|Sometimes the smallest, most inconsequential thing, like a roll of film, for instance, can have, the biggest of impacts on our lives. And such was the case when in 1985 Lisa Toby bopped into Palmers Camera in Berkeley. Having graduated from CCA where she studied Printmaking and Photography, Lisa's career as an artist was already up and running and her work represented by a number of prestigious galleries. But her pictures required film -- back then at least they did -- and on this particular Fall day with exquisite light, she didn't have any. And so to Palmers she went...
There she was helped by Tim, then a senior at UCB finishing up his thesis on the photography of Robert Adams. Having spent much of his childhood in England, Tim was greatly influenced by the gardens there, and upon returning to California to become a student at Cal, Tim took a job as chief gardener at a remote creekside estate in Piedmont.
Within a year Tim and Lisa were working together maintaining gardens. This quickly segued to small layout changes, and, before long, entire garden redos.
Doing art and making gardens became and continues to be the structure of their lives together, complementing, challenging and inspiring each other's vision and aesthetic in everything they do.
Over time GLD's work has become more architectural in its scope. Tim and Lisa feel that planting is the icing, and too often it's spread over a crumbling, ill-conceived cake. Many homes in the Bay Area are often in need of new hardscape and conceptual vision.. it is an opportunity to give good structure and flow to the gardens adorning the beautiful architecture that graces our environment.
The Goodmans take pride in their highly talented, skilled crew, who have been with them for many years. They oversee every step of the installations of their designs, and are known for high quality and artfulness, their standard. Their landscapes beautify and add value, reflecting Tim and Lisa's commitment to enhancing the wonderfully varied architecture and natural beauty of the Bay Area. The Goodmans strive to create gardens that invite closer scrutiny, that reward the errant stroll, and offer up a visual and sensual respite from the hectic demands of our daily lives.
2011 marks Goodman Landscape Design's 25th anniversary.
Honors and Awards
C.L.C.A. (California Landscape Contractors Association) San Francisco Bay Area East Sweepstakes Award for the Buchholz Residence (Rugby Ave, Kensington) for 2009
C.L.C.A. (California Landscape Contractors Association) San Francisco Bay Area East, first place award for large residential design and installation for the Anderson Residence (Yale Circle, Kensington) for 2009
2007 City of San Rafael design award/honorable mention for landscaping and site enhancements for 7 &11 Mark Drive, San Rafael - a collaboration with Rynerson & O’Brien Architecture
Masters of Design Award from Pool & Spa News, July 10, 2006
"Best Outdoor Living," City of Piedmont, 2006 Design Award, Piedmont, CA
Selected by the Park Day Garden Committee to be represented in the “Secret Gardens of the East Bay” garden tour for 1998, 2002, 2005 and 2009
C.L.C.A. (California Landscape Contractors Association) Statewide Trophy Awards, first place award for large residential design and installation for 2005
B.A.H.A. (Berkeley Architectural Historical Association) award for best residential architectural remodel and landscaping for 2004
B.A.H.A. (Berkeley Architectural Historical Association) award for best residential restorative landscape design and installation for 2003
Co-winner (with Radcliff Architects) of Concrete Masonry Association’s Honor award for the private design category for 2004
C.L.C.A. (California Landscape Contractors Association) first place award for medium residential design and installation for the Bay Area in 1997
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery’s first place award for best medium sized garden (open to Bay Area) for 1995
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery's first place award for best small garden (open to the Bay Area) for 1992
Old House Journal
Lawn and Landscape
The San Francisco Chronicle
Contra Costa Times
Taunton Press' Tile Idea Book<br>
Pool & Spa News
Sunset's Curb Appeal
House Colors by Susan Hershman of STUDIO+ONE:DESIGN 2007
Sunset's Western Landscaping Book
HGTV's Home and Garden
Berkeley Rocks - building with nature by Jonathan Chester
Taunton Press' in-laws, outlaws, and granny flats by Michael Litchfield