My name is Natasha Elliott.
I am a landscape designer and the owner of Sweet Smiling Landscapes.
My interest in art, design, and horticulture are the foundations of my career in landscape design. While earning my BFA in sculpture at California State University Long Beach, I explored themes of the human relationship with the outdoor world in my work, particularly the ways in which humans have worked with nature to create a built-world outside in the form of farms and gardens. After graduating, I studied permaculture, and then horticulture at Santa Barbara City College (where I now teach Landscape Drafting). I also became an EPA-certified Water Wise designer, certified permaculture designer, and certified Green Gardener. Today, I use my skills as an artist and my knowledge of horticulture to create beautiful, functional, and sustainable outdoor spaces. Contact me to let me know how I can assist with your landscape design.
Sweet Smiling Landscapes Mission
Sweet Smiling Landscapes creates outdoor spaces that are as artful as they are ecologically sound. Grounded in the principles of sustainable landscape design, Sweet Smiling Landscapes turns gardens into living pieces of art that serve to improve the local ecology. Committed to designing gardens that are water- and fire-wise, I carefully consider the wants and needs of my clients with the specifications of their property. Blending the elements of sustainability and natural aesthetics, I design beautiful spaces to allow my clients to fully enjoy the outdoor areas of their home.
Water Wise and Otherwise
Sweet Smiling Landscapes specializes in low water, California native plant designs and edible/productive landscaping. I find inspiration in many architectural styles, from high modern to county cottage design and everything in between. But regardless of the style of garden I am designing, I see plantings as more than a purely aesthetic decision. A guiding principle of sustainable design is that every element should have multiple functions—each plant needs to serve a greater purpose beyond just looking beautiful.
California’s native plants are adapted to the climate here, and require less water, fertilizers, and pesticides than do non-native plants. Beyond being less recourse intensive to maintain, California native plants provide crucial forage and habitat for the birds and insects of the region, allowing us to live in harmony with nature.
Edible and productive landscaping includes growing vegetables, herbal remedies, cut flowers and more. Plants that are typically grown on farms can be incorporated into the landscape, creating beautiful lush spaces while providing useful goods.