Friday, May 5, 2023

FRONT GARDEN MAKEOVER IN DANA POINT

This front garden in Dana Point got a makeover just under 3 months ago.  The client had a simple yet clear brief.  She wanted a California native garden alongside a groundcover area with soft set flagstone to put a small bistro table and chairs.  The existing hardscape was going to remain, which meant that the new flagstone had to coordinate with it.  The groundcover used in this case is Kurapia (in plugs) that once filled in will create a beautiful lounging area with the flagstone.  




Friday, April 28, 2023

SUNDAY IN A LIFE + VISITING THE SPRING GARDEN SHOW

 Sunday April 23, was the last day of the South Coast Plaza spring garden show and I decided to go visit and take you along with me.  So many gardens to see.  So many different ideas that you could get for your space.  The gardens are (on the first floor) are each paired with a home store that provides the furnishings.  On the second floor are retail booths selling plants and garden accessories.  Along with the garden show I also take you painting with me, while at a coffee shop.  



Friday, April 7, 2023

OC CNPS 2023 GARDEN TOUR

 On April 1st, the Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society had it's annual garden tour.  In the previous few years due to covid they did not have an in person tour.  Finally, they got back to it.  There were 16 gardens on tour but I only visited 6.  2 in Irvine, 2 in Lake Forest and 2 in Costa Mesa.  

Each garden was uniquely curated to suit the taste of the owner.  Some were designed by a landscape designer and installed by a landscape contractor, and some where done as a DIY.  Each garden took into account how much sun/shade the plants were going to get.  Some even had existing plants that had to be worked around.  In this video I give you a tour of the 6 that I went to.