is to design our gardens to satisfy and delight the senses. Instead of following a blueprint, we use an intuitive approach, whereby our design process draws upon gardens we’ve walked through and experienced. With your consent, we prefer to use a free-form approach to creating your garden. This is not to say our design process lacks method or attention to detail, but rather that it is artistic and instinctive.
is to find the structure of the garden, not unlike the way a sculptor finds the form within the stone.
is made up of a number of skilled and knowledgeable landscapers. We take pride in and stand by our work, placing our attention on our clients and their satisfaction. Many have come to appreciate the consistency and reliability of the Reilly team. Keeping an eye on our highest priority—serving our clients—is not only our aim, it is our pleasure.
With more than 20 years experience
in private and public estates, Scott Reilly has managed and maintained properties from Sausalito to Sonoma. Previously attending the gardens of Tudor Place in Washington, DC—a property whose flora contains actual cuttings from George Washington’s 200-year-old Mount Vernon estate, Scott has continued to grow his reputation as a world-class landscaper up and down the North Bay. While acting as head gardener at the Thom Weisel Estate, Scott’s designs and innovative plantings drew attention and became coveted by his future clients. Having cultivated a strong following, Scott founded Reilly Designs, which has grown steadily, thanks to many satisfied clients and a dedicated and talented team.
Senior Crew Leader
has been with Reilly design for 9 years. He has an extensive maintenance experience and knowledge of many styles of gardens. Jorge is trained and has a practiced skill in pruning ornamental trees and roses.
Senior Crew Leader
Marcos has been with Reilly Designs since 2006. Marcos, has 15 years experience in residential Garden Maintenance. Excellent, pruning and customer service skills. In addition, Marcos is bilingual in Spanish and English.
There are a lot of landscape designers out there, but what sets Scott apart is he looks for a certain harmony in everything that he does. There’s a spareness and sense of proportion to his gardens, a balance and rhythm that feels like poetry. He’s more than a plant placer. His sensitivity and gentleness allow the natural essence of a garden to emerge. No matter how small the space, Scott’s gardens create a transition from the outside world to the personal realm, a safe haven where his clients can feel calm and serene.
– K. Hahn, client
It’s spectacular. It’s magical. He transformed it incredibly. Before, we had a pretty sweet garden from May to October; but the rest of the year, it was a moonscape. Now, people go out in the garden in January, and it’s beautiful. This is the first time we’ve had a garden 24/7.
– Paulette Ryan, client
This house had been appraised before, and they’d put, ‘no yard.’ After that (the garden installation), it became a highlight: ‘magnificent garden.’ So, it went from nothing, to a plus. —
– Charlie Hamilton, client
Two things: first of all, he’s very approachable and easy to work with, just a pleasure. And he shows up with the the perfect plant for that spot; and it’s unique. So, there’s a trust factor there. I leave it to him, his creative whims; and to me, that’s fun.
– Jeff Katz, client
It’s always been kind of a showpiece. They (customers) go right over, and are always saying, ‘we didn’t even know this was here.’ There are a couple plants that always get their attention. —
– Charlie Hamilton, Paradise Bay
Let’s say there’re guests coming in. We’ve got one week to make this place look fantastic…and he turns this place into a paradise in a matter of days… He’s so easy; there isn’t any uphill. — Judith Stern, estate caretaker
– Judith Stern, estate caretaker
Scott’s very good and very methodical. He’s also nice to his workers, and that’s important to me. I gave him carte blanche with the property. That’s the only way I like to work with people. But you have to trust someone to do that.
Number one, I like him as an individual; I think he’s honest and forthright. Responsible. Responsive. He shows up when he says he will, and he’s very knowlegable.
–Bruce Potter, client
I wanted someone who could give me something I wanted–which was grotesquely, smelly flowers…I’m in love with it; it’s so female.
–Larry Zaroff, M.D.
Best Of Show 2008 and 2013 – Marin Home and Garden Expo
Winner of 2008 Best of Show at the prestigious Marin Home and Garden Expo (formerly Show). “This event will showcase Exhibitors and Sponsors offering expert ideas and products in all facets of living space improvements from “Green” building technologies to state of the art Home Systems and Landscape concepts.”
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Regular sponsor of the annual Ross Garden Tours event, a major PTA fund raising event. The proceeds from the Garden Tour go to enrich students—K-8th Grade—in Art, Music, and Musical Theatre. The Garden Tour began in 1996 when two Ross School mothers, Dianne Fruin and BJ Martin, conceptualized the tour as a way to raise money for the school’s PTA.
A Reilly Designs garden was a one of the garden locations on the 2010 Eco Garden Tour. Reilly’s garden qualified as an Eco-Friendly design. “Eco-friendly (or Bay-Friendly”) includes a wide range of techniques and practices designed to keep our creeks and the Bay healthy. These include such things as: creating permeable surfaces, installing rain gardens, controlling erosion, utilizing mulch and compost, planting natives, conserving water, creating wildlife habitat, maintaining gardens without toxic pesticides, etc.”