Tom Wilhite Garden Design

After earning a Certificate in Ornamental Plants from Strybing Arboretum in 1996, I started Green Man Garden Design + Consultation. For the next 20 years, I split my time between that and producing books on horticulture and design for Sunset Books (see partial list below). I currently design and oversee the installation of landscapes for a wide variety of residential, commercial, and municipal clients in the Bay Area.


  1. The Sunset Western Garden Book (2001, 2007, 2012) – Senior Editor
  2. Landscaping with Stone (2010) – Author
  3. Patio and Stone: A Sunset Design Guide (2009) – Author
  4. Big Book of Garden Designs (2008) – Consulting Editor / Garden Designer
  5. Reinvent Your Garden (2002) – Senior Editor / Garden Designer
  6. Western Garden Book of Edibles (2010) – Managing Editor
  7. Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses (2002) – Senior Editor / Garden Designer
  8. Low-Maintenance Gardening (1998) – Senior Editor / Garden Designer
  9. The 20-Minute Gardener (2013) – Writer
  10. Western Landscaping Book (2005) – Associate Editor
  11. Pacific Northwest Top 10 Garden Guide (2004) – Writer / Senior Editor


I served on the founding board of directors for Sausalito Beautiful, a volunteer landscape organization that is thriving and growing today in partnership with the city and local business and organizations.

I have worked as Consulting Horticulturist for the City of Sausalito for the past decade, designing many of the medians on Bridgeway (our main street) to meet the challenge of drought and the need for low maintenance. I served as a member and chair of the Sausalito Trees and Views Committee.