Lisa Hallett Taylor

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Lisa Hallett Taylor

Lisa Hallett Taylor is a writer and editor with a passion for architecture, landscape design, and home improvement projects, along with native and drought-tolerant gardening. You can contact Lisa by emailing


  • 12+ years writing about shelter and home and garden topics
  • Published more than 1,000 articles about landscaping, landscape and garden design, architecture, and home improvement
  • Has written for Los Angeles Times, Laguna Beach Magazine, Newport Beach Magazine, Emmy, Westways, and


Lisa is an established writer and editor whose work has appeared in numerous publications and websites. Taylor also writes blogs for companies in the pool, patio, and home and garden industries. She is currently writing a book on garden design.

Lisa lives with her family in a mid-century modern house with an authentic 1964-built swimming pool that they maintain themselves. A few of their many outdoor projects include creating and installing mosaic tile for the pool, designing and constructing two decks, and creating a courtyard patio with a vertical garden. Several years ago, Taylor used her certification and landscaping experience to re-design her lawn to include drought-tolerant plants, succulents, and hardscape.


Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She studied landscape design at Saddleback College and is certified in fine and decorative arts appraisal from the University of California, Irvine.

Expertise: Landscape design and architecture
Education: University of California, Irvine
Title: Writer and Editor

About The Spruce

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For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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