Co-Founder and President, FormLA Landscaping
Cassy Aoyagi infuses FormLA Landscaping with her passion for sustainability and her commitment to developing distinctively beautiful landscapes. This commitment is evident in her frequent contributions to the Los Angeles Times Southern California Garden Clinic, Houzz, and the USGBC’s Green Home Guide.
With gardens featured at Descanso Gardens and the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, by La Canada Valley Beautiful, USGBC-San Gabriel Valley, the Santa Monica Conservancy, the Echo Park Historical Society and the Theodore Payne Foundation, Cassy’s work is familiar to local design and gardening enthusiasts.
Cassy values a landscape aesthetic authentic to Los Angeles and in sync with the area’s diverse, expressive and design-conscious culture. The look of Los Angeles eschews boring expanses of traditional lawn for creative outdoor rooms and scenic spaces. It enhances architectural beauty and the way the space is used. It commands curb appeal, incorporating parkways into the overall design of forward-facing gardens. Drives and walks take unique shapes and textures possible only in Los Angeles’ temperate climate, and diverse foliage needs little water to stay lush and vibrant year round.
In addition to creating distinctive landscape, Cassy educates Los Angeles residents and other landscapers in achieving outrageous beauty alongside optimal sustainability. She is a recognized expert in sustainable landscaping and California’s Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinances and earned the Teacher of the Year award from the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability, Water Resources. She teaches classes at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants, leads hike and learns where Angelenos can experience native foliage and see the impact of our landscaping choices, and provides free sustainable maintenance workshops.
Cassy is an accredited designer in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, a licensed contractor and board president of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. She and her husband Kirk earned bachelors degrees in environmental horticulture at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and founded FormLA Landscaping as C&K Landscape Design in 1997.