Loretta Gargan holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and a BA in Studio Art from Mills College. A keen interest in art, architecture, and design continues to inform her work. She began her career working for Topher Delaney and Andrea Cochran. She has been the principal of Loretta Gargan Landscape + Design in San Francisco since 2000, concentrating on residential design - from urban roof top gardens to a fifty acre site in the Santa Lucia Preserve. She was the recipient of a Creative Work Fund Grant that involved working with middle school students to design and implement a schoolyard garden. Along with her partner, Catherine Wagner, she has also worked on multiple public art projects, adding plant and hardscaping elements to the overall design of the artworks.
Loretta was born and raised in California and has a deep appreciation for the native Northern California landscape. She works closely with her clients to understand their needs and desires, and interpret these artistically to create a space that is meaningful to them. She has a minimalist approach to design, drawing inspiration from both Japanese and California modernist styles. Her designs often include built elements within the garden, harmonizing the fabricated with the natural, the functional with the aesthetic.