About

Oakley Gardens is a boutique landscape design and consulting firm with an emphasis on sustainability.
Each year, we work on a limited number of residential landscape projects.
Send project inquiries to: info@oakleygardens.com
To learn more about our education, outreach, and stewardship work, visit nativeplantgardentour.org and calparks.org/parkchampions.

Margaret Oakley Otto is Design Director for Oakley Gardens, a boutique landscape design and consulting firm in Los Angeles. For nearly a decade, she has designed intimate garden spaces that connect people with nature, and worked on public projects including the East San Fernando Valley Nature Parkway and a Stewardship Plan for Rio de Los Angeles State Park. Margaret co-coordinates the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plant’s annual Native Plant Garden Tour.

Margaret is also a Southern California Field Consultant for the California State Park Foundation’s Park Champions Program. In this role, she coordinates Park Champion volunteer work days, working as a liaison between State Park staff and volunteers. She provides logistical planning, work day management, inspires volunteer engagement and mentors volunteer Core Leaders. She leads Core Leadership trainings throughout the year, and the Program’s annual Native Plant Horticulture Training in Southern California.

Margaret blogs at Acorn Radicle, where she shares the life-affirming tidbits that she gathers from her work with and around the earth.

Margaret earned a B.A. from UCLA in English, with a minor in Environmental Geography. After college, she worked in the Water Program for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading national environmental non-profit.

In her spare time, Margaret enjoys hiking, traveling, drawing, and is a big reader of literary fiction. Her favorite California native plant is white sage (Salvia apiana).


Philip Oakley Otto is the Studio to Field Director for Oakley Gardens, a boutique landscape design and consulting firm in Los Angeles. In this role, Philip brings together his passion for design and sustainability, uniting the skills from his diverse background in graphic design, photography, plumbing, construction, and internship at the Huntington Gardens Ranch Project. Philip co-coordinates the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plant’s annual Native Plant Garden Tour.

Philip is also a Southern California Field Consultant for the California State Park Foundation’s Park Champions Program. In this role, he coordinates Park Champion volunteer work days, working as a liaison between State Park staff and volunteers. He provides logistical planning, work day management and inspires volunteer engagement; lending his experience and expertise in various Park Champion projects, including trail maintenance, hardscape installation, habitat restoration, irrigation, painting/refinishing, fence construction, and more.

Philip has more than a decade of experience working in organic agriculture and the farm to table movement. He managed a successful juicery in Los Angeles for more than five years, expanding operations while reducing the company’s footprint, working with farmers to craft their bounty into luscious elixirs. In 2011 he was the recipient of a Snyder Diamond Farm Scholarship Educational Grant.

In his spare time, Philip enjoys building things with his hands, preserving food, hiking, yoga, travel, and taking pictures with his Leica camera.