Friday, August 18, 2017


One thing I enjoy is going back to a garden that I designed years later and seeing it still looking great. In this case the garden is in Tustin, California.  The homeowners wanted to transform their front yard into a garden that the local wildlife could enjoy.  Although they wanted to keep some grass they did not want to keep all of it and were open to the idea of using drought tolerant plants and fun curved paths to transform this garden into a beautiful place that also adds a ton of curb appeal. Within this garden there are also many places to sit either next to someone or solo depending on your mood. 

You can read previous blog posts about this project...

This garden was installed by Laura Dalton Landscapes.  Although She no longer does garden installs, she does do detailed garden maintenance.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Lately I have been doing more video blog post and loving it.  That being said I think that this blog needs a bit of change and personality adjustment.  I love what I do and love the idea of producing regular content, but there always needs to be room to grow and evolve as this world evolves.  With that said I wanted to share some changes that are going to happen on this space and the accompanying YouTube channel and various other social media spaces.
First off I will be posting on here twice a week. A text post on Tuesdays and my usual video posts on Fridays.  I have become addicted to making videos and am having the time of my life.  I will also make each Friday video a topic so that for example the last Friday of the Month will/may be a vlog style of that month showing you behind the scenes of my biz.  I also intend to get more personal on this space sharing my zero waste vegan lifestyle.  There will also be other videos of designs done by other pros, nursery lectures, DIY's and fun collaborations.  

Change is a good thing and sometimes necessary for growth.  Now I would like to ask you what it is that you would like to see more of on this space.  Anything specific?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts.  

Friday, August 11, 2017


I was contacted last year by a homeowner in Newport Beach who wanted to redo his front garden. He and his wife had lived in the house for many years and had decided that what was there now (lots of lawn) no longer suited their fancy and wanted a change.  They wanted to use California native plants that did not need to be watered or maintained much and use some Dymondia to create a path.

All of the brick and tile work was already existing and in really good condition so we left it alone. They also had some existing pottery that need to be redone, which they did themselves after the installation.  I am really happy and pleased with how things turned out.  It's nice to go back many months later and see the beauty of ones creation.  That has always been my biz mission.  To transform landscapes into stunning works of art.  This video gives you a tour of the garden.