Combining Art, Engineering and Science

Since our beginning in 1990, Michael Arnone + Associates has had the opportunity to work on more than 1,000 projects, ranging from small urban gardens to large vacation resorts. We have been involved with municipal, commercial and residential development and planning projects in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Though the scale of each project varies, we approach each design with enthusiasm and attention to detail. By listening carefully to client expectations and by gathering information about the site and the surrounding environment, we strive to create a design that works on all levels. As stewards of the land, we utilize sustainable development practices which limit negative effects on the environment.



Michael Arnone, Landscape Architect


Michael Arnone graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies, with emphasis in Landscape Architecture. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Michael has practiced Landscape Architecture in Northern California since 1986. He is an adjunct faculty member at Cabrillo College in Aptos where he has taught Landscape Design classes in the Horticulture Department since 1997. He also served on the Architecture and Site Review Committee for the City of Capitola for ten years. When he is not practicing or teaching Landscape Architecture he can be seen mountain biking the trails in The Forest of Nisene Marks, on the softball field as both a player and a coach, moonlighting as a drummer, and organizing the music for the Capitola Art and Wine festival.


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Jennifer Clark Colfer, Landscape Architect



Jennifer Clark Colfer graduated received a Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis where she was awarded for excellence in the study of Landscape Architecture from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Since graduating she has had the opportunity to work for several Landscape Architecture firms in Northern California. She has consulted with Michael Arnone + Associates for the past 16 years. Her favorite aspect of practicing landscape architecture is the possibility to unite people with nature through thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces.  

Michael Arnone + Associates provides design services for individual homeowners, architects, engineers, municipalities, agencies, and developers. We are inspired by a diversity of projects and strive to provide a scope of services that is tailored to the goals and budget of each client.


We believe that good design should not be contingent upon project size or budget. We offer a range of design services for the individual landowner, from hourly consultations to full scale Master Planning and Construction Documents. We are happy to meet clients on-site for a free initial consultation, to talk about project goals and design services.


Areas of specialization

  • Outdoor living and entertaining spaces
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Swimming Pools/Spas
  • Sports Courts
  • Water-wise irrigation design
  • Bioswales and Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting
  • Drought tolerant/ Low maintenance planting
  • Native planting
  • Project installation management


We are committed to providing high-quality, punctual, cost-effective design services. In addition to good design, we believe a successful project is based on cultivating strong client relationships and providing sustained attention to detail. We regularly team up with local architects, engineers, arborists and environmental consultants to provide integrated, complete design solutions. 


Design services

  • Design Consultation
  • Preliminary Landscape Design
  • Landscape Master Plans
  • Construction Cost Estimating/ Bid Analysis
  • Construction Administration

Construction Drawings

  • Hardscape Plans
  • Grading and Drainage Plans
  • Planting Plans
  • Irrigation Plans
  • Lighting Plans