Photographs by Caitlin Atkinson. Unless noted otherwise.
Photograph by Eric Brandon Gomez
Photographs by Caitlin Atkinson
Rooted in my belief in planting what is horticulturally and sensually appropriate for each particular space, the plant species and nativity is all over the globe in this Sherman Oaks hillside garden. We're not trying to recreate Bali, South Africa, or Tuscany here... we're simply making a California garden.
The city required for us to excavate a percolation pit in the front yard of this new residence.
Instead, we raised the level approximately 3, sculpted an undulating mound, and left a percolation dimple with a subsurface pit as a drainage solution to the property.
Organic materials & manipulated lines create a dynamic relationship between vertical and horizontal planes. Wild meadow grasses create a biomorphic relaxation to this highly controlled garden.
*fencing designed with and built by Brandon Hudson
DETROIT ST., WEHO
The guiding principle was to create a sense of place that balances the theatrical with a feeling of serenity and joy. Low maintenance elements such as Agaves, Fortnight Lilies, Ornamental Plum trees, Cape Rush, concrete pavers, gravel, and ipe are consistent with the busy schedule of the client.
SANTA CLARA AVE, VENICE
I had the pleasure of co-designing and consulting on plant selection & specimen procurement alongside friend, mentor, & landscape architect, Michael Braden. Specimen selections and procurements include Aloe dichotoma, Acacia pendula, Aloe 'Medusa', Aloe vaombe, and Cercis canadensis.
*Installation by Valley Crest Tree Company and Raudel Sandoval.
Poured concrete pads provide a direct path to the front door, driveway, and sidewalk. Mexican Feather Grass gives motion to the entrance. A terraced gravel patio is positioned to catch morning sunshine.
The backbone of this garden, the fences, set a clear boundary while also fostering a sense of welcome and community. Ornamental Plums planted in the wide parkway create a warm passage for pedestrians along the sidewalk. Plantings also include meadow grasses, succulents, Caribbean Copper, and Pittosporum.