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"Our backyard is now our favorite thing about our home.  Garden Lights redesigned our backyard giving us beautiful patios, a built in barbecue and a shady hammock, renovated a 30-year old pool, re-landscaped, and gave us a new place to be together as a family. From coffee on the patio on summer mornings, to football tossing on the lawn, barbecues with friends and late night dips in the pool and hot tub, our new yard is the center of our family life. Garden Lights' design is beautiful and suits us perfectly.

Our yard is absolutely lovely to look at (even at night!), but comfortable and ultimately usable -- just right for an active family with kids, friends, and one big hairy dog.” –L. Smudsky



“We had Garden Lights Landscape our back yard this past fall.  We had seen their work around Orinda, and were impressed with the results.  We also knew someone who had used the company and whose yard has been featured in local garden tours. We had never had landscaping done before.  The existing landscaping was done more than 20 years ago, was dated, and did not utilize the property to its advantage.  The yard was divided into three quadrants, which made it feel small and closed off.  We also had drainage issues.  We wanted a turnkey operation.  We wanted the design, demolition, and new landscaping supervised by one person who would coordinate everything.  From the very beginning, Steve was attentive to our wishes and our budget.  Joan came up with a novel design that added usable space to our sloped yard.  We wanted the yard to feel open and inviting, yet also feel like a refuge.  And we wanted a water feature.

The results are magnificent.  It's hard to describe the transformation, but our yard now seems huge.  With the waterfall, it feels like a little piece of the Truckee River runs through our property.  The two-toned patio is gorgeous and functional.  And the raised planters with irrigation will make our vegetable garden so much easier to plant and maintain.  We have received so many compliments on our new yard from neighbors, friends, and family.  And while the new yard sparkles on a pretty day, even on a gray dreary day it looks beautiful.  Furthermore, Garden Lights has been checking on the yard frequently since they finished the job, to make sure that the planting, waterfall, irrigation, and lighting are all doing well. From start to finish this job was practically painless and the results are worth it.”   –Ben & Molly Young



“When you live a lifestyle where stress is considered a normal part of your everyday existence, it is essential to have a special place to go where you can relax and escape the pressures of the outside world & immerse yourself in nature’s boundless beauty. Here, you are finally able to take a moment to notice and appreciate the natural world in all of its splendor…. the rosy pink glow of a sunrise over Mount Diablo, the sound of water gently cascading over a rock-strewn waterfall, the delicate fragrances of a rose-filled garden, or the ever-changing colors of each season, displayed for your pleasure in every tree, shrub, flower and plant.

Steve Lambert of Garden Lights Landscape Design and Development in Orinda, California, has created that very place for our family in our own backyard! Steve is an experienced Landscape Designer and Outdoor Lighting expert with an unmatched creative vision of the outdoor world, as well as an exceptionally keen sense of outdoor space, and the unlimited possibilities it provides for homeowners. Taking into account our family’s preferences and intended uses for our backyard, Steve was able to design a combination of spaces that reflected and accommodated all of our needs and more! He & his dedicated, tireless crew miraculously transformed our former backyard into a beautiful, personal outdoor living space that we now enjoy year-round, as much if not more than our “indoor” home.”  –Teresa Cohen, Moraga




“Steve Lambert and Garden Lights have worked on different sections of our landscaping since we moved into our home 13 years ago. Steve continues to impress us with his landscaping design abilities, his attention to detail, his knowledge of plants and what grows best in our environment.

Each season has produced an array of beautiful colors and textures. What better acknowledgement of his talents than people knowing our home by our landscaping!”
–K. Sninskey, Orinda


"We have had the pleasure of working with Garden Lights in two different homes in Moraga. Our first home was brand new, and we were starting from bare dirt. Steve was able to plan a beautiful design that took the challenges of our irregular shaped lot and made them assets. In our current home, we had a number of drainage issues which required new hardscape.

The concrete pavers that Steve chose are stunning. Steve was able to use many of the existing plants in our landscape design giving us the feeling of an established garden. Now our yard is an oasis and great for entertaining. The quality of work and products was outstanding and Steve was very conscious of our budget. We couldn’t be happier!"

–Mike and Mei Lin Wolff


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