Awards + Press

  • The award season just doesn’t stop for Torrey Pines Landscape Company! The company was recently recognized for its Rancho Santa Fe Mediterranean garden design in the 2024 Best Of Houzz Awards. The annual Best of Houzz awards showcase the Houzz community’s top picks for designs and renovations that transformed the residential landscape over the past year. Of the more than three million home professionals featured on Houzz, less than 2% manage to snag the award each year. Houzz awards are bestowed on winners in three separate categories: design, service, and photography. The design award given to Torrey Pines Landscape Co. was created to recognize the professionals whose work drove the most engagement and received the most ideabook bookmarks, putting them squarely on the bleeding edge of design. Design awards are divided into categories for indoor and outdoor spaces, including kitchens, entryways, and landscapes. The Rancho Santa Fe design was chosen as the best classical landscape design in San Diego. The design was inspired by the Mediterranean design of the home itself, transforming a typical suburban lawn into an idyllic and rustic garden. Turf and cement were removed in favor of a stepping stone pathway lined with rose bushes and lavender, terminating in a series of flagstone patios overlooking the rugged coastal southern California hillsides. The stepping stone walkway was accented with water feature focal points and shaded benches for quiet contemplation and enjoyment. An upper terrace containing an infinity pool and multi-level patio was also added to provide an entertaining refuge on the long summer days. This project was also recognized by HGTV in 2018 for its timeless look. HGTV writes, “With a view like this, the homeowners might just think they went to bed in San Diego and woke up in Tuscany. Trimmed hedges and flowers surround the stone patio and add a romantic touch to the setting.” Read more about the design here. The Torrey Pines Landscape Company team has a long and storied history with the Annual Best of Houzz Awards, and each award drives the company forward in its mission to innovate the field of landscape design. Expect many more Torrey Pines designs to be featured in the Houzz awards in years to come!

  • The awards just keep rolling in! Last week, we announced that Torrey Pines Landscape Company had won the much-vaunted President’s Award from the California Landscape Contractors Association, but the recognition didn’t stop there! Torrey Pines also nabbed the CLCA’s Outstanding Achievement award for the residential design and build category. The recent total property makeover in Encinitas was the design that gave the company the edge over the competition! As our first announcement post covered, the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) is a statewide non-profit trade organization comprising state-licensed landscape and landscape-related limited specialty contractors. The organization’s 2,500-strong membership roster also includes suppliers, landscape architects, educators, public officials, and students. The San Diego chapter of the CLCA’s annual Beautification Awards showcases the impressive work of its members, representing some of the best and brightest landscaping contractors in the world. 18 award categories recognize individual elements of a design-build project, including lighting and water efficiency, and overall recognition of a project’s scope and quality. The Outstanding Achievement Award for design and build for residential construction recognizes the complexity of a redesign and the skill of the contractor’s team in successfully implementing that design. The project recognized - an Encinitas property situated on a downward-sloping hill - redesigned the entryway to the property, expanded the seating areas, added a custom patio cover, planted with drought tolerant and native plants, and designed a new pool area within the slope.  Mark Southern, Registered Landscape Architect and Project Manager states, “The overall simplicity of this project exhibits restraint in design while showcasing high quality craftsmanship. We have considerable detailing on this project which elevates the experience and timelessness of this build”. Read more about the project here. 2023 was a banner year for Torrey Pines Landscape Co., but the team believes that they are just getting started. Keep an eye on this space—with spring and summer quickly approaching, landscape renovation and reconstruction are here, and Torrey Pines has plenty of exciting projects coming up the pipeline!

  • We have some exciting news! Last year, it was announced that Torrey Pines Landscaping Company was declared the 2023 CLCA Presidential Award winner in their annual Beautification Awards! The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) is a statewide non-profit trade organization comprising state-licensed landscape and landscape-related limited specialty contractors. The organization’s 2,500-strong membership roster also includes suppliers, landscape architects, educators, public officials, and students. The CLCA performs a variety of functions for both members and the public at large. The organization and its 15 constituent chapters provide contractor certification opportunities, put on public events, and highlight its members' most impressive landscape designs and beautification projects. The San Diego chapter of the CLCA’s annual Beautification Awards is the organization’s way of showcasing the impressive work of its members, who represent some of the best and brightest landscaping contractors in the world. 18 award categories exist that recognize individual elements of a design-build project, including lighting and water efficiency, as well as overall recognition of a project’s scope and quality. The President’s Award - a distinction for the best entry in any landscape installation, landscape renovation, or Green category - was awarded to Torrey Pines Landscape Company for their recent total property redesign in La Jolla. This project created a three-tier extended entertainment area from a previously unusable hillside, effectively doubling the usable space and beautifying the remainder.  Mark Southern, Registered Landscape Architect and Project Manager states, “This project exemplifies design-build at a large scale. It had many challenges that needed to be overcome to complete. We seamlessly integrated new construction with existing & developed every inch possible for this client.”. When asked, “What special or unique problems were encountered with this project?” he answered, “The slope development was the most difficult task. Construction of the boulder rip-rap & timber steps was very challenging.”. Read more about the project here. Torrey Pines Landscape Co. is no stranger to being awarded for its designs, but that doesn’t mean the company has any intention of resting on its laurels. With each new award comes a renewed determination to remain on the cutting edge of landscape design and construction!

  • Often, homeowners design their properties to reflect some aspect of themselves in order to increase the comfort and ‘hominess’ of their house and signal to guests what they value. Aspirations, hobbies, and interests are all incorporated in the interior and exterior designs of the property to best confer the owner’s personality and help them tell the story of who they are through visual cues. For this Del Mar property owner, the love of Hawai’i was first on their mind when they set out to restyle their home and bring just a small taste of island living to their mainlander home. To bring this tropical island flavor to the sandy shores of southern California, they hired the Torrey Pines Landscape Company to design and implement a full makeover of their backyard. The grounds gently transition into a grassy hill that separates the property from the waterfront, this created a perfect opportunity for a visual focal point. Ripping out an old outdoor kitchen area, the crew installed a cascading waterfall made of piled flagstones set into the hill, bordered by a raised bench and a new bed for a variety of tropical plants that climbs with the slope. The bench utilizes a combination of natural rock flagstone and sand-finished concrete, which the crew incorporated into a new walkway to connect the different features of the new garden. This use of stone is an essential part of the tropical aesthetic with the inclusion of a border fence of natural boulders being used to separate the usable outdoor living space from the new beds. A tropical backyard is incomplete without a spot to eat outside and enjoy the weather, so the crew created a new outdoor kitchen island utilizing lapidus granite with a leather finish for the countertop and sand-finished concrete for the structure. The island includes all-new stainless-steel appliances, including a four-burner barbeque inset into the structure, minifridge, and storage space. As one ventures further out into the garden, the view is dominated by new beds of tropical flora bordering all sides of the property, grading upwards from short-broadleaf shrubs to taller palm fronds to ensure a little extra privacy for those enjoying the backyard. The inclusion of new standing oil torches and hammock allows for a comfortable and atmospheric summer night cozying up and gazing at the stars. The crew finished out the job with the installation of something completely new to the garden – a raised stone platform at the border of the hill’s escarpment that housed a custom spa and fire pit, two items a backyard getaway can’t do without. Built using the same natural flagstone and concrete incorporated into the rest of the garden's new hardscape, the structure is situated next to the hidden steps that lead you up and over the hill and towards the sea, creating a secretive escape from the tropics to the Southern California beach. Once the work was complete, a step into the new garden was like being transported a thousand miles southwest to the secluded islands of Hawai’i. The only thing missing was the ukulele music playing and someone passing out a lei when walking through the door, but the happy homeowner will take care of that for his guests!   Awards for this Project 2019 CLCA AWARD – DESIGN & BUILD CONTSTRUCTION MEDIUM FIRST PLACE WINNER 2019 CLCA AWARD – WATER FEATURE FIRST PLACE 2019 CLCA AWARD – LANDSCAPE LIGHTING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD  

  • It’s been over two years since I was first contacted by Bill and Ana Drew to provide a patio covering for their barbeque, though it feels now like it was only months ago. It started as a modest project centered around the outdoor kitchen, but the Drews’ vision for their house expanded as time went on, transforming it into one of the most sophisticated and beautiful projects the company has ever undertaken. Two years after meeting the lovely couple, I woke up to the news that our design had been featured in San Diego Home & Garden to rave reviews. Their description of the project is far more succinct and elegant than anything I could ever put into words: “Over the next two years, the couple worked with award-winning landscape contractor Harry Thompson of Torrey Pines Landscape Company to create elegant garden rooms around a new pool house designed by San Diego architect Keoni Rosa. Inspired by everything from the latest postings on Houzz to classic formal gardens, wine-country ambience and even Hearst castle, the Drews wanted to blend elegant European design with California’s relaxed lifestyle for a look both timely and timeless.” Ana’s vision of the landscape was indeed centered around the concept of ‘rooms’, with each area providing a distinct aesthetic that melded together the classical and the contemporary to provide a unique and refreshing energy to everyone who stepped into it.       Fountains adorned with Persian tile trickle into polished stone urns that sit across from custom metal window boxes filled with native succulents. Curved pergolas studded with antique brass patio lanterns frame a modern pool pavilion floored with travertine tiles. Dirt paths bisect raised beds bordered with a cream-colored ledgestone.       Each ‘room’ brings you to a different time and place, giving the viewer a journey through the evolution of landscaping in the Mediterranean climate both here in California and abroad in southern France and Italy. The garden juxtaposes the old and the new, providing a common thread that leads from one to the other. The Drews’ project was expansive, but ultimately their vision turned into something pretty magnificent. San Diego Home & Garden took some beautiful pictures of the myriad elements that went into making that vision a reality, which you can find in their article. 

  • Editors’ Pick for Picturesque Landscapes Category

  • Garden of the Year 2016 Winner - "We used to live at The Bridges in Rancho Santa Fe, and we noticed the most beautiful landscaping at one house," Ryan recalls, "It had won an award, so there was a sign saying it was done by Torrey Pines Landscape Company. From then on, we aspired to one day having them do a full design for us."  

  • Garden of the Year 2015 Winner - "The whole back yard has a different feel now that it's been opened up to the ocean view. But I could have my back to the ocean and be perfectly content. I love the landscaping." - Frank Hobbs, homeowner

  • Garden of the Year 2014 Winner - "My favorite thing is the view of all three tiers of the garden from the house." - Bill Keitel, homeowner

2016 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Presidents Award Winner: Sit Residence
  • Winner for Large Landscape Renovation: Sit Residence
  • Winner for Residential Maintenance: Henseler Residence
  • Achievement award for Residential Maintenance: Sit Residence
  • Achievement award for Small Design & Build Construction: Shean Residence
  • Achievement award for Large Design & Build Construction: Henseler Residence

2015 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Winner for Design & Build Construction Estate: Marciano Residence
    Achievement award for Residential Maintenance: Hobbs Residence

2014 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Winner for Medium Landscape Renovation: Hobbs Residence
  • Winner for Large Residential Maintenance: Cross Residence

2013 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Winner for Small Design & Build Construction: Carle Residence
  • Achievement award for Residential Maintenance: Franks Residence
  • Judges Award for Landscape Maintenance: Santoro Residence

2012 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Winner for Residential Maintenance: Kee Residence
  • Winner for Large Residential Maintenance: Taliber Residence
  • Winner for Best Water Feature: Cox Residence
  • Achievement award for Medium Design & Build Construction: Weingarden Residence
  • Achievement award for Design & Build Construction Estate: Linden Residence

2011 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Winner for Design & Build Construction Estate: DiCerchio Residence
  • Winner for Residential Maintenance Estate: Glover Residence
  • Achievement award for Residential Maintenance: Keitel Residence

2010 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Achievement award for Medium Design & Build Construction: Cattledge Residence
  • Achievement award for Large Design & Build Construction: Keitel Residence

2009 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Winner for Large Landscape Renovation: Cross Residence
  • Achievement award for Small Residential Maintenance: Lyle Residence

2008 CLCA SAN DIEGO LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

  • Winner for Medium Residential Construction: Bernicker Residence
  • Achievement award for Medium Residential Construction: Mason Residence

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