Friday, April 14, 2017


This garden was a really fun collaboration between me, Nicholas Holmes who designed the rainwater harvesting / laundry to landscape system and Landscape Contractor Ben Green of Down to Earth Lawn and Garden.  The clients were open to lots of drought saving ideas.  This garden features a laundry to landscape system that uses the laundry water to irrigate the fruit trees.  4 Bushman rain tanks and a swale in the front allow for water percolation and collection.  There are also many drought tolerant plants as well as 3 raised garden beds and many other features.

The plants are a mixture of drought tolerant California friendly plants as well as some California natives all mixed in nicely to create this beautiful rain garden.  I am very pleased with the outcome! In face when we had really heavy rains the client told me that the rain garden water filled to the brim with water as were the rain tanks.

If you have done any sort of rain water harvesting in your garden then comment below and let me know.  I would love to see what you have done and possibly feature it on this blog.

Friday, April 7, 2017


This garden was installed in 2015 and is going to be on the Orange County California native plant society garden tour on April 8, 2017.  I thought I would give a tour for those that can't go on the garden tour and a sneak peak for those that are attending.

I can't even begin to explain how happy I felt when I pulled up to this garden.  My jaw dropped!  It''s moments like these when I truly feel blessed to get to do what I do for a living.  Not to brag (well maybe a little) but I love my job.

If you live in Orange County I am offering a complimentary design consultation.  Contact me to get started.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


What I would like to do is give you a peak into my own garden every couple of months.  In my world living with two cats is bound to have changes to the plant life I keep.  That being said this is an update on my indoor plants.

The Japatul Cleveland Sages I had planted did not fair well and the Coyote Mints I planted got thrashed by the cats.  I had also planted some chives and basil that the cats enjoyed eating.  I may one day have to accept the reality that having indoor herbs with two cats is not an option.  For now I will keep experimenting.

If you have grown plants indoors with cats or other pets then comment and tell me about your experience.