GardenArt Group was formed in 1989, and is based on the design sensibility of Chris Jacobson, a fourth generation Californian horticulturist. Chris started his landscape career as a beginning gardener, working after high school in his small town community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. His artistic vision has been informed by his early experiences as a gardener, and by the native environs of the American River Canyons above Sacramento where he was born into a pioneer farming family. As a teenager he explored the meadows, rivers and woodlands on horseback, following the last remaining Stagecoach road from his hometown into the lower Sierras. Along the way he learned to love the native plants that formed the California foothill landscape. There also he learned to admire and revere the 100-year-old, gravity-defying stacked-rock retaining walls that were built by indentured Chinese laborers during the westward expansion. This love for the American West has informed and guided his career path from artist to gardener to landscape designer to principal of GardenArt Group, a landscape architecture and garden design firm. No matter how large, small, simple or lavish our project may be, our guiding principle resides in the spirit of the native California landscape.