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SOCO or South Coast Collection, a.k.a. The OC Mix is Orange County’s central shopping destination, inspiring decorators, designers, chefs and trendsetters. They have over 70 carefully curated restaurants, showrooms and stores. This outdoor venue is always bustling with people -outdoor yoga classes, live entertainment, planting and painting workshops are just some of the regular activities that draw crowds, not to mention their gourmet coffee shops, fine wine bars and one-of-a-kind boutiques.


The developer of SOCO envisioned a place where So Cal’s top interior designers and their clients would have an unmatched selection of design resources appealing to every taste and budget. They wanted to create an easy-to navigate, visually appealing destination for designers to spend a day with their clients perusing couture and boutique suppliers, and then, perhaps, stopping to enjoy a gourmet lunch, craft coffee or a post appointment cocktail to discuss a project.


SOCO hired Andre to create the luxurious landscape appointments for this inspiring designer destination. Our plan was to study the construction plans carefully and provide consulting and value engineering, including creating an irrigation plan that provided maximum water efficiency, re-spec’ing or re-routing plants and trees that were not practical or appropriate for the designated space considering their long-term growth habit, weighing in on overall design factors, locating unique specimen trees and plants of the best quality and size and last but not least–get it all done before the grand opening.


Nearly a decade later the SOCO venue is a thriving destination. The landscape has had plenty of years to mature and as planned, graces the architecture of the buildings with intention, bringing living, growing things into a retail space, inviting guests to stay awhile and follow a trumpet vine down an unexplored pathway or find yourself in interesting plant material that challenges your creative thinking on your next project. SOCO was completed on time and on budget with the long-success of the landscape in mind. We take care of all the things you’d rather not be concerned with particularly, say, a grand opening approaches.