About The Aldrich Company
The Aldrich Company's work has been recognized with annual design awards from Montecito Beautification, Santa Barbara Beautiful, Santa Ynez Beautification - and most recently (2015 thru 2018), awarded Best Landscape Design by Houzz - the international website.
Services include conceptual and complete landscape architectural drawings, installation oversight and maintenance supervision. Twenty+ years of experience has enabled Ms. Aldrich to assemble a strong team of professional crafts-persons (ie. landscape contractors, general contractors, pool contractors, stone masons, water feature designers and lighting specialists) all bring custom creativity to each design project.
~ About Alida Aldrich ~
Alida Aldrich, principal designer at The Aldrich Company, launched her landscape design business in Los Angeles in 1982. Having an appreciation for the more rural feel of Santa Barbara, and to expand her company’s reach, she opened her office in Montecito in 1996.
Passionate about her work - and her clients, Ms. Aldrich’s award-winning landscape designs have been featured in Montecito Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine, California Homes Magazine, Seasons Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The Santa Barbara News-Press.
A list of references may be provided upon request.
~ My Design Principals ~
My design goals have always been the same: loyalty to my client’s personal vision, consideration for the building architecture, and respect for the existing landscape.
Santa Barbara’s mild climate is fortunate to be one of six Mediterranean regions on Earth. But… this blessing calls for a specific plant palette when designing a garden.
Climate change aside, environmental conditions drive the meticulous evaluation of a site before designing a successful - and sustainable garden.
I take my cue for a garden design based upon the architectural style of a residence. Working with a broad Mediterranean plant palette doesn’t restrict the design to a Spanish-style garden . It is possible to design gardens that compliment Contemporary, Tropical, Seaside, Traditional, Historical and even Asian architecture.
Guided by a rich plant palette, the design principals of texture / shape / color / and size - as well as a sensitivity to ‘form follows function’ - I am able to create graceful gardens for my clients to enjoy – year round.
Reminder: Even a Drought Resistant Garden requires maintenance. Protect your investment and personal pleasure by taking thoughtful care of your garden.
~ Testamonials ~
First of all, the yard looks amazing. What a great layout Alida. Great work! Wyatt, amazing crew and you! My husband highly complemented all of you and was happy with the final look as well. LOVE my upstairs patio.
Rincon Beach, Ventura, CA
So I am beyond thrilled with it here, everyone who has seen it is. thank you!!!
Over the last fourteen years I have been privileged to work with Alida Aldrich on the landscape design of two quite different homes in Montecito. Ms. Aldrich is a dedicated professional whose artistic vision is enhanced by a sensitivity to her client's needs. She has made each experience a very happy collaboration, indeed.
I have seen several of Alida's finished projects and am most impressed. She is talented, professional, and has a great eye for color and design. Our project with her was very rewarding, timely and is MOST satisfying.