Cari Vega

Cari Vega
A Smart Garden
APLD CA Membership
Professional Member
APLD CA District
Greater Los Angeles

Design Consult

Speaker Teacher Writer

A SMART GARDEN is a residential landscape design & consulting firm based in Southern California. Our focus is on building gardens that satisfy the needs of homeowners while also being mindful of the larger needs of our natural world. We aim to weave both practical and aesthetic considerations into sustainable, beautiful garden designs, one home at a time.

A SMART GARDEN founder Cari Vega is a lifelong horticulturist. Ms. Vega earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from The University of California, Irvine, then proceeded to use plants as her preferred medium in which to create. Her career has included work in floral design, interior landscaping, wholesale plant sales, garden center management, and landscape design, installation & maintenance.

Ms. Vega has taught numerous garden-related classes over the years at retail nurseries, plant clubs and community gardens. Topics have included drought-tolerant landscaping, vegetable & herb gardening, fruit tree care & pruning, companion planting, orchid care & repotting, rose care & pruning, container gardening and basic landscape design. A list of upcoming classes can be found on A SMART GARDEN's website at