By

June Scott
Our brief rainstorm last week was a welcome reminder that fall is almost here.  In Southern California’s Mediterranean climate, fall is sometimes called the “second spring.” After the heat of summer when many native and Mediterranean plants slip into dormancy, many plants will have a burst of spring-like blooms. If what you’re craving is traditional...
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Surrounding one of the original 1920’s Hollywoodland cottages in Beachwood Canyon, Landscape designer Judy Horton’s garden is a jewel box filled with plants that reflect her 25 years of gardening and designing.  I was amazed at the number of unusual plants (270 species!) tucked into the tiny garden when I visited in June as part...
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A relaxing outdoor seating area continues to be one of the most requested features from my clients. Here a few tips to consider when planning your own: How will you use the space? For intimate gatherings? Large parties? Make sure you allow enough room to enjoy the area the way you would like to.  For...
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Experiencing landscapes that have been consciously developed hones our senses and improves our capacity to appreciate good design. Last month I visited a beauty: The Moreland Garden is a hillside property perched high atop the Santa Monica mountains and designed by landscape architect Lisa Gimmy. This private garden was open as part of the Garden...
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Yesterday my husband and I welcomed over 400 people to our garden, which was one of seven featured on the free, annual South Pasadena Beautiful Garden Tour. Each garden displayed principles of sustainability–including California native and Mediterranean landscaping, planting for wildlife, bioswales, permeable paving options and recycling organic waste. In front of our house was...
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of