About Linda Bresler

I have been a Landscape Designer for over thirty years. I have horticulture and landscape design certificates from George Washington University, Cuyamaca College and Howard Community College. I am also a licensed C-27 Landscape Contractor, #1036475. Before I became a landscape designer, I was an English and a Reading Disabilities teacher with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

For almost twenty years, my family and I lived on two acres in Poway, CA, where I grew many different kinds of plants. I learned which ones were the most drought tolerant and low maintenance, as well which bloomed for months at a time with minimal water and work, as well as without fertilizer. My family and I now live in Escondido, CA on several acres, and I have enjoyed this new opportunity to explore which are the best succulents, groundcovers, shrubs, and trees for our southern CA environment. From personal experience, I choose the hardiest, most waterwise, low-maintenance plants that look beautiful year-round for my landscape designs.

One of the colorful, xeriscape (low water) gardens that I designed was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Garden of the Year contest sponsored by San Diego Home/Gardens magazine. Another of my designs won the California-friendly Landscape Contest in 2015.

Gardens that I have designed have been featured in a number of magazines and books. The magazines include: San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, Country Gardens, a garden magazine published by Better Homes and Gardens, and Pacific Horticulture. I have also had articles on a variety of horticultural issues, including drought-tolerant plants, published in the San Diego Floral Association’s California Garden magazine, Fine Gardening magazine, the San Diego Horticultural Society’s Let’s Talk Plants newsletter, and the Poway Chieftain newspaper. My gardens have also been included in two books by Debra Lee Baldwin; Succulents Simplified, and Designing with Succulents, 2nd edition.

I have designed all the plantings in and around the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Building at San Diego State University. I have also created landscape designs for a number of home owner associations locally, as well as in Los Gatos, CA.

Among my other community activities was serving as the Chairperson for the annual Spring Garden Tour sponsored by the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club from 2009 – 2012. I have also given talks on plants to the San Diego Spring Home/Garden Show for several years, the San Diego Botanical Garden, Balboa Park’s First Garden Party, several local nurseries, the Master Gardeners’ Spring Seminar, and many local garden and rotary clubs. Gardens that I have designed have also been featured on numerous garden tours.