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What is the easiest way to turn a house and yard into your home?

By creating an enticing outdoor space, you put smiles on the faces of those who live at and visit your home. Ask us how – and then get ready to share what makes you happyRead More
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Commercial

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Whether its a small job that requires fine detailing or a behemoth that needs to be wrangled let us take your next commercial project to the next level.Read More
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Civic

Designing captivating outdoor spaces for public enjoyment

Gather in beautifully crafted areas and feel the engagement from the space with the audience. Read More

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Aitken and Associates are extremely talented in taking a vision or concept to completion. They took our simple back yard and transformed it into a relaxing, outdoor living space to enjoy! We are still surprised daily when we go outside, it feels and looks like we are at a 5 star resort down to the smallest detail.We would be remiss to not mention Red Roots Landscaping. Red Roots transformed the conceptual plans from Aitken and Associates into what we have today and added value at every step in the process. Without a doubt one of the best contractors we have ever hired. They are perfectionists and go out of their way to make the customer happy. They are very knowledgeable and we loved their input and ideas. There is no doubt we will be using this team again for more work in our front yard. We recommend Aitken’s and Red Roots to anybody who needs landscaping done to their yards. Truly a class act and we could not thank them enough for the great job done. Thank you again!

 

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We recently completed building and landscaping a hillside home on the San Francisco peninsula. We wanted our new landscape to be drought-tolerant, but still colorful and inviting. Our lot has both sunny and shady exposures, includes one area that had to be deer resistant, and has places we need trees for screening. Recommended by our architect, Karen Aitken of Aitken and Associates designed a plan that met the exacting specifications of the town planning commission, including hardscape, landscape, irrigation and outdoor lighting, while still reflecting our lifestyle and taste. Karen and her team transformed a cleared, one-acre lot into beautiful gardens that enhance the architecture of the house perfectly. The entry is stunning and yet deer resistant, and leads to a private, cheerful, colorful oasis for relaxing and entertaining. The garden and paths flow around the house, and every window frames a lovely view.

Karen is an accomplished landscape architect, but what sets her projects apart is her artistry with color and design, combined with a love of plants that brings her designs to life. Karen is warm, cheerful, and a joy to work with. We are thrilled to have an incredible outdoor space we will enjoy for many years, and are delighted to have found her for our project.

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We Hired Karen to add to our existing yard. She worked with what we had and made great suggestions and her designs were wonderful. She is very professional and easy to work with. We highly recommend Karen and her staff.
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Karen helped my wife and I design our backyard in 2007. Karen is amazing.

My wife and I grew up in a big city and we had no idea what to do with 1/2 acre of land in Morgan Hill. Karen interviewed us, listened carefully on what was on our wish list and gently asked clarifying questions. She provided feedback on what might work well together and what might not. And finally she provided a design that flows together with our house.

She also helped us connect with a contractor we could trust. Together, we have a backyard that we do enjoy everyday of the year. Thanks Karen!

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Karen Aitken

Founder, CEO & Lead Landscape Architect

Karen Aitken is the founder of the landscape architectural firm of Aitken & Associates, serving the northern California region since 1983. She holds a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The firm provides assistance in master planning and landscape construction documentations for commercial, municipal, and institutional projects. Additionally, Aitken & Associates has designed thousands of residential projects of all scales, throughout the Bay Area. Karen Aitken has been called upon to design landscape projects of all scopes and sizes.

 

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    Tracy Link Garcia

    Lead Landscape Designer

    Our office is located at the mouth of the beautiful Hecker Pass Valley, close by Western Tree Nursery & Bonfante Tree Nursery in Gilroy, California. Both are ideal places to walk and view hundreds of different varieties of specimen trees and plant material suitable for a variety of landscapes. They are wonderful resources available to our clients.

     

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      Robert Figueroa

      Head of Digital Rendering

      Our office is located at the mouth of the beautiful Hecker Pass Valley, close by Western Tree Nursery & Bonfante Tree Nursery in Gilroy, California. Both are ideal places to walk and view hundreds of different varieties of specimen trees and plant material suitable for a variety of landscapes. They are wonderful resources available to our clients.

       

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        Shanana Aslama

        Landscape Designer

        My name is Shahana Aslam. I graduated with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture in 2013, from the University of California, Davis. I love working with people, landscapes, and bridging the connection between humans and nature. In my free time I like to dance, listen to music, work out, and read books.

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