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Margie Grace

Grace Design Associates, Inc. (GDA)


Margie Grace, owner of the award-winning California-headquartered Grace Design Associates, Inc. (GDA), is a landscape designer and a licensed landscape contractor. An avid traveler and perpetual student of the world's gardens, she has made her own garden in Spain, Australia and New Zealand over the past two decades, prior to settling in Santa Barbara. She prides herself on bringing the values of old world craftsmanship and a sophisticated design sense to her work on residential gardens, both large and small. Her love of architecture, gardens and environment are reflected in her hobbies, as well. She is currently working on her eighth home renovation, having learned "hands-on" all aspects of remodeling and construction, interior and exterior. Her skills include masonry, carpentry, framing, electrical, plumbing and roofing. She is familiar with both modern and traditional building materials and techniques. A bit of a renaissance woman, Margie is equally at ease with a jackhammer, a sewing machine, a chop saw, a sketching pad, a wood chisel, a microphone or a paintbrush.
Grace's formal training is in the earth sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology with a minor in geology, awarded in 1981 from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Grace has also studied design and illustration extensively at the University of California at Los Angeles, and at Santa Barbara City College.
Grace is a sought after teacher and guest speaker throughout the western United States. She has been featured on HGTV's hit show "Landscapers' Challenge," and in numerous national publications, including Traditional Homes, Better Homes & Gardens and Garden Design. In her home town of Santa Barbara, Grace chaired several Santa Barbara Beautiful Arbor Day projects, serves as liaison advisory to the Santa Barbara School District on its garden projects, and is responsible for spearheading numerous beautification programs at local playgrounds and parks. She is an officer in The Green Building Alliance, is active in the local Contractors Association and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

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