About Mary Jo Martin

Mary Jo Avvampato-Martin is an award-winning landscape designer whose artistry is both creative and practical. Her expertise is providing residential outdoor living spaces that are attuned to clients' lifestyles, their homes' design and architecture, and the unique demands of each location. Her greatest satisfaction comes from establishing rapport with clients and using her talents and expertise to enhance their lifestyles. She was raised near Châteauroux, France in the countryside of the Loire Valley and has traveled extensively, visiting and studying the great gardens of Europe and North America.

Mary Jo, who established her landscape design business in 2000, is based in Santee, California, and works throughout the San Diego area. Via research, attention to detail and a keen aesthetic awareness, Mary Jo selects plants and creates designs tailored to the individual client. As is appropriate for the Southern California region, her gardens are water wise and environmentally sustainable.

Mary Jo welcomes an opportunity to enhance your landscape and your enjoyment of your garden. Her services range from hourly consultations to scaled final conceptual designs ready for contractor bidding.

Experience and accomplishments:

SeaWorld of San Diego, department of Landscape Architecture/Landscaping

San Diego Zoo, 1996 Garden Celebration Event Coordinator

Teshima Design Group, a Landscape Architectural Firm, San Diego, CA, consultant.


1995: The Zeus Award for Excellence in Irrigation System Design, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA

2000: Certificate in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture from Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA.


San Diego Spring Home & Garden Show at Del Mar, CA - Garden Masters competition sponsored by the San Diego Horticulture Society, competing with 20 Landscape Architects, Landscape Designers, and Landscape Contractors.

2010: 1st Place and "Golden Shovel" Award for "All Fired Up!"

2009: Water Smart Award from the San Diego County Water Authority "Cultivating the Spirit"

2008: Award of Excellence for Best of Outdoor Living for "Creative Places"


ZooNooz Magazine, a publication of the Zoological Society of San Diego, April 1996. "Taste of the Tropics", An ethno-botanical Tour designed for the Gorilla Tropics area. Article and photographs by Mary Jo Avvampato-Martin.

Living in Style Magazine, San Diego edition, Late Spring 2009, interviewed for Creating an Outdoor Room article.

San Diego Union-Tribune, March, 2008 coverage of the Spring Home-Garden Show: "...a single vignette summed up the show's surging eco-consciousness."

Professional Organizations:

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (www.apld.org)

San Diego Horticulture Society (www.sdhortsoc.org )