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Home on the Range
Home on the Range
Advantage Point
Rosie on the House Certified Partner
Beyond the Ordinary
Beyond the Ordinary
Curve Appeal
Curve Appeal
Desert Lush
Desert Lush
Green Grandeur
Green Grandeur

Best of the Southwest 2017

Best of the Southwest Award - 2017

Exceptional Services We Offer

Desert Foothills Landscape began in Cave Creek, Arizona in 1990.  We have a creative team of professionals, specializing in custom high desert landscape.  Our combined expertise, field experience & product knowledge guarantee consistent results whether we are installing your landscape or maintaining it.


Project Galleries

You'll find many or our project galleries featured in the
Phoenix Home & Garden publication for our creative designs.

  • pool
    The Eclectic Garden
  • agave
    Fire Pit Sitting Area
  • patio
    Garden of Inspiration
  • fountain
    Colorful Desert Garden
  • organ_pipes
    Desert Oasis
  • Silver Garden-Desert Foothills Landscaping
    Street View
  • Monterey Vista at Mirabel
  • inside_window_view
    Albaugh - Estancia Club in Scottsdale
  • hardscape
    Wredberg - Estancia Estate
  • golf_course_view
    Hohl Estate - Pinnacle Peak - Fire Feature
  • pool
    Debacher Estate
  • fire_feature
    Corcoran Mirabel Estate
  • organ_pipe
    Bob Wolff - Southwest Look
  • sideview
    Bertrand - Contemporary Design - Desert Mountain
  • 3D Tours
  • organ_pipe
    Krause Estate in Estansia
  • backyard
    Naturalistic Desert Garden
  • night_bbq
  • Goldwater - Saguaro Estates 3D Tour
  • Mirabel Home 3D Tour
  • Hitchcock 3D Tour
  • Hitchcock - Desert Mountain
  • walkway
    Coco Residence
  • Lyon - Estancia Estate - Low Lighting Photos
  • Mactas estate in Mirabel
  • The Boot at The Boulders
  • Goldwater - Saguaro Estates
  • spa_water_feature
    Batton - Desert Mountain

About Our Company

Since our inception in 1990, we have honed an innovative artistic approach to creating outdoor living environments that will significantly increase the value of your property, and more importantly, the quality of your life.

We create the art you live within. We view landscape as an interactive, multidimensional, living art form. It should be unique, stimulating setting that engages the senses, sparks your imagination, and renews your spirit. Your landscape should have a timeless beauty that allows you to transcend the day-to-day, and greatly enhance your quality of life. We want you to awake in the morning with a desire to race outside to your own personal oasis.


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Why Choose Us?

HIghly Skilled Office Staff
Our friendly office staff are here to assist you with any questions or requests in a timely manner.
Licensed, Bonded, Insured & Uniformed
We have professional, reliable, uniformed crews installing and maintaining your landscape. ROC# 304251
Complimentary Consultations
Our complimentary consulations allow our clients to feel comfortable to express, in their own words, what they are looking for in a landscape design.
Dependable Services
We love to take pride in the work we complete. Each project is finished on time and on budget.
Private Nurseries
We own two private nurseries of unique succulent and cacti specimen, which are exclusively reserved for our design clients.
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Client Testimonials

Dominique and George Perrin

We hired Dessert Foothills to redesign our front, side and back yard. We could not have been more pleased with the work. Adrian Javalera who did the design and supervised the crew is a pleasure to work with and the guys who did the heavy work were eager to please. We also hired them for weekly maintenance and have been very happy with their work. I highly recommend this company

Dominique and George Perrin
North Scottsdale

Jim Albaugh

“They are true artists. I always like the end result. The whole team from Chad on down.”

– Jim Albaugh

Homeowner – Featured in Phoenix Home & Garden – Small Space Big Impact

“It’s so much better than we imagined it could be,” says the wife. “We put our trust in Chad, and he delivered. You don’t have to have a huge backyard to have a nice view.”

Homeowner - Featured in Phoenix Home & Garden - Small Space Big Impact
Scottsdale, AZ

Mike & Shannon Hitchcock

“Jake and the team at Desert Foothills Landscape surpassed our expectations on our landscape re-design, making the home we purchased truly feel like ours! Jake quickly grasped our vision for the re-design complimenting it with many of his own conceptions, resulting in a stunning finished product.”

Mike and Shannon Hitchcock – Desert Mountain

Susan Gauss

Not really sure I have the words to express my gratitude to your crew who have turned our yard into something so special.  It has been such fun for me to watch the day to day workings of a yard transformation – it is like a well directed stage play.  Most importantly is the team – they have been a joy to watch as they work together, have been so kind to me, and have honored EVERY request I made or answered any question, and leave the worksite tidy and neat.  You should be so proud of them all.

Whether I am soaking in the tub, sitting at my desk in the bedroom, sorting out a meal at the kitchen window, or passing thru the living room – you and your talented crew have made our yard another stunning room to enjoy from every angle. 

With heartfelt appreciation and thanks,


Robert & Janis Hahn – Scottsdale, AZ

We have been clients of yours for a while now and want to acknowledge the excellent work of our current crew and supervisor on our account. Sebastian Martinez and Carlos’ crew are without a doubt the best. They are conscientious, knowledgeable, dependable, and on top of issues. They care about their work leaving the customer with peace of mind that their investment is being well managed. It is this high level of customer service that promotes Desert Foothills Landscape as a premier provider.

Please acknowledge these employees for this great work and outstanding performance.

Thank you,

Robert and Janis Hahn

Peter Haselhorst

I had a chance to meet with the crew that does the maintenance on our landscaping this morning.  We are here seasonally and don’t get a chance to talk to your workers very often.  Your crew remembered what I had mentioned to them last Spring about how far our lot extended.  They hadn’t realized how large an area it was.  So he wanted to know if every thing was satisfactory.  I did see the difference in how much better that area, as well as the rest of the yard looked.  So I just wanted to let you know that your crew is doing a nice job on our yard, and were very courteous and helpful this morning.

Peter Haselhorst

Peter Haselhorst

Doug Harrower

I just want to tell you how much we enjoy having Gerrado and his crew work on our landscaping.  He always makes a point of checking in with me when they come and always checks to see that I am satisfied with the way thing look.  First class customer service.

Doug Harrower

Brian and Laurie Cunningham

“The first word that pops into my head is ‘magnificent.’ Everything has a reason and a place and a purpose,” says Laurie, who adds that neighbors often thank them for beautifying the neighborhood. Brian agrees. “We wanted our yard to look like it was a natural, established landscape, not a newly completed project. Chad’s design gives you the feeling of a very mature property even though so many things are brand new.”

Brian and Laurie Cunningham
North Scottsdale, AZ

Mark Tate – Tate Studio Architects

Desert Foothills has provided landscape design and installation services for our projects since 2009. Their work is unequaled in this industry…! Their passion for desert environments and knowledge of desert flora combine to result in masterfully created landscapes that will forever set the bar. I highly recommend these folks for all of your landscaping needs.

Mark Tate

Mark Tate

Robin Gerblick

Our neighbors constantly say we have the best landscaped and maintained yard in our area and they always ask who does it… these guys are the best!
We have referred our new neighbors to you because of the great job our crew does.


Robin Gerblick

Robin Gerblick

Stephanie and Lance

Desert Foothills Landscape is just finishing a job at our home in Anthem CC. To say we are pleased is an understatement. Let me tell you all the good things about this company…
1. We chose this company primarily because of their design center on Cave Creek Road. It looked like a successful company. Many of the ones we researched on the internet, looked good at a first glance but often if you checked out the address on google, it was a home or a very modest building. We knew they were just contractors who subbed everything which gives you less control.
2. We met with Jake (one of their designers) who is very personable. He seemed to have a good knowledge of what was needed and he listened to things that we wanted (saguaros, yuccas, minimal flowering plants, etc.).
3. We met with Jake to go over the final plans. This at first was a disappointment since we were expecting these elaborate drawings. In hindsight, we realize that a lot of money goes into drawings (takes labor) instead of in the ground. Not having worked with this company, the question begged “are we going to get what we really like without seeing a rendition on paper?” Well, it is a resounding YES and more that what we expected. We can now say to any potential customer, Desert Foothills will perform and you don’t need the expensive renderings.
4. The workmen that showed up were friendly, extremely competent and very hard working. Being a California weather wimp, I do not understand how they can work in this heat.
All in all, we are very pleased customers. Jake has already gotten an inquiry on this company’s services from a neighbor of ours who likes our yard.
If you would like to see a photo of our yard, please ask Desert Foothills to share our email after you have had an initial consultation.
Thanks for a job well done.

Stephanie and Lance
Anthem Country Club

Jay and Dale

“Each plant is a piece of art itself, and with Mark Wdowiak’s help, we have been able to curate an ever-changing show,” says Jay.

“Every window is a vignette to the outside,” Dale notes. “There isn’t a room in the house that you don’t look out and see a great garden.”

Jay and Dale
North Scottsdale, AZ

Homeowners – Featured in Phoenix Home & Garden – Desert Vision

“We switched all lighting to energy-efficient LED bulbs or fixtures, and programmable timers keep everything in sync,” comments the husband.

“Even when we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted, Marc listened and was able to incorporate our ideas,” she says happily.

Homeowners - Featured in Phoenix Home & Garden - Desert Vision
Scottsdale, AZ

John Phin

Please convey to Adrian how much we appreciate the work his crew did yesterday saving our Mesquite that was storm damaged. The tree looks great and very secure. And so timely! I’m sure many customers had similar storm related issues and we were delighted our tree could be helped so quickly. That’s two trees now that Desert Foothills has saved, saving us a lot of money!

Thanks again,

John Phin

Barry Bingham

“From day 1, over our eleven year relationship, I have always been impressed with Marc Vargas. He is always quick to respond and I feel he truly appreciates our property as well as our relationship. People often comment about our landscape and it’s all because of Marc’s design and his follow-through. In addition, I appreciate the office staff, Karen and her staff are always caring and on the ball. I would like to commend the Special Projects group. They have always been there to deal with my lighting and water feature needs. In addition, they were really comprehensive when it came to my annual tree trimming project. Finally, the design work has been excellent as well as the execution of the design and always done as a fair price.”

Barry Bingham – Scottsdale, AZ

Robin Andersen

Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I recently arrived back in town after a brief absence. The crew of Geraldo, Daniel and Adrian have done a great job keeping things looking good. They are very approachable and are eager to do a great job. Please pass along our satisfaction.

Robin Andersen

Pam and Mark Fisher

“We went to Hawaii, they installed the landscape, and the first thing we said when we returned home was ‘Wow!’” says Mark Fisher.

Pam and Mark Fisher
Carefree, AZ

Sandy Skoog

We are very happy with our maintenance team.  Gerrado and his team are doing a great job bi-weekly on our yard.  We have had many landscape companies in our 17 years in AZ, and they are the best!

Sandy Skoog

Sandy Skoog

Phyllis Strupp

Hi Karen, please let Jake know that the guys were here yesterday and they did a wonderful job on the driveway, especially given this heat. We are really pleased with how everything came out and we appreciate the follow through on getting things done.
Thanks to both of you for all your help,
Phyllis Strupp
Phyllis Strupp

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