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Bee-friendly Gardens

Bee-friendly Gardens

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in Blog, In the Garden | 1 comment

Are you longing for a garden that hums with life? My garden reading this winter has been highlighted by California Bees & Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists.  Drawing from years of research at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab, the book outlines how to transform an urban or suburban garden into a bee-friendly habitat. California Bees and...

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Hollywood Garden Tour: Judy Horton

Hollywood Garden Tour: Judy Horton

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Blog, Out and About | 0 comments

Surrounding one of the original 1920’s Hollywoodland cottages in Beachwood Canyon, Landscape designer Judy Horton’s garden is a jewel box filled with plants that reflect her 25 years of gardening and designing.  I was amazed at the number of unusual plants (270 species!) tucked into the tiny garden when I visited in June as part of the Southern...

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Open Days Garden Tour: Kayne Garden

Open Days Garden Tour: Kayne Garden

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Blog, Out and About | 0 comments

By now you must know I am hooked on garden tours, believing that experiencing great garden spaces is an essential, ongoing part of the landscape designer or landscape architect’s education. Yesterday I toured six Los Angeles residential gardens as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.  Below are images of my favorite garden that...

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Water Features

Water Features

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Clients often ask for water elements in their gardens, and lately I’ve been researching ways to help make them more waterwise.  Check out my ideabook for Houzz for tips on siting, designing and maintaining fountains with water conservation in mind. Here are a few water features — from tabletop size to koi pond — that I’ve designed...

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South Pasadena Beautiful Garden Tour

South Pasadena Beautiful Garden Tour

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Blog, In the Garden, Out and About | 4 comments

Yesterday my husband and I welcomed over 400 people to our garden, which was one of seven featured on the free, annual South Pasadena Beautiful Garden Tour. Each garden displayed principles of sustainability–including California native and Mediterranean landscaping, planting for wildlife, bioswales, permeable paving options and recycling organic...

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Native Garden Tour

Native Garden Tour

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog, Out and About | 2 comments

When I heard that Catherine Pannell and Robert Waters purchased their home in Downey 38 years ago for its garden potential, I knew they were kindred spirits. Having already gardened extensively with cacti, palms, succulents, fruit trees and more on their original 1/3 acre lot, the couple’s native garden was born when they purchased the vacant lot next...

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