horticulture + design GALLERY

Solana Beach front yard retreat
New fence, flagstone seating, planting, and veggie beds give this front yard a lot of function and style.
Solana Beach Rock House
Solana Beach Rock House
Neighbor friendly seating. Front courtyards are the best!
Solana Beach Rock House
Entry design
Monkey flower in the afternoon light
Quilter's Garden
Daybed sits on cement tile rug set with saltillo tiles.
Carlsbad Quilter's Garden
Janus et cie chair with our "fescue foot rest" and verbena
Carlsbad Quilter's Garden
Mercury Mosaics tile "water trough" radiating from reciruculating water feature
Enchanting side yard entry
New stucco wall, gate and arch to blend with existing house.
Client's enjoying new yard
Native woodland garden
California fuchsia
Bold accents
Freshly installed, Encinitas
Point Loma front entry
Point Loma corner lot
Low maintenance creek bed and planting give modern casual aesthetic without the upkeep
Finishing Touches
Trio of pots, string of lights
La Jolla Planting
Collaboration with home developers
La Jolla Planting
Citrus and succulents
Entertainer's backyard
From lawn to patio, firepit grill and bar.
Firepit with Arizona flagstone
Rockroses, sages and rosemar
Colorful erosion control
Kensignton Courtyard
Del Mar shades of green landscape
Sea of sages
Succulents and natives playing well
Modern Solana Beach
Transformed from Ranch home to contemporary beach house. We worked with contractors leaving no detail overlooked.
Modern Solana Beach
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The Process
Design process for Zen inspired front entry with custom water feature.
Collaboration with Elemental
Narrow back yard lawn gets transformed in outdoor rooms with edge and plants.
Normal Heights Charm
Urbanite paths and patios re-use concrete from client's old driveway while dry creek bed manages water on long sloping lot in Normal Heights
Asian garden meets California
Asian garden meets California.
Asian Garden
Asian California garden in what was once all weeds.
Native and Mediterranean Front Gard
Native and Mediterranean Front Garden.
Front Yard Border Planting
In this coastal garden grasses, succulents and dwarf conifers all play along nicely together.
Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn
Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn in new cottage garden design.
Oak Woodland Bocce Court
Unused side yard transformed into oak woodland bocce court with ferns, heuchera, bay / toyon hedge and boulder seating.
CA native front garden
CA native front garden.
Coprosma, meet Leonotis.
Soquel Front Courtyard
Atherton Cape Cod
Lilies, nepeta, lambs ears and roses at Peninsula Cape Cod style home.
Cottage Wonderland
Previously dead lawn. Heuchera, lavender, geraniums, abutilon surround a flagstone patio and herbs grow around the birdbath in Santa Cruz, CA.
Integrated Edibles
Chard and berries growing among ornamentals. Photo by M. Sophia Santiago
Sunny Lawn Loser
From lawn to low water pollinator attracting color
Waterwise Clairemont Curb Appeal
Drought tolerant front lawn replacement, San Diego.
Atherton Cape Cod
California Cottage meets Cape Cod in Atherton rear yard design.
Jewel Box
Jewel toned waterwise front yard makeover in Jewel Box, Capitola.
Pot Scaping
Pot-scaping, Los Altos, CA
Polinator Courtyard
Raised fieldstone beds planted with natives, herbs and edibles surrounded by flagstone.
Aesthethic Pruning
Atherton Cape Cod
Soquel Front Courtyard
Native grass lawn, recycled pavers, sonoma boulders in freshly installed front courtyard retreat
Fremont Older
Spring at historic Woodhills Home on Fremont Older Open Space Preserve where I've been providing horticultural services since 2008
Fremont Older
Aesthetic pruning on old Dr Hurd manzanita
Hobbit Hole
Hobbit sauna nestled in Santa Cruz backyard
Water Feature
Custom pot water feature at home front entryway.
Backyard Retreat
Bouganvileea and daylilies with Quan Yin in background
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Point Loma front entry