Margie Grace is the founding principal and design director of Grace Design Associates based in Santa Barbara. As a licensed landscape contractor, her firm has the unique advantage of building the gardens she designs. Since 1982, her company has conceived and built more than 350 gardens in Southern California and the western states. Her work is in demand because her gardens strike a balance between beauty and fulfilling her clients’ practical needs.
Margie’s passion as a lifelong learner has earned her degrees in the life and earth sciences at UCSC and UCLA. Her work in Santa Barbara is influenced by her deep appreciation of California’s unique beauty and her extensive travels and landscape work in Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania.
Margie's award-winning projects range from intimate gardens to large estates, and have been featured in top publications throughout the world including Garden Design, Sunset Western Garden Book, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Veranda and The Wall Street Journal.
Grace’s creations have an effortless elegance and restraint. Her designs range from gentle and naturalistic to bold and urban, traditional to contemporary; they may end up looking whimsical and sometimes romantic. Her imaginative and unique gardens truly embrace The Art of Outdoor Living.
Who We Are
Grace Design Associates is a collaborative landscape design studio and construction company based in Santa Barbara made up of talented designers and craftsmen committed to teamwork that results in exceptional gardens. Together we delight in designing and building the very best landscapes for our clients.
As a design-build firm, we take every project from concept to construction. This combination of abilities allows us to create designs with the intimate knowledge of construction requirements. Design and installation happen on a continuum. By building the gardens we design, we provide our clients with the unique advantage of getting a beautiful landscape while working with one firm. Because the process is integrated, the finished garden is too.
Our Design/ Build Process
A great landscape is the result of great collaboration. We want to get to know you. We approach each project by listening and understanding who you are and how you want to live in your garden. With client collaboration at the forefront, our designs celebrate the unique personalities and interests of our clients with the inherent site conditions.
Our team oversees every aspect of the work, and benefits from close relationships with local nurseries and international vendors to hand pick the best plant materials, accessories, lighting and furnishings for your project. The expertise of our design team continues throughout installation for integrated, beautiful results.