Welcome To My Studio
A Virginia native, I grew up surrounded by the some of the country’s most beautiful and historic gardens. I learned the art of fine gardening working alongside my parents, both college professors. My professional life started by working in the tech industry for a few Fortune 500 companies, however, I soon realized I preferred to be out in the garden more than inside an office. I studied at the New York Botanical Garden and got my certificate in Landscape Design and I started my landscape firm as soon as I returned to Los Angeles with my husband and two babies in 2001. I like to think that my gardens meld the beauty and sensibility of the South with Southern California’s cool, timeless aesthetic. I try to seamlessly marry the best of a home’s architecture with its garden.
Andrea Scharff Landscape Design specializes in custom residential and commercial landscape design. The firm’s services include Schematic Landscape Plans, Design Development and Construction Observation. I work frequently with Builders, Architects and Civil Engineers to prepare Landscape Design packages for permitting purposes.
My educational background includes:
The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Bachelor of Arts
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, Master Gardener
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, Certificate in Landscape Design
My business background, gardening and design knowledge and experience ensure that your project will be designed and managed by an experienced professional. I bring to my landscape projects an unsurpassed degree of professionalism, a keen eye on budgets, and an experienced approach to balancing project costs and benefits. With my knowledge of gardening you can rest assured that plant materials selected for your garden will be the best suited for your climate and will thrive for years to come.
My designs have recently been featured in The Los Angeles Times Homes Styles Section and Luxe Magazine.
MEET MY TEAM....
Ken Mendonça is a landscape designer with 29 years of experience working in California, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Hawaii.
He has worked on a broad range of projects which include hotels such as the Mirage, public schools K-9, streetscaping for cities, large scale housing developments, hospitals, single family homes and high-end estates.
He has a strong plant and construction background and is adept at creating unique outdoor environments for our clients that enhance the architecture and that reflects our clients’ needs and personalities.
Ken works for us as a consultant collaborating with Andrea on design, creating construction documents, and project management of the installations of gardens for our clients.
SENIOR LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
SCOTT MICHAEL SHOEMAKER
Scotty is an Associate Landscape Designer and a Landscape Architecture student at UCLA. He has a BA from Wesleyan University in Economics and Environmental Studies where his research focused on cap and trade, carbon tax models, and alternative currencies. Past work experience includes environmental nonprofit management, most recently as Director of Operations of the Northern California Solar Energy Association. Scotty has a deep love for nature and adventure, with a particular interest in regenerative landscapes, coastlines (as a surfer) and Antarctic climates (inspired by a season of work at McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica).
ASSOCIATE LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
Monica is our Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She has a BA in Communication and French, with a leadership certificate, from Hollins University. Monica grew up on a farm in Southwest Virginia where her parents grow pumpkins and have a greenhouse. She has a great appreciation for landscape design and staying connected to nature. Monica was previously an intern with the Estée Lauder Companies where she developed her passion for social media marketing and communications.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Steve's interests have always been in art, design, and archeology. He graduated from USC in 2007 with a BA in Architecture and an AA in Graphic design. Since then, he has been working with leading landscape designers bringing interesting and innovative designs to customers and clientele from around the world.
SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTSPERSON