Earth Element Designs has been a vision of San Diego landscape designer, Jack Sellinger, since discovering the joy of working with plants as a young adult. Working in the horticultural industry and finding a passion for plants eventually led to earning a degree in Environmental Horticultural Studies at Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo. The landscape architectural curriculum, with it's combination of science, art and innovation, proved to be the most rewarding and the ideal career choice.
Once gaining a few years of experience in the landscape construction industry after graduating, Jack attained co-ownership of a San Diego based landscape design-build firm. In addition to assisting with the operations of the construction division, he became the company's principle landscape designer for over 10 years. Developing the knowledge and experience needed to construct and maintain custom landscapes has played a pivotal role in the quality of the designs produced by Earth Element. During that time, Jack was recognized for his custom design work within local publications and events, most notably from San Diego Home & Garden Magazine for a contemporary landscape in La Jolla.
With the support of his wife and two daughters, Jack moved on to create Earth Element Designs in 2015 after realizing the potential of being able to focus all the skills, knowledge and energy needed to excel at one important phase of the landscaping process.
"Jack recently designed our front yard, sourced our plants and worked with our landscape contractor to oversee their installation. We are very happy with the results! He was attentive to our design requests and recommended additional elements that enhanced our ideas. In particular we are pleased with the selection of plants that Jack recommended. He clearly has deep expertise in drought tolerant/CA native plants that served us well. Wouldn't hesitate to work with him again."
Robert, front yard design and layout Point Loma
"Jack, the owner, is a great designer to work with. I am not only impressed with his artistic vision, but also the experience he brought to the table from his days working in the landscape construction business. He is willing to listen and at the same time offer his expert opinion. He came up with a practical design that is both beautiful and fits my budget. Would definitely recommend Earth Element Landscape Design."
Xin, backyard design Poway
"Jack was very patient with my husband and I being indecisive, and changing our minds mid design. He had so many great ideas for our large back yard and considered everything from shade to the flow of how we will use the space. He provided us with an amazing design including outdoor kitchen, vegetable gardens, fire pits, swimming pool, and so much more. I can't wait to get started on the construction! Thanks Jack!"
Holly, full property landscape design Lakeside
"It was a pleasure working with Jack for a design on my property, he listened to all my wishes and made a project that looked beautiful. I would definitely recommend him as a landscape designer."
Sonya, landscape design East Lake
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Member of Pacific Horticultural Society
Member of Association of Professional Landscape Designers of California
California Landscape Technician of CLCA
BS Degree Environmental Horticultural Sciences from Cal Poly SLO
EPA Sponsored Certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional
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