About Michael

Michael GlassmanMichael Glassman is an award-winning landscape designer and the owner of one of Northern California's most prestigious design firms. For more than forty years, he has designed beautiful and functional landscapes, waterworks, and creative elements that enhance outdoor living.

Michael received his degree in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from the University of California, Davis and studied Landscape Design at La Napoule Art Foundation in Southern France.

Michael has published seven books.  His most recent book, The Garden Bible, co-authored with writer Barbara Ballinger, is a step-by-step guide to planning and problem solving landscapes so that gardens will grow, evolve and be sustainable for years to come.  Michael's landscape design solutions and philosophies were the subject of Gaining Ground by Maureen Gilmour, with whom he co-authored Waterworks. He has published two other landscape design books, Garden Getaways: Havens at Home and Outdoor Designs for Living.  With the director of DIY's Garden Police, Lisa Ely, Michael wrote three books about gardening for children:  Kinder Gardens: Growing Inspiration for Children, Kinder Gardens: Games and Adventures, and Kinder Gardens: Autumn Fun.  All of his books can be purchased through this website.

Michael's work has been featured nationwide.  His landscape designs were the subject of nearly fifty Sunset magazine articles. He has also published in Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking with Paula Dean, This Old House Magazine, Garden Design, Backyard Designs, Great BackyardsLandscape Architecture and K+BB. He was honored three times by the American Horticultural Society, which selected his gardens to be on their tours in Northern California.  Michael Glassman & Associates has been awarded Best of Houzz for client satisfaction since 2013.

Michael's work and personality can be seen in television.  He was co-host and designer of Discovery Home Channel's series Garden Police. He designed projects on HGTVs Gardening by the Yard with Paul James and for DIY's Yard Crashers.  His sustainable landscaping ideas were featured on CNN's Glenn Beck Show. His pool designs were featured on a HGTV special Spectacular Pools.  He won the second best outdoor kitchen design in the nation on HGTV Sizzling Outdoor Kitchens and eighth best backyard landscape design on Bodacious Backyards.  He can be seen discussing gardening, landscape design and problem solving landscaping tips with Sac and Company.

Michael's distinctive approach is to design sustainable landscapes that solve the problems inherent to each outdoor space (e.g. lack of privacy, poor drainage, erosion issues), that unify the interiors and exteriors of homes, and that turn gardens into functional and beautiful spaces to promote outdoor living for family gatherings, peaceful meditation, growing food, and entertainment.