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Design Approach


Urban Garden Forms can unlock the potential of your outdoor space, creating a uniquely landscaped area that accomplishes your aesthetic and use objectives.  My practice is guided by a deep appreciation of plants and intent to create joy for clients through my designs.  I use an approach that emphasizes creative, artistic, sustainable design inspired by master designers and horticulturists in the field, and by natural landscapes.  Where possible, I use robust plant combinations and minimalistic hardscaping to create seasonal interest and inspire personal connection, as well as provide ecological support to the site.  Each project presents its own challenges and I enjoy finding the right plan that matches client preferences with viable, sustainable landscapes.  Ellena




Professional Background


For the past five years Ellena Ochoa has been working as a freelance Landscape Designer, focused on creating sustainable landscape plans for residential clients.  Ellena's educational and technical background includes the completion of the Landscape Design curriculum in the Landscape Architecture program at UC Berkeley Extension, a Master Gardener Certification in Portland, Oregon, and working knowledge of design software including CAD, SketchUp, and Photoshop.  Beyond the classroom, Ellena's work includes propogating and caring for a wide range of plants at native plant nurseries in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

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