What Happy Clients Say

Pink on pinkHiring Billy was a little bit like paint by numbers. You get all the experience of a master with the fun of not having to know everything.

Richard Cagley



Thanks, Billy. It was simply great to work with you. You’ve mastered the art of being fun to be with and being thoroughly professional, a rare combination. Wish we had more space so we could continue the collaboration.

Bill Tully, Santa Barbara

Just a note to let you know how pleased Andrea and I were with your decisions at our family home here on Pedregosa Street. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your solving the problem of the weak spot in our otherwise beautiful front yard and entry.

Your choices and reasoning validate your professional reputation, not to mention the fact that you are one of the more interesting personalities I’ve met under any circumstances!

Thanks again.

David W. Fritzen, Founder, Santa Barbara Magazine

Front Yard MakeoverThe design of our garden was a collaborative and exciting process, culminating in the realization of a long time dream come true for us.

The project was completed in June, 2002. The beauty and creativity of the design and installation process was rewarded not only with our joy and satisfaction, but was also validated with the selection of our property for the 2004 Santa Barbara Beautiful award for “Best Sustainable Landscape”.

Our property has been featured in several garden publications and is a frequent showplace for a variety of horticultural tours. It is an inviting habitat for birds and a showcase for a beautiful display of sculptures, water features and other creative and unique artwork.

Billy’s extensive background and experience in landscape architecture, combined with his artistic vision, love of plants and exceptional interpersonal skills, place him at the very top of his profession. We continue to consult with Billy on a regular basis to insure the health and vitality of our garden.

John and Constance Thayer

Romaine_fullBilly Goodnick introduced us to the very valid concept that our backyard is an integral part of our living space. We have now increased our living space to include another dining room, kitchen, and living room, plus a lounge/rest/sunning area, a raised planting bed that brings gifts every day to my family and friends, and a hidden bench swing for quiet reflection.

Billy actually listened when we said we wanted to create large massings of very few types of plants that would work together in color, form, and size, plus be low maintenance and drought tolerant. Now I am happy and proud every time I drive up to our home or relax in the back yard.

Teri & Peter Malinowski

We are only part way through the process with Billy at the moment. However, he came in as an absolute breath of fresh air and managed in a very short space of time to transform what had seemed like an impossibly complicated design task (difficult slope, poor irrigation) into something structured and perfectly manageable. The relief was enormous! He gave us lots of excellent advice and his charges are very reasonable.

A real professional! I would recommend him to anyone.”

Lesley Levy 

First and foremost, Billy Goodnick is a pleasure to work with. He will either partner with you to help you realize your ideas or he will follow his vision and create and develop the whole project for you. He seems to know the name of almost every plant on the planet and all of their peculiarities. Most of all he seems to have a excellent eye for design and has a real joy in what he does.

Lynne Abbey

In the middle of a nightmare hardscape/landscaping project, I found Billy on the Internet. I was particularly intrigued by the idea that he offered ‘coaching,’ thinking that was all I needed—a hour or two with a coach. After meeting with him, I hired him on the spot to do the landscaping design and asked for a recommendation for a contractor to complete the project that had been dragging on.

He came up with a wonderful design particularly well-suited to my tastes and to a very difficult environment. He worked with me to get the perfect plants, offering me a variety of options until we found what I liked best. He recommended an excellent contractor. He is upbeat and fun to work with and extremely knowledgeable. Billy saved me from the insane asylum.

My husband and I and our friends have fallen in love with our little slice of heaven and have put it to the fullest use the entire summer.

Thanks, Billy

Daphne Page

What an unexpected delight to meet a landscape architect with a great sense of humor. Not only am I a satisfied customer, but I smile every time I think of Billy (and so do the plants).

Margaret Staton

We took a landscape class from Billy and were so impressed by him that we had him come to our home for a landscape consultation. He was not only wonderful to work with but had many creative and great design ideas for our garden.

We found Billy to be talented, as well as fun to work with. We are hoping to have him return to help us further with our garden design.

Wayne & Carolyn Larson 

I was impressed with Billy’s casual and “green” approach to my landscaping issues. It was after a half hour or so when I realized that Billy was that “guy on TV.” Billy was a good listener and heard what I wanted and went on to describe it verbally and also drew beautiful plans that matched my vision.

I’d highly recommend Billy for any landscaping consultation.

Richard Wyckoff