Awards & Distinctions


Featured in November, 2004 issue of Sunset Magazine, Terra Bella Landscaping shows what it takes to design and build Perfectly Made Beds. Terra Bella Landscaping has also been featured in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Goodtimes and The Seascape.

Owner, Nikos Lynch has contributed to articles such as Getting Started in Your Garden by Angela Signorelli, and Pondless Waterfalls by Andrea Gifford. Mr. Lynch has also been a featured speaker at the central coast Home and Garden Expo for the last 4 years, speaking on topics such as Gardening with Feng Shui and Fall Color.


2013 Best Landscaper

In 2013 Terra Bella Landscaping won the people's choice for best landscaper according to the GoodTimes readers poll.

2009 Xeriscape Award

In 2009 Terra Bella Landscaping won Xeriscape for a rainwater system in Los Gatos, CA. This same project also won a Custom residential installation award.

2008 Smart Garden Award

Terra Bella Landscaping won the Smart Garden contest in 2008 for low water usage landscaping, sponsored by the Master Gardeners Program and Soquel Creek Water district. This project also won a Small Commercial Installation award.

2008 Special Effect Awards

Terra Bella Landscaping was recognized with an award in special effects lighting and large residential installation for a home in Capitola, CA.

2007 Water Feature Award

In 2007 Terra Bella Landscaping received an award for a custom residential water feature installation we did at a private home in Aptos, CA.

2005 Xeriscape Award

Terra Bella Landscaping won a Xeriscaping award for our native habitat wildlife food source garden in Capitola, CA.

2004 Special Effects Award

Terra Bella Landscaping was also awarded the Special Effects Award 2004 for the Stienback residence in Santa Cruz. The Special Effects Award is given once a year to landscape companies who show outstanding creativity and innovation.

2003 Beautification Awards

The Seascape issued 2003 Beautification Awards and Terra Bella Landscaping was awarded: Winner of the Excelsior Award. We are excited to have received this wonderful award and want to thank the Seascape as well as our customers who make it possible for us to do award-winning projects!

Service to the Community

Terra Bella Landscaping is actively involved in community projects including the following:

  • Live Oak Family Resource Center garden and landscaping
  • 7th Avenue community vegetable garden project
  • Jacobs Heart play area setup
  • Hospice of Santa Cruz respite garden
  • New School Continuation High School edible garden

Professional Designations

Central Coast California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA)

clca341 Terra Bella Lanscaping owner, Nikos Lynch, is the President of the Central Coast California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA). CLCA is a non-profit trade organization of state licensed landscape and landscape-related limited specialty contractors. CLCA's membership, which totals approximately 2,500 individuals, also includes suppliers to contractors, landscape architects, educators, public officials, and students.

Client Testimonials

  • Nikos Lynch is an honest, dependable and wonderful businessman and truly cares about his clients needs. I would recommend Terra Bella for all your landscaping needs, large or small.

    People continually stop by and admire our yard! – Curt K. Santa Cruz, CA

  • Just over a year ago Nikos designed and installed my garden - and I couldn't be more joyous about it.  He was able to figure out exactly what I wanted and designed something that I will enjoy for decades.

    – Cara F. Capitola, CA

  • Nikos worked with me and heard what I thought I wanted to do. He knew how to help me make design choices that ended up making me happy.

    Everyone comments on the transformation and I couldn't be happier. – Franklin D. Santa Cruz, CA

  • When we approached Nikos, we had a very tight budget and lots of grand ideas. Through imaginative yet careful design, Nikos was able to tailor our vision to meet our budget giving us the backyard of our dreams.

    Megan W. Capitola, CA

  • One of the best and most ethical landscape contractors I have worked with.

    You are in good hands with Nikos from Terra Bella.

    Julie O. San Leandro, CA

  • Nikos's crew is top-notch and a pleasure to have around. Terra Bella is a company that offers great customer service, detailed knowledge, a strong work ethic, sheer artistry, and something truly rare--soul.

    I give Terra Bella my highest recommendation. – Vicky M. Los Gatos, CA

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