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  • Reaping the benefits of going “low water” in your landscape:

    Besides the obvious lower water bill there are great benefits to cultivating a low water garden. Many of my friends have mentioned their recent water bills to me and I remind them that we are in a Mediterranean climate typified by long hot dry summers......

  • Where did all the green carpet come from?

    Lawns have become such a permanent fixture in our collective psyche that it’s hard to imagine a time when everyone didn’t have their plot of green.  We can thank the wealthy, well traveled Americans in the early 1900’s who returned from England with visions of......

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (and breakfast, lunch….)?

    Let’s say you do decide to remove your lawn and replace it with a gorgeous mix of climate appropriate plants.  You will in effect be saying “hello nature, come on over.” Your garden will now be a welcome habitat to birds and beneficial insects alike. ......

  • Wattles for Veggies

    First, I must give my mentor and friend Marilee Kuhlman full credit for this one.  I was meeting with her and brainstorming for a client and she mentioned how she tested out places on her property for future edible beds by using straw wattles. Wattles,......

  • My New Best Friends are Australian

    Last month I had the pleasure of hanging out with my fellow designers and visiting some inspirational gardens in Ojai. We also went to Jo O’Connell’s Australian Plant Nursery. We designers and plant lovers were like “fish in a barrel” as my dad would say.......

  • So When Do Those Warm Season Veggies Go In?

    Yesterday morning, when I should’ve been working, I spent hours salivating over the high mowing seed offering of warm season vegetables.  I was searching for tomatoes but I managed to also find some interesting cucumbers, beans and spinach. Seeds for Picolino (cucumber), Blue Lake (bean) and Ping......