The Team

Natalie Cousins-Robledo Owner, Designer

Photo by TGR

After completing a Certification program at Cal State Northridge in 1999, Natalie began her career at a Landscape Architectural firm. Working on public projects from the ground up she acquired a diverse array of knowledge and expertise on everything from client care to horticulture, and irrigation to concrete. The projects she managed included private gardens, playgrounds, skate parks and beachfront public plazas.

In 2004, she made the move towards landscape design for the private homeowner by founding Minanda Landscape Design. She has seen it grow from a one woman operation to a 3 division company with a dynamic team of design and horticultural professionals.

As owner and principal designer, Natalie believes in creating spaces that speak to each individual client and their design aesthetic. She uses a diverse array of plant materials in the garden that reflect beauty, plant diversity, sustainability, and are appropriate for the unique Southern California climate. Always adhering to the Watershed Wise Approach, all projects are designed with the focus of conserving and retaining water on site.

She has won awards for her work and spent multiple seasons working on the hit landscape makeover show HGTV’s The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie (2010-12).

Jon Flack, Maintenance Supervisor

A certified Master Gardener and designer, Jon has over 20 years of fine gardening, maintenance and supervisory experience in the landscape industry. He has owned his own business and most recently has been managing Minanda Landscape Design’s Maintenance division for over a year. He brings a watchful eye to the gardens and maintains the highest standards for plant care.

Amy Schad, Office Manager

As our office manager, Amy keeps this operation running. With her extensive background and experience in the field of healthcare research she brings with her a broad foundation of organization and management skills. She not only handles the day to day aspects of organizing and bookkeeping but she is integral to the writing and implementation of our standards of practice.

Jana Hejduková, Garden Specialist

Born in Czechoslovakia, Jana has a degree in psychology and taught English and music at the high school level. She moved to the US in 2002, first working as a Czech language subtitle editor. She soon took an interest in gardening, experimenting and educating herself in the vast resources available locally about California’s year-round gardening opportunities. She has worked for Minanda Landscape Design for the past 6 years, and has particular expertise in grafting, pruning and growing edible plants. She also designs gardens and plans to advance her education in landscape design. She sees maintaining gardens of others as an opportunity to work closely with even more plants while continuing to learn.

Jonas Stafford, Garden Specialist

Study in visual arts, biology and ecology at the University of California San Diego is the foundation of Jonas’s education. He has always enjoyed growing and collecting plants. He has studied plant propagation at The Huntington Library and Los Angels Arboretum and has been volunteering for the Farm Project at the Arboretum for the past several years. The Farm Project is focused on Watershed Wise landscaping and implementing water capturing, climate appropriate planting and attraction of pollinators. Recently Jonas has begun volunteering at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden as well.

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