Karen Aitken & Associates

Designing gardens for people is a business we love.

Grape rowOver 30 years ago, Karen Aitken founded Aitken & Associates as a Landscape Architecture firm serving the unique needs of Northern California.  Our reputation is based, in part, upon listening and responding to our clients’ unique needs, in creating delightful environments tailored to your wishes and desires.  We take pride in creating thoughtful, innovative and environmentally conscious landscapes, which will serve you for years to come.


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After attended U.C. Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Karen received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Karen Aitken has been applying that knowledge as a registered Landscape Architect with the State of California since 1983.

A crowning project, which we are very proud of, includes the Landscape Masterplan and plant selection for the world-famous Bonfante Gardens Horticultural Theme Park located in Gilroy, California.   Now known as Gilroy Gardens, this 70-acre park has been annually awarded The Most Beautiful Park in the West, by the IAAPA.

Karen Aitken and Associates was honored to accept the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce 2001 Best Small Business of the Year for this firm’s professional excellence and success in business, as well as for their long-term commitment to community service.

Karen has long been an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Gilroy Rotary Club, the  Gilroy Assistance League.  Each year, the Gilroy Assistance League sponsors a Home & Garden Tour fundraiser, in which several gardens designed by Aitken & Associates have been showcased.

Recently, the American Horticulture Society Garden School at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio honored Karen as their featured speaker and guest lecturer.

Currently, Karen Aitken is serving a four-year term on the Public Art Committee for the City of Gilroy.  In this past year, this volunteer group of the Community Services Department has been instrumental in the initiation of  “Art in the Park” at Gilroy Gardens.  Here, local artists and musicians gather to paint and perform within the beautiful gardens.

At Karen Aitken & Associates we are proud to stand behind our work. If your interested take a look at our portfolio, or please contact us if you would like to learn more about how we can help you in the planning of your next project.

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