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dennis-pink-shirtDennis 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

Member, Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce

Contact Dennis at [email protected]


Kristen Murray

Kristen grew up watching her father and grandfather take care of their landscape with love and attention. Joining the family business was never part of her plan but she did have a creative eye. Kristen got her degree in Fashion Design and worked for several large brands before moving on to Medical Sales.

During the pandemic is when things shifted and she discussed working with her dad to help him retire. After a few months of shadowing Dennis, Kristen quit her job and starting working with her dad full time. She picked up the design skills needed quickly because of her background and learned to love the beautiful plants and design aspects of landscape.

One thing she loves most about being a Landscape Designer is the ability to help her clients transform their space into something they will love and can get a lot of use out of. She also loves that she gets to share this passion with her dad. Kristen plans to help her dad retire and continue as the 3rd generation of landscapers in the Murray family.

Contact Kristen at [email protected]