A local, small business.
Friend + Sweet offers highly personalized landscape design and management services for Bay Area home and business owners.
Proprietors Emil Friend and Angele Sweet are long-time Bay Area residents who are passionate about design, horticulture, and a healthy environment.
Native and habitat- supporting plants.
Efficient irrigation systems.
Soil health and conservation.
Minimal reliance on chemicals and toxins.
Partnerships with conservation groups.
A long-term approach to sustainability.
Embracing and promoting Bay-friendly principles.
Angele grew up playing on the shores and hills of the San Francisco East Bay. She received a Bachelor of Art History from UC Santa Barbara and received certification in landscape horticultural and landscape design/construction from Merritt College. She is also a certified Bay-Friendly Designer.
Angele enjoys working with clients to create personal spaces, writing her monthly gardening blog and visiting botanical gardens. She likes to use plants in her designs that are adapted to California’s Mediterranean climate.
As Landscape Design Principal, Angele spearheads most design projects, and keeps a hand in operations and maintenance.
Read an interview with Angele by the San Leandro Downtown Association.
Emil received an early introduction to horticulture as a child growing up on a homestead in rural Pennsylvania, and has been an unabashed plant geek ever since. He completed landscape architecture design studios at Pennsylvania State University, and is nearing completion of the design curriculum sequence in the Landscape Horticulture department at Merritt College.
Emil is certified in Bay-Friendly maintenance practices. He has particular interests in gardening with ornamental edibles, natives, succulents and dry-summer-adapted plants from around the world.
As Landscape Management Principal, Emil coordinates garden maintenance and implemented services, and also consults on design projects.
Otherwise, find him birdwatching, beach picnicking, or buried in a book.