About Dennis Murray
Dennis is a life long naturalist who has been fortunate enough to work in many aspects of landscaping. Early in his career, Dennis was fortunate enough to work at a Walnut Creek retail nursery. This provided an environment where he learned about the many plants, soils, and complexities of landscapes. He developed an understanding of how the Bay Area’s varied microclimates could impact each of these.
In 1981, the nursery closed but Dennis had created some strong customer relationships. He began doing landscape maintenance for many of these clients. Many of these individuals then sought Dennis’s assistance in building beautiful, complex landscapes. As a result, Dennis obtained his contractor’s license and Meadowbrook Design, a landscape construction firm, was born.
Early in Meadowbrook’s life cycle, Dennis knew that he needed to gain some knowledge. Thus, he hired expert professionals who taught him how to install irrigation systems and lay patios, build retaining walls, pools and the outdoor kitchens and other elements that turn backyards into the extended living spaces that Bay Area homeowners love.
Landscape Architecture Degree
As his knowledge and experience grew, Dennis began doing much of the design work on his projects, which he loved, and he knew that if he really wanted to become an accomplished landscape designer, he needed a degree in Landscape Architecture. Dennis was accepted at UC Davis, at that time the premier Landscape Architecture school in the area; it was the early 1990s, and they were just beginning to use computer cad programs, so Dennis was fortunate to get in on the ground level of computer-generated landscape design. Dennis received his degree in Landscape Architecture in 1995.
Over the past few years, he has specialized in residential design and construction projects that reflect environmental sustainability. He understands that each client views landscaping differently and is using his background to mesh the experience and education to develop the amazing design within their home. Even during the drought, he understood drought-tolerant landscapes. Many clients who were used to luxurious green lawns dreaded even having a conversation about converting to a more water-resistant environment. Many clients envisioned a gravel pit with cactuses replacing their existing foliage. But with thoughtful planting and some creativity, Dennis can create beautiful landscapes that are drought tolerant.
Dennis has four grandchildren, all of whom live in the Bay Area and whom he sees often. In his spare time he loves to read, hike, go to movies and, of course, garden—“I never tire of design, of making things grow, planning my next project. Working in my yard is a creative outlet and very soothing for me.”
Associations, affiliations, and degrees
Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, University of California at Davis
California Licensed Contractor, Landscape Contractor (c-27 653272)
Member, Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
Member, California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA)
California Certified Nurseryman
Contact Dennis at Dennis@Meadowbrookdesign.com