Sarah Warto

Influenced by her mother and grandmother, fellow landscape designers and passionate botanical enthusiasts, Sarah Warto was exposed at a young age to many aspects of the field; igniting her passion for design and its intersection with the natural world. As a child, school breaks meant visits to her father’s home country of France, which opened her mind to some of Europe’s most honored gardens and estates. Today, she is a licensed landscape architect and founded Boxleaf Design, an award-winning full service landscape architectural firm, in 2012.

“My style is to lead through example. Our industry is still male dominated, especially on the construction side,” she says. “I have found that for women, especially ones who are newer to the industry, it is important for me to show them how to hold oneself with confidence, poise and comfortability, regardless of the audience.”

Sarah is a proud New York native who earned her landscape architecture degree from Cornell University in the heart of the stunning Finger Lakes Region. Her career began at the international firm of HOK, working on large-scale and highly-complex international and national planning and landscape projects.  Later moving to the private sector, Sarah, was able to apply her appreciation for historical gardens to creating highly personalized, timeless and contextual spaces. Sarah, who is based in San Carlos, is continually seeking insight and creative rejuvenation from the Bay Area's native, diverse environment in its most rugged, pure form.

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