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Home Gardens

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The point at which my love of the outdoors and gardens turned into a design and consulting business, called 'The Plant Artist', was when I was asked to create center pieces for a friends wedding. Loathe to throw away cut flowers, I planted instead, fifty succulent, rock and wood compositions in terra-cotta platters, tended to six months before the wedding. Over a decade later, many still live on in the gardens of those who took a planter home that night.

Initially it was succulent and drought tolerant garden designs. Later I began adding food and fruit, till gradually I came to understand, appreciate and focus on water harvesting earthworks, fire resistant, native plant pallet landscapes.  More recently I've begun to encourage and involve the client in the processes of building their garden. From plant selections, and shopping for materials to actually getting down and dirty in digging, clearing, constructing, planting and hand watering. Getting involved in as many processes of creating their own garden, nurtures an appreciation of what it takes for it all to come together. Some sweat equity never hurts in developing a deep respect for the entire process.

 

TurtleRock,
Irvine, California.       
Lawn makeover

Palos Verdes Estates, California. 
Lawn replacement

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mini rain garden

Pasadena, California. 
Craftsman front yard

 

West Pasadena,
California.
Cactus garden

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rock garden
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Rancho Palos Verdes,
California.
Native Plant front yard makeover

Los Angeles,California.
Eagle Rock hillside restoration

Palos Verdes,
California.
Water conservation, Native plant garden

San Rafael, West Pasadena
California.
Succulent garden

by the bird bench
when sprinklers came on
the old sofa bed
the mercedes sunroof
birds on the bench
pond reflections
matka flow
by the deck
under the oaks