - this avoids any surprise moments.

4- Quick Response to Your Questions and Concerns
We work on a variety of projects with builders, landscape architects and designers, and directly with project owners. We consistently find that owners or other members of a design team enjoy working with us because we offer superior attention to the project details and fast follow-up via email and phone.


Management Team


Memberships & Accreditations

Sustainable Gardens:
We are Bay Friendly Qualified Landscapers and use sustainable practices on all our projects. We have accredited sustainable designers on staff from the Sonoma State Sustainable Landscape Professional Certificate Program.

Professional Associations:
We are active members of both the California Landscape Contractor's Association (CLCA), and Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) to stay on the forefront of sustainability issues.

CLCA Award Winners
Year after year O'Connell Landscape is honored for it's innovative design work and high quality installation services. The local California Landscape Contractors Association awards are a competition of some of the best landscape contractors in the North Bay. We have won many awards in the design-build categories, and the prestigious Judges Award.


Michael O’Connell
Design & Project Management

John O’Connell
General Management

Virginia O’Connell
Landscape Designer

Ruben Valdez
Lead Project Supervisor


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