Landscape Co-Designer Isara Ongwiseth consciously honors the natural and cultural history of the sites he beautifies.
At the Weiss residence in Santa Monica, Isara designed to complement an historic farm home recognized by the Santa Monica Conservancy for its extraordinary restoration. The garden preserved fruit trees and incorporated visually striking edible gardens. It has been featured on the Santa Monica Conservancy Tour, and its two IdealMow lawns and vivacious California native foliage make it a perennial favorite on the Theodore Payne Foundation Native Garden Tour.
Isara’s work at a French provincial home in La Canada earned placement on the Art of the Garden and USGBC garden tours, a Certificate of Recognition for environmental stewardship from the California State Assembly, and two La Canada Valley Beautiful awards. His architecturally-relevant design replaced a boring traditional lawn with a Mediterranean garden full of vibrant colors and textures.
Isara also contributed compelling value for several developments and public gardens. At the LEED® Platinum Lofts @ Cherokee Studios designed by Pugh+Scarpa-designed, the greenroof design evokes the legendary musical history of the site. Gardens surrounding Sierra Madre City Hall save water and energy while reflecting the area’s history as a bread basket for Native American nations. Isara also contributed to the lush, low-water design of the New Look for LA at Descanso Gardens.
Prior to joining FormLA Landscaping, Isara conducted extensive research into the design of many urban centers, including Los Angeles’ historical Olvera Street, Los Angeles Union Station, and a downtown Pomona pocket park. Isara continues to enjoy urban adventures and the advancing gentrification of downtown L.A. He recently moved from a charming Art Deco home in the Korea Town district to Alhambra, where he will have more room to design a garden of his own.
Isara earned a bachelor of science in Landscape Architecture at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.