“I have been using Ecoscapes Landscaping for 17 years and my property is ‘OH’ so much better for it.  Michael Nelson and his crew have transformed what was a nasty mess of nothing into a natural looking “zen-like” landscape.  I am a designer myself and have always driven the design aspect of any given project.  I am very definite about what I want and picky about the results. We even had a spread in last year’s Su Casa Spring Issue…..on my beautiful “zen oasis” back yard.   Ecoscapes is always very accommodating and eager to please with a staff of knowledgable people that are so lovely to deal with, they feel like friends.  They care for my property like I do, with a loving touch and desire to “make it right and make it beautiful”.  From Michael, to the drip irrigation guys, and all the way down to the sweet guys who do the hard labor…..they are courteous, respectful of my privacy, neat and friendly. I have called them on the spur of the moment several times with an emergency water situation or an unexpected job and they are amazingly prompt about getting someone over here…sometimes the same day!  We have put all my plantings and pots on drip so I don’t need to worry about them or manage them and the results are fabulous.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. I get constant compliments on my landscaping and I owe it all to them.

(Mary Ann Salomone, Cents-ible Decorating, Santa Fe, NM)

“EcoScapes has been our landscaping contractor for the last 9 years. We originally retained Ecoscapes to install an irrigation system in our yard. We were pleased with their work, and the cost, and retained them to handle our regular maintenance. When we built a new home, EcoScapes prepared a beautiful landscaping plan, and installed the trees, shrubs, and rock work. We have been very happy with the professionalism and responsiveness of the entire EcoScapes team from Nicole on maintenance, Chris on irrigation, Peggy on design to Michael Nelsen as owner. Our neighbors retained EcoScapes based upon our positive experience, and they have been equally happy with the company.”

 (Holly & Ken, East Side)


“We actually made a photo of the new garden the main part of our holiday letter, showing us sitting on the stone bench just before it snowed.  We think Peggy designed such a great space for us,  we can’t thank her enough.  We also were more than  satisfied with Michael and his crew’s work, taking down the wall and carting it away which was major job.   The approach to the house and the view out of the kitchen window are so much more pleasant than before.  The rain barrels will be a great help in the summer catching the run-off from the canals.  Before the wall came down, there was a very narrow path from the patio to the front, not wide enough for any rain barrels.  We love the way the whole yard now is contoured and are looking forward to the spring when the trees and bushes will leaf out.”

 (Renate & John, downtown Santa Fe)


“In the summer of 2014 we purchased a newly built home on a small parcel of land on the historic East Side of Santa Fe. The property had significant landscaping challenges. We searched for a landscaper who we felt would turn our modest outdoor space into something we could truly enjoy and be proud of. We decided to go with EcoScapes and were very pleased with the people, the process, and the results. Here’s why:

  • They responded promptly to our initial inquiry.
  • Our first meeting with Peggy and Michael gave us confidence that they had the know-how and resources to do an excellent job. They had many good ideas and thoughtful suggestions and were sensitive to our likes and dislikes.
  • They prepared a detailed plan that was discussed and modified. They patiently answered our questions and offered alternatives.
  • The work involved removing a bunch of already existing undesirable material, then installing new plants and an irrigation system. They also installed a beautiful new fountain, additional patio stone work, and outdoor lighting.
  • The crew that executed the plan was skilled, hard working, friendly, and helpful.
  • Because of the excellent process and result, we decided to have EcoScapes maintain our outdoor space as well.

Because of EcoScapes’ good work, we are confident that we will enjoy many years of beautiful and well-maintained outdoor space. Many thanks to Peggy, Michael, Nicole, Chris, and the rest of the crew for a job well done. We recommend EcoScapes highly and without reservation. It is a first class operation that is a pleasure to work with”

(Fred & Nancy, East Alameda)



“I am so happy to have experienced the landscape and gardening care provided by my assigned team of EcoScapes’ gardeners.  Their cooperation and well-considered solutions to problems and design delivered over the last 4 or 5 years have made it a pleasure to rely upon their service and expertise.  Thank you, EcoScapes!”

(Louise, Camino Carlos Rey)


“We have spent the last year working exclusively with EcoScapes in order to create a masterplan for our half acre property. Working with Michael and Peggy on the design was a totally collaborative effort and I loved the thoughtful, careful approach that they took with our needs as a family. Peggy’s talent in design is matched by her expertise and care regarding the plants themselves–you can see that her designs come from a true place of loving her work. I appreciated the fact that she even thought of stone work in the back yard in terms of our toddler putting the beach pebbles in his mouth. As our design changed to suit a home renovation, EcoScapes has been there to consult with us and adapt to our plans and dreams for the way we want to live in our yard.”

 (Hinsley Residence, downtown Santa Fe)


Having moved to Santa Fe this last summer (in the Historic Eastside), my husband and Ifound that our garden was in dire need of renovation and restoration and some new design implementation.  Michael and his team at EcoScapes were recommended to us and we are very happy that we called them.  Michael responded to us immediately and made a house/garden call with his designer, Peggy and irrigation expert, Chris.  We discussed ideas, plans and a budget.  In the following few weeks, the irrigation problems were attended to.  Peggy also followed through with design ideas and excellent suggestions for renovating stonework, drainage and plantings. The maintenance and renovation crew (with manager, Nicole) is excellent, thorough and friendly.  We have been extremely pleased with the communication and flexibility of the EcoScapes team to work with us regarding timing and our budget.  We are looking forward to this spring when the design and planting can be implemented and we can enjoy our new ‘magical garden’!

(Christine & Jack, downtown Santa Fe)