Margaret and I started our 'Ron Allison Landscape Architect' business in Sacramento in 1980 as a design-build firm.  Over the next ten years we expanded to a staff of over 25 with designers, construction personnel and office staff, designing and installing commercial and residential landscape projects.  Some notable examples include the entry parks and commons in new communities including Los Lagos, Granite Bay Hills, Clo-du-Lac, St. Francis Woods, Princeton Reach, and El Dorado Royale.  We also designed and installed landscapes for many sets of model homes in the Sacramento, South Placer and El Dorado Hills areas.  In 1990 we downsized the business to design-only in favor of more time with our then high school age kids.  In 2000 we again downsized so that I could concentrate my efforts on residential projects -- a long-time goal.

About  Ron:

Education: Bachelor of Science/ Landscape Architecture- Cal-Poly Pomona Class of 1967

History: Raised in the Elk Grove, California, graduated EGHS in 1963. After college, spent three years in the Amazon area of Brazil in the Peace Corps working with host nationals to teach  home garden skills and build a community school.  Returning from Brazil in November of 1970, entered the workforce at Richard Murray Associates Landscape Architect in Carmel, California, working primarily on Pebble Beach residential estate properties and the San Mateo and Alameda County Flower Shows.  Returned to Sacramento in 1972, married Margaret, and took a position with CalTrans designing highway landscape and roadside rest projects. In 1973, transferred to California State Parks and Recreation to work  in the Interprative Planning Team on Historical State Park Master Planning -- notably the Fort Ross SHP and Columia SHP master plans. In 1976 they  returned to Carmel with Ron as a partner in the landscape architecture firm of Murray / Allison Associates.  By 1980, having grown weary of the coastal fog, they returned to Sacramento and warm summer evenings.

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Landscape Architects (past-member), California State Landscape Contractors Association (past chapter president, past state secretary, affiliate member). American Institute of Architects (affiliate member),  Building Industry Association (past member).

Service organizations:
past member and officer: Monterey Peninsula Jaycees; past member: Arden Arcade Rotary; past president and current board Member: The California Garden Project  (See "Botanical Gardens" below.
About Margaret:

Education: Bachelor of Science / Language Arts, with minor in Music from Cal-Poly Pomona (1968) and Masters in Education from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo (1970)

History: Transplanted from Texas at an early age, raised in South Pasadena, California, graduated Ramona Convent High School, Alhambra.  Worked as adviser with the student government and residence halls at Bimidji State College in Minnesota until she married Ron and settled in to raise the family back in California. From the inception of our business she has managed the office, personnel, and bookkeeping, and at the same time has managed the family needs, actively volunteered at school, church, civic and professional organizations. She brought music and our faith into our home and lives, and for thirty plus years we have sung in our local parish choir.

Current: Continuing with our business, she also started her own business as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay in December 2010. Her website: .  
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