Landscape Design

native plant landscape6BTN was a licensed c-27 Landscape Contractor, license # 963706, but has renewed its license as inactive as of July 2017. While BTN will continue providing landscape design and consulting services, We will be referring landscape install clients to a new for-profit:

Back to Natives Landscapes, CSLB LIC#1030584.

21675 Jobs Peak Rd 9356, Cedarpines Park, CA 92322


Stay tuned for great things!

Proceeds from past landscape design, installation and maintenance support our environmental education and habitat restoration programs.  We still provide landscape maintenance services for past designs installed by BTN, and will offer maintenance services for future designs by designated designers and licensed contractors. We still provide onsite consultation services, and In Nursery consults, to help you choose the best locally native plants for your garden or projects!

To schedule a consultation at your location, send us an email. We can consult with you on:

  • native plant design (most common) as well as
  • native plant maintenance, or
  • native plant irrigation.

Back to Natives staff are also happy to schedule a native plant landscaping consult on a Saturday with you at our Santa Ana Nursery location. Bring photos of your yard and get ready to leave with plenty of ideas! A 60 minute consult costs only $40. To schedule your appointment, email us.

For a complete fee schedule, scroll to the bottom of this page.

We will be offering several landscape workshops and seminars throughout the year. Stay tuned to our Events Page!

We ARE accepting new design clients at this time. Please complete our NEW CLIENT INTEREST FORM if you are interested in beginning the design process.

Why BTN?

native plant landscapeBack to Natives’ Reginald Durant was the chief landscape designer for the “Costa Mesa Green Home,” which is certified ‘Platinum’ by the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes Program, the First LEED Platinum home in Orange County. Reginald also provided the landscape design for “Project 319,” Living Green Homes’ first green single-family residential development, one of the first of its kind in OC to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation. Reginald Durant and Lori Whalen have been guest designers at the Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza almost every year since 2010. We’ve designed two parks: Maple/Occidental Park for the City of Santa Ana and Kempton Park in Rossmore. Our landscape designs have been featured for many years on the California Native Plant Society Spring Garden Tour. Reginald has also been a guest presenter at the Long Beach Landscape Expo and the Landscape Architects Expo for several years.

Why Native Plants?

native plant landscape7Locally native plants are beautiful. They attract butterflies and birds. They can help you save water, eliminate the need for harmful pesticides and fertilizers, and reduce maintenance needs. A native plant landscape will save you money and help the environment.

We encourage and use only California Native plant species, using species as locally native as possible. We do not advocate or use hybrids or ‘California Friendly” species. More on this here:
Why non-natives are BAD!

With over 1200 species and counting of native plant species in Orange County, choices are almost endless for that ‘specific look’ you are in search of!

Are your prices competitive?

native plant landscape8We keep our prices low, so that you as a client can save money. When we provide you with a quote, that allows you to compare our prices to other companies in your area. But there’s something you also need to know when shopping for quotes.

When you compare bids from different landscaping companies, ask the important questions. Find out if the company offering you a quote has both proof of insurance, and that they are fully licensed to work in your area. Not only is it the law that a contractor be licensed and insured, but it protects you. If an uninsured worker is hurt on your property, it can personally cost you serious money.

Inexperienced and unlicensed contractors can also provide a poor quality of work, which can cost you valuable cash and time to fix. There are many who also do substandard work, and who operate without the proper credentials. Take time to ask for addresses of work they have done elsewhere to view the type of work their crews do. Our Director personally works with his crew on every project. We take pride in servicing our customers and providing a respectful and safe work environment. Read our blog article on estimating landscape costs HERE.

Why hire a licensed contractor?

A contractor’s license means that the individual is properly insured and adequately proficient in his or her specialty to perform work on your property. A licensed contractor has commercial liability insurance. They have workers compensation insurance. If somebody is injured on your property without these insurances, then you as the home owner are responsible and will take a hit against your home owners insurance. An unlicensed contractor is probably not sufficiently proficient in the specialty that you hired him or her for. Because if they were sufficiently proficient they would have applied for and received their contractors license. There is a reason why contractors are, or seem to be, more expensive than unlicensed contractors. It’s because they operate within the law. And if something happens, the homeowner then has a number of recourses to have the problem corrected under contractors state license law. An unlicensed contractor is breaking the law and not operating within the law. A home owner has NO recourse under CSLB LAW to correct the issue! And it is also more likely that an unlicensed operating contractor is probably guilty of, or has a past criminal record! Check licenses at

From our Clients:

temp_7“We are so excited about our makeover and can’t wait to be able to do our part for the environment while maintaining superior aesthetics. Hopefully this will prove how beautiful a native residential landscape can be. Thanks for all your hard work.” – landscape design client

“We enjoyed the time we spent together this evening and are excited about next steps. We love the detailed plan design and happily sat in our chairs after dinner finishing our wine and seeing how many plants we could name without looking.” – Landscape Design Client

“Thanks so much for your time today and your excellent design. We had one other landscape designer give it a shot and … you were so much better! We are really excited to see it come together.” – landscape design client

Fee Schedule for property owners:

Onsite Consultations: $60.00 per hour, minimum 2 hour, averaging 2-3 hours depending on question and answer time. An additional $1.00 per mile fee (round trip) will be charged to locations beyond 10 miles of our Santa Ana Nursery.

Site Measurements: If you decide to contract with BTN for landscape design services, measurements will need to occur unless you have an existing plan (printed or digital file in PDF or DWG format that we can digitize in Auto cad). Taking measurements and digitizing both cost $60/hour.

Design Time: $120.00 per hour minimum 4 hours. Hours vary depending on lot size odd angles and curves, obstructions, special needs etc. All designs include species legend and availability

Irrigation: Irrigation Modification Design hours charged at $60.00 per hour. *BTN Landscapes can perform irrigation installation and modification.

Read our blog article on estimating landscape costs HERE.

Why hybrids are bad:

“Hybridization is a major cause of extinction worldwide because of translocation of organisms and habitat modifications by humans. Understanding the processes of hybridization and the different types of hybrids that are produced is important for developing effective conservation policies to deal with hybridization.”
The problems with hybrids: setting conservation

Trends in Ecology and Evolution, pp. 613-622(10)
Authors: Allendorf F.W.; Leary
R.F.; Spruell P.; Wenburg J.K.