What people are saying about us

Limestone fountain from Eye of the Day Garden Design Center in Carpinteria in custom made pond with limestone edging set in flowering drought tolerant meadow with a border of lavender, roses, rosemary and sage. Montecito

“You know how much we enjoy the garden you designed for us, so how could we not recommend you to our friends? We visited the garden you recently created for our friends the day after you completed the work and they were so delighted with the way it looked. I guess they decided we knew what we were talking about. You and your crew are the best, Chris. Thanks again.

B & G Santa Barbara

drought tolerant plantings of Mexican sage, Mexican marigold, citus, rockrose, sages under large oak with modern scultpure

I really appreciate the exceptional quality of integrity and spirit of generosity you showed us. It is how I have always tried to behave in my business days, but am constantly disappointed by how rare that is. You have a running tab of good dinners (and good company) on me.

A. Chao

custom made pond and stone fountain became the center piece in this garden transformation it was surrounded by the Montecito Landscape Meadow a signature creation of Chris and Lisa Cullen this meadow is the perfect drought tolerant alternative to lawn consisting of carex, Santa Barbara daisy, companula, geraniums and nepeta

I think the boulders look WONDERFUL! THANK YOU and please thank your team for us – I know how much hard work and sheer muscle power this took!  Thanks too for taking care of the driveway lights.

Honestly, I SO appreciate your fantastic responsiveness, attention to detail and meticulous follow through – it is such a comfort to know that even though I’m 100 miles away, everything – absolutely everything! – that you said you would do, is done quickly, beautifully and with enthusiasm and collaboration. This has been a really enjoyable and fun project to complete BECAUSE of both of you and your management and direction of your team.  I’m looking forward to seeing the final result, and future projects together!

Best regards,  JW

The entry was simplified with the addition of crushed stone, matching trees on both sides and mass plantings of Mexican Sage. A bridle trail was constructed from the barn and hidden by the layers of plantings.

Chris and Lisa Cullen are delightful landscaping visionaries whom we have known and worked with over the past few years on two different projects. I trust their skill and talent and highly recommend them to anyone.

We had hoped to get exactly what we got-a beautiful space that is an extension of our interior space, where we live, laugh, love and make memories with family and friends.

We invested in our landscape because our surrounds are an extension of who we are-what a better place to invest than in your garden?

The pond area is one of my husband’s happiest places, he can’t wait to come home from work and go to his pond-the tranquility of which is kind of a safe haven in the garden of a chaotic world.

The landscape textures, colors, sounds and smells that surround us every day are a reminder of Mother Earth’s gift to us-natural beauty.

Thank you, Montecito Landscape, for walking the walk and talking the talk. Your vision became our landscape, a picture perfect portrait of the garden that is worth every penny.

Debbi and Don-Malibu




We really liked Lisa and Chris’s enthusiasm about our garden’s potential. They came up with a solution to our concerns that exceeded our expectations and more importantly, delivered on-time and within budget. Their crew works hard and we really appreciated the follow-up to ensure that the garden’s water needs were being met. We can’t say enough about their crew. All are efficient, polite and responsive. Leana is quick to offer assistance and has really been amazing and Javier is a terrific supervisor and communicator. I also really appreciate Lisa’s mulching tips! We love the way the new landscape is natural and integrated with the rest of the property. Everything is so healthy (we had major problems with our precious garden). It is so beautiful and we love looking at it! Thank you, you guys are great!

J&R, Montecito

Two Travertine patios were added on the ocean view side of the house and a “country lane” lined with wild flowers was created that meandered along the hill and continued through the Oak Woodland.


Dear Chris and Lisa,

We want to thank you for being people of complete integrity. By this time in life, we have a file full of “contractor nightmares”.

Working with you was such a calm and happy experience. The members of your crew were friendly and worked so hard! We are happy customers.

Bob & Anita, Montecito

tuscan drought tolerant formal garden with fountain, gravel, lavender, Mexican sage, Cleveland sage, Tuscan blue rosemay

 Chris and Lisa Cullen knocked it out of the park with their recent “makeover” of the landscaping of my Montecito home property. Their passion for plants and all things nature and their enthusiasm for their skilled craft is highly contagious. They made the entire “re-landscaping” of a tired and dated place a delight for me as they literally unearthed the hidden gem qualities of the property and “re-sculpted” it into a setting infused with peace and tranquility and yet functional and entertainment-friendly spaces. If you’re thinking about adding value to your home in terms of quality-of-life living space, or just looking to add some new color, shapes or fragrances to add to your garden, do yourself a favor and give Chris and Lisa an opportunity to show you how to take your vision to the next level. They are truly “alchemists of magic” in property landscape transformation.

Rick, Montecito

gravel patio surrounded by oaks and drought tolerant plants Mexican marigold, nepeta, rosemary, sage

Dear Chris and Lisa,

We appreciated your willingness to fit plant choices to our preferences and to work with our gardeners. Your follow-up is unusual and very impressive. Thank you.

Don and Trees, Montecito


Dear Chris and Lisa,

Thank you both and to your team for your professional service at all times. We were delighted with your attention to detail, for your immediate appreciation of our property and a natural approach to bringing the existing beauty alive. We are thrilled with what you have created.

Anne & Xan, Santa Barbara

French style fountain surrounded by shade loving plectranthus

Dear Chris and Lisa,

We want to thank you for the wonderful job you did on our garden, we love it and it already brings us much joy. Your crew was nothing short of excellent, fast moving, clean and professional in manner. The foreman (Javier) was well-spoken and very accommodating and explained all what the crew was doing.

To you, Chris, we thank you for choosing the plantings and all the planning. Your visits were fun, friendly and provided interesting learning. We will recommend you to anyone we know. Thanks again for a marvelous job.

Niels & Nancy, Santa Barbara

Antique statuary under oaks and surrounded by drought tolerant rosemary, lavender and sage

Dear Chris, Lisa and Leana,

What I love is the simple elegance of the design: flowing pathways, beautiful pots, thoughtful arrangements and plant choices. I now have four visible outdoor spaces!

I appreciated the professional crew, the seamless process and superb customer service. You were responsive to my needs, artful, and honest.

I trusted Chris and his vision for the property.

Thank you for your kindness, personal service and expertise. You created a beautiful environment that we are proud of. Entertaining is much more enjoyable now! It was worth every penny.

Kristie and Steve, Santa Barbara


We have recently finished a 6 week project with Chris and Lisa Cullen and are absolutely delighted with the result.  Both Lisa and Chris were extremely easy to work with and their combined ideas and knowledge proved invaluable in producing an  edited and fresh look to our garden as a whole.  All their staff were hard working and polite at all times.  We would be happy to recommend Montecito Landscaping to anyone.

Alison and Jan, Hope Ranch

Tuscan style garden design courtyard with central fountain ancient olives, Italian cypress and drought tolerant lavender, sages and rosemary

Working with Chris and the crew, everyone was extremely professional. Chris went out of his way to help make the property and experience as best as possible. Prices were extremely fair and when changes did come up, Chris was fair on those as well and I never felt like he was trying to “up charge” when changes occurred. Montecito Landscape is one of the best companies from any trade I have ever worked with. Very professional on all levels.

Luke, Montecito


It all started with a dying orange tree…When Chris came out to look at our back yard, he could see it with fresh eyes and realized there was more than just solving a dead tree problem. He could see the possibility of more space, and came up with a coherent design.

First, we were amazed at Chris’ ability to effectively discern our particular tastes and what he knew would be appropriate to the conditions. His guidance was gentle, respectful and yet decisive. The trip to the nurseries to look at plants was a perfect example of this balance. We got exactly what we wanted, including sound advice.

Work commenced at an impressive pace. The crew was skilled and amazingly productive. We were especially pleased with the work of your stone specialist. Everything was done exactly as promised.

We couldn’t be happier. We had lived with the same backyard for over 35 years and never suspected it could be this spacious or beautiful.

I do not think a day goes by that I do not walk the garden, sometimes to cut rosemary or chives, or these days to haul out a bucket of reclaimed water. Guests are charmed by the abundance. It has the blues, greens and greys of a Mediterranean landscape, with lavender, sages and rosemary.

As an artist, my garden provides me with plenty of drawing ideas. At a spiritual level, both working and walking in the garden are a calming source of pride. Sometimes, if I’ve been busy at my drawing table I just have to be outside and walk the garden path, breathe some fresh air and clear my mind. Thanks for everything!

Jan and Charles, Santa Barbara

fountain surrounded by terra-cotta pots full of colorful geraniums and citrus

Dear Chris,

As I have endlessly ragged, harassed and complained, it is now my pleasure to endlessly thank, appreciate and enjoy your beautiful work.

Thank you for being the spirit, the energy and the enthusiasm which brings all the plants—and my delight in them—to life. Everything is exquisite. Thank you for being the true Druid Master of your art.

With love, Daphne

Rose garden with alyssum, santa barbara sandstone boulders

Dear Chris and Lisa,

Montecito Landscape is prompt, professional, clear and businesslike. You are receptive listeners, with positive energy, you have wonderful ideas and are very creative; no detail was left unattended, and no follow-up (by me) was required. When you first met with my niece, she started her report with the comment “First of all, these are seriously nice people”.

I was also grateful for your skilled crew. They have extraordinary good work habits, are neat and tidy, there was not evidence that they had even been here. They are polite and hardworking young people, who obviously respect plants and nature (and homeowners!) and want to be of service and take pride in their work. That comes, of course, from good leadership. Well done! My little paradise is just glowing!

Robin, Montecito


Dear Chris and Lisa,

We are completely happy with the beautiful creation Montecito Landscape did for us. From our first meeting with Chris and Lisa to the final walk-through, everything was handling in a professional and courteous manner.

Their crew was hard-working, steady and all seemed knowledgeable about the design of our landscape. Each person worked energetically, confidently and with a great, positive attitude. They displayed a good-natured camaraderie working together in an organized, well-coordinated manner. They always had a smile for us.

We now have a lovely, well-planned outdoor space more beautiful than we ever imagined-thanks to the knowledge and artistry of Chris and Lisa Cullen

Penny and Ken, Santa Barbara

Happy clients in their garden of meandering paths, olive trees, sages, lavender, nepeta and more drought tolerant plants

Chris and Lisa,

We want to thank you from the bottom on our hearts for what you have done for us on our property.

I could suffice it and just say that I may be the happiest client you have ever had!

What a wonderful experience this was from start to finish and so fast! We had a vision and Chris took it all the way with a twist. In one week it went from a drab, boring, no privacy entrance to a dream come true.

When I was explaining to Chris what I wanted I said “In my fantasy world I would extend this garden, but that is too difficult”. All I heard in the next moment was “Well, let’s go with the fantasy world and make it happen”.

I had been reading their columns for years and thought, that if I ever did get this dream project done I would definitely call them. We connected without even knowing each other.

Thank you, M & R-Montecito

meandering gravel paths through a colorful, drought tolerant garden of nepeta, euphorbia, olive trees, sages and santa barbara sandstone

Chris and Lisa of Montecito Landscape helped me correct mistakes of previous landscapers.

The trees, plants and irrigation system they suggested worked perfectly with my house style, California climate and my personal taste.

They are professional and oversee every step of selection and installation. They have returned several times after payment just to see that everything was in order.

I would strongly recommend Montecito Landscape. My husband and I are thrilled with the new look of our property.

Judy and David, Montecito