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We are actively performing full services. We are taking additional precautions to protect our customers.

We are designing and installing gardens. we follow all COVID-19 standard practices to keep you and my employees safe-Kathy Alford

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We complete exterior work only (No need to enter home)
We will wear masks and gloves when we visit your home
We offer estimates and quotes using video calling
We accept remote payment
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Alford's English Gardens

Founded 2006 • With Angi since March 2009


(102) Verified Reviews

Business Details

Phone Number


1840 E 29th St

Signal Hill, CA 90755


Alford’s English Gardens Inc. is an award winning landscape design and installation firm located in Signal Hill Ca. Kathy Alford, along with her staff and crew, have been designing and installing beautiful gardens in the Los Angeles and Orange County area for over 18 years. All of our designers are Certified Horticulturists with the latest training in design as well as in all plant material. • We are careful to implement all requirements from the State of California on low water gardens. • We use WCOLS for water usage on all plants. • The style of home is taken into consideration when selecting plants to assure ascetics as well as function in the garden. • All of our designs can be submitted to water departments for approval in rebate programs. All crew members boast certification in various areas on installation. • We are certified in smart clocks • The latest drip irrigation • ICPI trained and Certified in interlocking pavers Each crew member is accompanied by a foreman or supervisor while on site. Neatness and cleanliness are a must while working on properties. Our goal at Alford’s English Gardens Inc. is to design and install a unique garden that fits, your house, lifestyle and budget. Together as a team- we will design and install a long lasting low water garden that fits you, your family and your home. • Some of our popular garden designs and Installations include: • Sustainable gardens • Native gardens, • Zen gardens • Traditional/Family gardens • Cottage gardens • Historic homes • …and of course! English gardens. • California Landcape contractor C27 #831062 • Member of California Contractors Association (CLCA) • Associate Member of Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) • Qualified Pest Control Applicator with the State of California (QAL) • Certified with Smart Controllers • Certified Horticulturist • Master Gardener • Bonded and Insured • Design experience for over 18 years We accept as payment: Check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover *** We Do Not use Subcontractors...

Verified Reviews

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Toni M.

It went good! There were issues with the premise but other than nothing else, easy to work with and the landscape turned out beautiful!

Description of Work
redid the front patio and the side and build a wall on the side patio and re-landscape the front yard

Category lawn service



Craig A.

wonderful job. loved all their work

Description of Work
complete new yard design and installed profesionally

Category landscaping, lawn service, irrigation systems, fountains, hardscaping, outdoor lighting



Robert M.

The crew started work promptly and worked very efficiently. They answered all questions that I posed and kept us informed with what was going on. The project was completed in a timely manner and looks beautiful.

Description of Work

Category landscaping, hardscaping, outdoor lighting



Craig A.

All was very good? the team was very easy to work with and very professional? all work done to perfection and in a very timely manner.

Description of Work
Landscaping Design, new lawn with sprinklers? Hardscape with pavers and lighting

Category landscaping, hardscaping, outdoor lighting



Ilana B.

Alford’s does top notch work. I have had them landscape the front and back. The crew is always a pleasure to work with and Kathy is amazing. We truly have a great home and enjoy our yard due to the great work Alford’s has done. Our backyard kitchen is a dream and the landscaping is beautiful.

Description of Work

Category concrete driveways, landscaping, irrigation systems, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, patios, outdoor kitchens



Joanne L.

From the very beginning of meeting and designing, Kathy and her team were exemplary. I got 4 bids. Kathy listened carefully and created a beautiful plan that was what I wanted. She made excellent suggestions to keep cost down but did not compromise on quality. Ultimately, her work was not the cheapest but it was by far the best from day one to today. Her team were on time, excellent in skill, creativity, problem solving, craftsmanship. The site was clean and secure at the end of each day. I love the final product. I spend hours in my yard now, enjoying the beauty and tranquility. Kathy has been responsive to small issues and questions. I have referred her to 3 friends who have each used her services and have been pleased.

Description of Work

Category electrician, landscaping, lawn service, irrigation systems, pavers, gravel, fountains, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, patios, outdoor kitchens



Marilee B.

I had a great experience because the designers took my rather eclectic ideas and made them work without moving some trees and a vegetable garden that were important to me. My yard looks totally different, yet still has some familiar items. I'm very happy with the results.

Description of Work

Category landscaping, irrigation systems, pavers, gravel



Bruce & Janice T.

Planning started with many questions to understand what we wanted, then there were computer-generated images of variations of how the finished product might look, followed by our input and then revisions to incorporate our wishes. In-house crews assured that work was done to Alford's high standards - and mine. Homeowner input, including some hardscape and lighting changes during the course of work were cheerfully accommodated. Extra underlayment materials were used in the driveway so that the same paving stones could flow seamlessly from patio to driveway and still stand up to the stress of very heavy cars. We have enthusiastically recommended Alfords English Gardens to all who have asked about our beautiful front yard and patio.

Description of Work
Landscaping and hardscaping design, planting and sod installation, driveway and patio pavers, sitting wall, decorative lighting, timer-controlled irrigation, and re-installation of an existing fountain.

Category concrete driveways, landscaping, lawn service, irrigation systems, lighting, masonry, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, patios



Mary G.

FANTASTIC! Kathy and her team did a wonderful job transforming our dated front yard into a beautiful patio and garden area! Kathy was easy to work with, answered questions quickly, her team was meticulous in all of their work from the removal of our old lawn and garden to the installation of our patio and beautiful new plants. We could not have asked for a better partner to make our home and front yard look beautiful!!

Description of Work
Renovation of front yard (installation of patio and new garden)

Category landscaping

Service Provider Response

Thank you [Member Name Removed]! You made it easy. You were such a delight to work with. Kathy



Susie C.

What a great experience and enjoyed every minute from the meeting with Kathy and her crew. To having her design team draw up our design. Then a week or so later her incredible team came out with over 85 plants and turn our front yard into a a beautiful and colorfully garden. THANK YOU KATHY AND OUR TEAM !!!!

Description of Work
My front yard landscape ...

Category landscaping, irrigation systems, outdoor lighting



Bret S.

In one word: Amazing! From start to finish, this was a great experience. My house is 100 years old, so I've done quite a few projects. This, without a doubt, was my best experience. I met with several landscapers before Kathy, and she was the first to listen to my ideas, then convert them into a design I loved. Her team was awesome -- I can't say enough about them. Miguel and his crew treated the project with pride; you could tell they were extremely invested in delivering a great product. I even ordered the wrong grill -- completely my fault -- which meant it wouldn't be ready before the project was completed. However Miguel drove up on a Saturday to install it at no extra charge. This is three weeks after they'd technically fulfilled their contract, but there were no questions asked. Everyone in the office was amazing, and the communication was great in terms of payment schedule, etc. And to top it off, Kyle did some great graffiti art that added the finishing touches to the project. I can't overstate how happy I am with the project and the work that was completed. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this service.

Description of Work
I had my entire backyard designed and landscaped by Alford.

Category electrician, landscaping, lawn service, irrigation systems, lighting, pavers, gravel, tree service, fountains, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, outdoor kitchens



Amy T.

Very well! Very responsive and professional.

Description of Work
Grass removal with drought tolerant plant replacement

Category landscaping, irrigation systems, pavers, gravel, hardscaping



danetta M.

I did not have it installed because of the price. I know what I was asking for would cost a lot of money but did expect that much. So I decided to wait until I could afford it.

Description of Work
I wanted a brick wall installed on the center block wall in the back yard.

Category landscaping, masonry, hardscaping



Donald H.

Design would have been $750.00, and the lowest cost for the front yard only would have been $8000.00. Back yard would have added maybe $1000.00 to that. This is FAR beyond what I want or can pay. Excellent I met with the owner Kathy Alford twice, and am VERY impressed by her and her business. This would likely be my rating if I'd used her (A).

Description of Work
Front yard- 45 x 20 Front- Grass taken out Sod- native landscaping, plant & stones, possibly underground sprinkler system Back yard- 45 x 25 Back- has grass, wants a different sod (sod that is better for the climate, reposition sprinklers) possibly a short retaining wall

Category landscaping



mary R.

We were looking to upgrade our landscaping and add drip lines. My Husband called them and told them such and the owner came out to do a walk around with us where we gave detailed communication of our wants and needs. We spend about an hour walking through our property. They called back two days later, and continued to do so saying they were ready for us to review the plan. Finally, my husband and I were able to coordinate our schedules, drive 1/2 hour to their location, only to find the owner had done nothing as far as a plan, and didn't even remember our discussion from the previous meeting. We again communicated our needs and she said she would get back to us with some prices and such. I was really annoyed because she really wasted our time. Well, it's a month later and nothing has been provided to us. Very unprofessional. I would not recommend that you waste your time.

Description of Work
We were looking for an estimate to install drip lines and upgrade our landscaping.

Category landscaping

Service Provider Response

We are so sorry you were unhappy with our services. Our first office visit is always to get to know the client better and review our work as it states on our website. I'm sorry if this was misunderstood. After our meeting, a bid reflecting our discussions was emailed to you. We wish you well on your project.



Carl T.

The demo and installation went very well. Additional charges due to change in scope of work were fair (Often, I think add-ons are too expensive). Crew was on time and cleaned up each day. Kathy spent time with my wife and I to learn how to manage our new irrigation and new planting. I heartily recommend this company and suggest that you open up about your concerns and what you want? they do listen!

Description of Work
We used Alford’s English Gardens for design and installation of drought tolerant landscaping to replace our existing front and rear lawns. My wife and I were very skeptical that we would get a design that would match our home and also significantly reduce our water use. Basically, we didn’t want a home right out of “Breaking Bad”. We shared our concerns with Kathy, the owner. She was able to develop a design that matched our home, our personal taste and also the neighborhood. She also showed us special underground irrigation products for our new ground cover and trees use less water than conventional types. She created very professional drawings that guided us through the project. We used Alford’s to do the turf removal and installation of new irrigation and plants. They also did added to our flagstone path and built new stone benches for an existing stone table.

Category landscaping, irrigation systems, pavers, gravel, tree service, hardscaping




Great job. Cleaned up overgrown yard, hauled off all debris, pruned back garden, trees and bamboo

Description of Work
cleanup of overgrown garden and yard, trim bamboo, transplanting

Category landscaping, lawn service, tree service



Jim B.

I could not use what this business provided, but her promptness and professionalism were outstanding.

Description of Work
The owner came to my property to assess the potential job.

Category landscaping



Harvey E.

This is a QUALITY company! Quality in terms of the people, quality in terms of their attention to detail, quality in terms of their listening to the owners and responding to their questions/concerns. It has been an unmitigated pleasure working with them. Once we contacted her, Kathy came to our house and spent almost 2 hours going over an existing plan with us, and generally getting to know us. While other bids consisted of a paragraph of detail and a quote, Kathy's was a 5-page, detailed estimate of each stage of the process. When the estimate was complete, we met with Kathy in her offices along with several of her associates. All seemed eager to work with us. Once we agreed on price and detail, the gang showed up early the next week ready to work. A porta-potty was delivered the first day, and serviced regularly, not a small plus in my mind. The lawn and hardscape removal was very quick and there was no down time between the end of one process and the beginning of the next. (Kathy has contacts who recycle the existing plants and hardscape where possible.) There were often 4-5 employees working on a couple of different areas at once. Kathy visited often, and made suggestions as things progressed. Since we had a conceptual plan without construction detail, Kathy and her folks regularly asked our ideas on how to proceed, feeling free to make suggestions when we weren't clear on what we wanted. Everything about the job was first-rate. So far as I am concerned, no corners were cut, no materials sub-standard. In fact, many choices of materials seemed inspired. The stones around the dry stream bed are fabulous! I'll call out Miguel in particular, for acting as if it was his own yard. His artistic suggestions made a huge improvement. While we were in progress, Miguel suggested modifying the posts on our porch into Craftsman-style. (At an agreed on cost.) The transformation is stunning, and essentially remakes the front of the house. We accompanied Kathy, Rocky and Kyle to Tree of Life Nursery where we got quite an education on the plants we were there to choose. And the final choices have worked out amazingly well. We met Kathy on a Sunday morning to choose a special pot as a focal point. She seems to work seven days a week to make things happen. As an example of their forethought, they installed low-voltage wiring all around the yard, so in case we decide later to add lights, the wiring will be there. The installed irrigation system has 6 circuits with individual emitters for each plant. It can be expanded as well. There were several "almost" final inspections by Kathy's folks, each leading to another bit of a tweak. And finally, the decomposed granite was sealed so it would not wash off onto the sidewalk. We are awaiting only the final sealing of the flagstones which will occur after a few hot/dry days, plus Kyle will come by and install plant labels so we and others will know what they are. Kathy and Rocky came by this morning to sit with us overlooking the yard and talk about what it all means to us. This was a big project for us and it seemed to be as important to Kathy as it was to us. At no point did we feel rushed, nor sidelined for another competing job. We will have Kathy visit us sometime later in the fall to help us do some upgrades to our back yard. We're sure it will be as fun as it has been working with Kathy and her group.

Description of Work
Replaced entire front yard -- hardscape and landscape -- with drought-tolerant/native plants, path lighting and drip irrigation.

Category landscaping, irrigation systems, lighting, pavers, gravel, outdoor lighting



William B.

It was well done. Basically, they did a good job.

Description of Work
I used them about 8 months ago. They re-did our entire front yard. They were doing it with the intent of lowering our water bill and they put a patio for us, plus grow sensitive plants and reduce the grass.

Category hardscaping



Scarlett F.

The first time we met with Kathy at her place of business nearly two years ago. She was very friendly and accommodating. They started the work when they said they would with a crew of workers. They prepared the land, laid electrical wires, installed lights and outlets, then went to work installing plants. I asked that there be no spaces between the plants and also told them that I did not want a gravel path. I asked for lots of flowering perennial plants because I advised Kathy that I did not have a green thumb at all. Kathy and her husband came and oversaw their crew as they installed the garden and a gravel path. I did not remind her that I didn't want a gravel path. The garden was beautiful! Kathy said she would do a re-fresh of the garden as needed or I could just call her when I wanted re-fresh work done. After a while, I requested a re-fresh. Kathy and her crew showed up and did one. It was very expensive--over $600! Sometime later, I requested another refresh. This time two of Kathy's employees showed up--eventually--to do it. They didn't finish and said they would return the following week. They did not show up. I called Kathy's office several times. I was never able to speak with Kathy again. It seemed that everytime I asked to speak with Kathy, her employees would do "gate keeping" so that I could only speak with them. I advised them that I was told someone would come back to finish the re-fresh and they told me they would send someone. It took probably two/three weeks for someone to show up. They finished the work. Again, many months later, I asked for another re-fresh. As usual, I was not able to speak with Kathy. Her office staff told me someone would come and do it, but they never showed up again! I waited several weeks. Finally, I called the office and again was denied the ability to talk with Kathy. This time the office staff told me that Kathy did not do re-fresh of gardens any longer because Kathy's husband had taken ill. I offered my sympathies, but really did not understand how that would stop the service of re-fresh since neither Kathy nor her husband did them! I found Kathy's office staff very cold, unresponsive, haughty, and uncooperative. They are friendly when they first get your business, but after that, they treat you like a leper. They never allow you to speak with Kathy after your initial contact and from then on act as though you are intruding upon them. Also, I noticed that their website has not changed indicating that they are conducting business as usual when in fact they are not!

Description of Work
Installed an English garden complete with electrical outlets, lights, and drip watering system.

Category landscaping, lighting, pavers, gravel, outdoor lighting

Service Provider Response

Alford's English Gardens is sorry that you didn't have a 100% positive experience with us. We loved designing and working on your garden, it was a showpiece that stood out in the neighborhood. I felt you were satisfied the times we did the final walk-throughs of your garden. As of last October the maintenance portion of my business was sold to another company. A letter was sent to clients notifying them that we no longer do maintenance which includes garden refreshes. Our company is currently only doing design and installations of new gardens.



Susan D.

The process was straight forward. You make an appointment to meet with Kathy Alford and discuss your ideas. She takes your to her office backyard garden to get a feel for your particular style. She requests a $750 deposit to begin the design process. A draftsman comes to your home to take thorough measurements and photographs shortly thereafter. She asks you to visit and select designs that appeal to you and forward them to her. In a few weeks the design is complete. She goes over the design and corresponding price list and asks that you take it home and review it before making the final payment. You make a second appointment and discuss any needed revisions. We asked for a list of current projects that we could visit, which she immediately supplied. Then you have the option to sign a contract and begin the project. We did have some communication issues responding back and forth via the company website, but when given a specific number to call and personal office email, the problem was resolved. We did not start our project due to the $40K + sticker shock. We got other quotes to verify that Alford's English Gardens pricing was not unrealistic. It is just more expensive because she is fully licensed, insured, and pays her workers a living wage. We did tell Kathy that our budget was $25K and she revised the plan by reducing plant sizes and limiting the hardscape walkway to a sunken patio and changing the patio from flagstone to cement. The price still came in at $29K+ without lighting, sound, and other accessories. We are not opposed to Alford's English Gardens doing the project, we just need to prepare financially or accept a less lush landscape. We have not decided our course yet.

Description of Work
Alford's English Gardens provided a landscape plan with CD rendition for a pie shaped back yard. The plans included detailed computer generated drawings with all the hardscape, plants, irrigation, audio, and electrical locations. Another page had detailed insets of the proposed patio and other accessories.

Category landscaping, irrigation systems, lighting, pavers, gravel, hardscaping



melissa P.

Everything went so smoothly. I have never seen a team of guys move so confidently and quickly- Kathy had every thing planned out really well. They did a really nice job of cleaning up after each step, and even kept an eye out to make sure no one left the gate open to let dog out!

Description of Work
Kathy and her team did exactly what I wanted! I now have a beautiful garden escape in my own backyard! I was on a tight budget, but Kathy was able to help beautify my yard in a way I never thought was possible. I even have a place for organic veggies. My family is actually spending time together!

Category landscaping



Carl T.

Crew showed up on time and did great job of pruning trees and shrubs. Also did a little garden clean up. On time and did great cleanup and haul away of branches, etc. We have this done every year.

Description of Work
Trimmed and pruned trees

Category landscaping, tree service

Service Provider Response

I want thank [member name removed] for the great review, However we are no longer offering tree service or garden clean ups. My company is now focusing on landscape design and installation




All their work was exceptional and excellent in all respects, altho design process took longer than we had expected (often due to waiting for us to make decisions). They were very accommodating of our schedule, and changes of direction.Their work crews were very professional and very skilled and thorough as well and very courteous. Cleanup and followup were perfect. All their work and all plantings were guaranteed. We were more than satisfied and have had them back several more times for additional work, over the last couple years including some changes that we decided we wanted.

Description of Work
Complete re-landscaping for a 1/6 acre lot, including: - removal of nearly all existing vegetation (including several very large ficus trees and liquid amber trees) - demolition of existing driveway and paving, irrigation and drainage, and lighting systems - complete design of new landscape, hardscape, lighting, raised-bed vegetable gardens - installation of all new landscape plantings, lighting, drip irrigation, drainage - installation of all new hardscape including new patios (front and back), walkways, driveway, mailbox column

Category landscaping, irrigation systems, lighting, tree service, hardscaping, outdoor lighting

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    Payment Options
    Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover

    Services Offered

    Computer generated color design with call outs in irrigation, lighting, specialty details 3-D renderings Eco friendly Demo and Prep of garden Soil testing and amending Custom irrigation including water saving drip irrigation and Netafim irrigation Drainage Custom Arbors, Gates, Fences, Swings, House Façade Custom Hardscape flagstone Pavers, Cement, walkways, pillars, walls Low voltage Mood lighting, LED

    Services Not Offered

    We do not do pool design, maintenance or tree pruning.

    Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about Alford's English Gardens

    How is Alford's English Gardens overall rated?

    Alford's English Gardens is currently rated 4.7 overall out of 5.

    What days are Alford's English Gardens open?

    Alford's English Gardens is open:

    Monday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Thursday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    What payment options does Alford's English Gardens provide

    Alford's English Gardens accepts the following forms of payment: Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover

    Does Alford's English Gardens offer free estimates?

    Yes, Alford's English Gardens offers free project estimates.

    Does Alford's English Gardens offer eco-friendly accreditations?

    Yes, Alford's English Gardens offers eco-friendly accreditations.

    Are warranties offered by Alford's English Gardens?

    No, Alford's English Gardens does not offer warranties.

    What services does Alford's English Gardens offer?

    Alford's English Gardens offers the following services: Computer generated color design with call outs in irrigation, lighting, specialty details 3-D renderings Eco friendly Demo and Prep of garden Soil testing and amending Custom irrigation including water saving drip irrigation and Netafim irrigation Drainage Custom Arbors, Gates, Fences, Swings, House Façade Custom Hardscape flagstone Pavers, Cement, walkways, pillars, walls Low voltage Mood lighting, LED

    Are there any services Alford's English Gardens does not offer?

    We do not do pool design, maintenance or tree pruning.