Santa Barbara, California
"With the work I do, I'm so fortunate to meet truly exceptional people, and that my clients also become dear friends."
We designed a “cottage garden” to tastefully frame this Craftsman-style home.
Beautiful Mediterranean perennials, native plants, and fruit trees are the superstars
here along with our client’s own handmade pottery and sculptures that are featured
throughout the gardens.
Rainfall drains to a peaceful rain pond that recharges the water table,
feeds on-site edible fruit trees, and reduces the storm water flowing into
our creeks and ocean.
Attractive soft gravel paths and smooth stone pebble bioswales meander naturalistically.
Low walls now spaciously terrace the property, resulting in more useable garden
and living space than existed before and to better capitalize on the 180 degree
A handsome lawn substitute, dymondia, needs little to no irrigation once
established and no noisy and no air polluting mowing necessary!
This model “green” home in Santa Barbara has won many awards and honors and has
been featured on garden tours.
- Reuse of existing concrete paving & stone
- Onsite and local materials and craftsmen
- The old concrete driveway has been given new life as low garden walls rather than going to the landfill.
- Use of succulents, natives and South Africans -- non-invasive and low water needs reduce dependence on supplemental irrigation.
- Succulents, natives and South Africans plants are naturally pest and disease resistant.
- Greywater from the washing machine irrigates and feeds outdoor plants with laundry soap that is also a fertilizer.
- Permeable gravel paths and rain pond retain stormwater allowing for percolation & groundwater recharge. Mitigates pollutants and does not contribute to storm flows.
- Bioswales allow for water percolation/ground water recharge rather than draining off-site
- Zoned ‘smart’ irrigation for precise watering
- Liberal use of mulch for weed control, retains soil moisture to reduce the drying effect of the sundowner winds, reduces maintenance costs, and revitalizes the soil as it breaks down.
- Because the drainage transitions to local watersheds, we were sure to institute the use of non-toxics – herbicides, fertilizers, soil amendments, etc.
- Organic Food-scaping – protects people, pets, and ecosystems
- Deciduous trees on south & west sides to provide summer shade
- No lawn – no noisy and no air polluting mowing necessary
- Use of local and onsite stone – native look
- Inconspicuous solar panels on the roof provide more than enough energy to meet all their needs.
- “Warm” LED low wattage lighting uses 1/10 the energy of traditional lighting & compliant with "Dark Skies Initiative" (light pollution)
- Local vendors, contractors and craftsmen employed