"Thank you for your great work that you and your staff completed at our property. Your hands-on approach and input were invaluable in making the project a success. With your consummate professionalism, artistry, prompt and courteous staff, we have already recommended you without
Timothy A. Black,
attorney at law.
"The 4000-sq. ft. Mark Singer home we just constructed is a showplace. But the aspect our guests
are most drawn to is the landscape artistry ... the garden is truly magnificent and merits publication."
Betsy and Gary Jenkins, MD.
"Landscape contractor and artist, Jeff Powers, created, built and maintained our corporate headquarters, the 'PRES Gardens' in Newport Beach, Ca. This site "offers a beautiful and special event venue for corporate meetings and gatherings... Located in the high profile business district, the 'PRES Gardens' is a memorable experience".
"The PRES Company owns and manages high-end properties (www.presusa.com). We pursue excellence and that is what attracted us to Jeff, He listened to our needs and the resulting landscape installation was beyond our expectations. Jeff is hands-on during construction and committed to the Garden's success throughout our weekly maintenance program. We continue to receive rave reviews on his work."
PRES USA. Director of Development and Management.
"The Board of Directors would like to express their satisfaction with your HOA landscape services over this past year. The Board of Directors looks forward to another successful year in working together to maintain and improve the Association's greenbelts."
At the Direction of the Board,
De Camara Management Inc.
"I wish to highly recommend the services offered by Jeff Powers' Coastal LandscapingInc. In ten months, our thirteen acres of common areas have noticeably improved...and never looked better. He has demonstrated a highly artistic sense in the selection of plant materials for the re landscaping we have undertaken. CLI has been successful in the detection and repairing irrigation leaks we have had. They have also demonstrated a strong commitment to perform tasks in an environmentally friendly manner." "I strongly recommend their services."
"Roy and I thank you for taking the time to stop by yesterday to discuss landscape irrigation... Your efforts to increase water efficiency and promote conservation are appreciated."
Soquel Creek Water District.
"Your services went above and beyond our expectations. Your knowledge of plants and sense of design was extremely helpful. You offer more than just reading the landscaping plans... and we appreciated your ideas. I definitely recommend your company and will surely look to use your services in future landscaping endeavors."
Zach and Amanda,
"Thank you and your staff who are extremely creative and spectacular in color, form and texture. You are also extremely knowledgeable regarding plant materials, installation and maintenance."
Mayor, City of Laguna Beach,Ca.
"Thank you for your constant oversight, long range planning and staffing regarding our HOA homeowner complex. After several months of your guidance and management skills, my residents have already begun to notice a difference. Most importantly my occupancy rate is up!"
The following is an article written by Bruce Curtis that appeared in the June 2006 issueof Landscape Design Magazine.
In this interview, landscape contractor and designer, Jeff Powers A.S.L.A., C.L.C.A., talks about his work, his landscape artistry and his quality of life challenges directing a staff of 140 employees. Powers sold his company in 2007, stayed as RMO, but had completely exited by late 2008. In 2009, Powers founded a new landscape maintenance and construction company, COASTAL LANDSCAPING INC.
Powers now lives and works with his family, on the beautiful Monterey Bay.
The following by Bruce Curtis,
Landscape contractor Jeff Powers is California casual when he talks about his work, but the layer of cool professional competence is never far from view. Like a Hitchcock cameo, little touches of 'aw-shucks' whimsy show up even in his most upscale landscape projects. Given a choice, he'd probablybe out there digging and planting somethingin the dirt outside his office.
"My folks tell a story about when I was five years old. They bought a house in Newport Beach, I took them to a nursery and bought plants and told them where they ought to go." Eventually fed up with young Jeff tearing up their landscaping and putting in his own, he was given a plot of ground behind the garage so he could dig up and replant undisturbed.
" My Dad wanted me to be an attorney, so I signed up for pre-law, but then, I moved to Aspen for a couple of years." His Dad cut him off. Later, Jeff returned to Laguna Beach, just embarking on an upscale boom. He began designing landscapes for customers who came to him on the strength of positive referrals."I was doing pretty good stuff, and it sort of occurred to me that I would rather be doing this than dealing with a lot of problems in the legal system, so I decided to study Landscape Architecture under Fred Lang, ASLA at UCI."
Powers' decision turned out to be the right one, and a decade later he'd turned his passionate hobby into a business that grew into a multi million dollar, 140 employee landscape design and construction company with clients like the California Speedway and the Los Angeles' Staples Center sports arena. After 35 years, however, Powers was looking to make some quality- of- life changes and the first step was to right-size his firm.
Today he builds and maintains turnkey landscape projects for large HOA's, upscale residences, corporate headquarters, an apartment complex, but doing things the way Jeff Powers has always done it; word of mouth.
"We don't take on probably two thirds of the requests we receive, we don't advertise, except to the professional community, and that makes a difference," says Jeff. The best advertising though has to be all the awards, dozens of them.
A homeowner commissioned Powers, whose final creation, a mysterious and private hedge cove paved and curbed in blue slate, received an industry association award. Other awards include a Lesco-sponsored hillside stabilization and landscape project, a regal gated residential drive and entryway, and a restaurant that overflows outside in a riot of colorful hedges and Asian canopy themed dining tables. All seem to say the same thing: we can be serious but still have fun. His peers often recognize that fact, and the award plaques stack up inside his south coast office.
"I am always delighted, I love to share my work," says Powers'. "Our carpenters, our masons, our plantsmen, it's a huge effort and to pull it off is gratifying, and it's a release." Even after 35 years, Powers finds great satisfaction in the logistical dance of a myriad of details and the coordination of various crews. But when a project is done, and itlooks so simple... "It looks like, 'wow, how could that have been such an arduous process, it's so naturally beautiful'."
Powers is pleased that his work, which has already drawn the attention of the Los Angeles Times and their architectural writers, and is soon to be featured inseveral Luxury Living and lifestyle books. His work has been the subject of the cover of several hard cover books highlighting house building, architects, interior design and furniture. Eventhe Wall Street Journal hasn't overlooked Jeff's work, and he's gained attentionfor upscale coastal residences he's helped transform, in a book entitled, Secret Gardens of Laguna Beach.
Travel south of the Los Angeles area's coastal plain, past surfer-chic Newportand you enter the hillsides of Laguna Beach, a former bohemian counter-culture mecca that has since moved upscale. At it's southern edge of town, and site of a former artist colony, sits Laguna's exclusive and top rated Montage Resort & Spa. Here Powers' team found a way to visually funnel the panorama of a jade-colored Pacific coast cove into the five-star resort's grounds. Horseshoe shaped formal gardens frame a classic rectangular swimming pool, while wall of stacked stone hide spa fountains designed to help guests escape as they unwind. Imagine luxuriating at deserted Baja beach front hot springs where cell call and cares fade.
Never far from it's roots, the resort features colorful ceramic wall dioramas and other touches of art that reveal themselves unexpectedly as guests stroll the extensive pathways. An easy traverse descends to a surreal-sculpted art deco balcony overlooking the cove's iridescent waters. In 35 years, Powers hasn't tired of creating such spaces. He won't let himself be confined to any single style signature either.
"The strength of our company is that we don't have just one style," says Jeff, "lots of architectural companies have an identity that when you drive by you say,'oh, that's so-and-so', but the thing about us is that we really listen to the client and are sensitive to the site. Powers says the end result of that sort of collaboration is always a unique experience. "Whether they're California Natives, tropicals, ornamental gardens, or we mix a combination, the patterns, textures and colors reflect the client and architect's respond to the site.
The design process for Jeff takes in both the client and the project architect. The earlier the contractor is on board and develops a close working relationship with the architect, site and client the more successful the project will be.
"We're very sensitive to the architect and their plans and strive to draw out and develop in a way what can't be worked out on paper", says Powers, noting that ultimately the intangible quality of artistry shapes and defines the project.
Things are changing along the California's Coast; population growth and prosperity have caused coastal home prices to soar and that means a lot of remodeling. Jeff says about half his work now consists of remodels, some are nearly clean sites, where older homes have given way to waves of wealth and gentrification. Powers is enjoying working on a huge makeover of actor John Wayne's former Newport Beach digs, and he's giving a lot of thought to how outdoor living is changing the way we use the garden space.
"Clients are asking me to create these outdoor rooms, pizza kitchen," he explains. "People are moving outside more than I saw in previous decades". At the same time, landscape customers are becoming more discriminating. "Clients expect even a higher degree of quality, not only in construction but in materials. Before, a client might ask for a simple retaining wall, but today it's going to be faced with stone; themes are much more enhanced and developed".
Which leads Powers to the subject of high tech environments; how electronic features and computers are finding their way into landscape design."Powers' best example is a project he installed that involves an irrigation controller which takes no human interaction, and was installed for the County of Orange Parks Dept. at their Yorba Linda Regional Park. The system works like a computer. Program in the type of landscape, lawn or shrub, site conditions, slope or flat, clay or sandy soils, shade or sun exposures. Program in the address and the system daily updates, adjusts and measures the controller by tracking weather data from a NationalOceanic and Atmospheric satellite. Downloading it to the site controller, the weather data changes the watering schedules daily. Powers is excitedbysuch technology because it virtually eliminates runoff, saving precious resources in the arid west.
And, though landscape creatorJeff Powers has downsized his business, the boy who was always planting and digging at home is still inside and he isn't even close to retiring, at least not as long as clients come forward with requests for innovative landscape projects.
"The thing about me is that I love the garden," and that, says Powers, "sums it up perfectly."
by Bruce Curtis, Landscape Design Magazine.
"Thank you for a great job constructing and maintaining our landscape project on schedule, and most importantly, on budget, effortlessly! Your the 'A' team."
Frank and Betty Everett.
"A few of the many positive aspects of working with the Powers' team are-- all affiliated with the company are professional, the workmanship is excellent and the final product is on time and beautiful."
David and Gayle Majit.
"I am extremely satisfied with the management and end result of our project and would be happy to recommend your firm. We will definitely contract with you again on any corporate or personal projects."
John Jay Ginter lll,
"The Inn at Laguna Beach has never looked this good and well manicured. Thank you so much for giving our guests a wonderful experience consistent with our standards."
"I authorize you to use my name for a job well done. I am exceptionally pleased with our within budget, on time and beautifully constructed garden, the weekly landscape maintenance team is, as you said, follow through and attention to detail."
David and Carrie Williams
"The management team has "gone out of their way" to make us satisfied customers. We are very pleased with the final production."
Mr. and Mrs. Watkins.
"We knew that we were in for a treat when we hired the Powers team. We did not know how pleased we would be with the results. Please use my comments on your website."
Greg and Rhonda Selmanson.
We are delighted with our experience working with such a knowledgeable staff of professionals. We look forward to many more years of landscape service."
Al and Diana Loschiavo.
"Thank you for professional and dependable landscape crews I do not have to think about. I knew that, however, when I saw you walking the job site the first day, and that continued through out to completion."
Mike and Polly Smith.
"Your professional team provides the best consistent and knowledgeable service with great attention to detail and communication. We are very pleased with the process and the completed project. "
Chris and Sandra Stookey.
"If you want the best, hire the best."
Denis and Robin LaBonge.
"The project is innovative, unusual, remarkably attractive and practical. Our friends and neighbors are extremely impressed and complimentary--without exception."
Don Sperling, M.D.
"Jeff has a way to turn any project and endeavor to gold. I have enjoyed working with him on my convalescent hospitals in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Pasadena and Palm Springs."
D. S. Shea.
"I knew what I wanted when I had Ron Pallen design my wonderful hill top home with coastal and white water ocean views. My garden was a different story. I had a few photos of plants I like, and then told Jeff I needed a little water element. Well, the rest is history as they say. My garden was eventually published in the L.A. Times as a beautiful and private fire safe garden retreat. Thank you for my prized and special place to be, my garden."
Jeff is a miracle worker with the land, designing unique, artistic landscapes, even in his architectural design. His workmanship and focus on detail is exceptional. He transformed our yard from mundane to magnificent. I have admired his work for over 17 years, and have known many of his clients. Barbara and I would recommend his company, COASTAL LANDSCAPING INC. for any landscape management project.
Josh Reynolds, Direct Response Marketing.