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When I need to scout for pottery or furnishings for a client, I often head to Potted in Atwater Village. Owners Mary Gray and Annette Gutierrez offer a delightfully bohemian mix of fountains, outdoor furniture, succulents, lighting, and of course, pots. On a recent trip, I admired a new tiled table of their own design,...
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On a foggy morning in Fall, I visited a lovely garden in Arcadia designed by renowned designer Judy Horton.  The informal tour was part of the Southern California Horticultural Society’s Coffee in the Garden series, which features gardens owned by the Society’s members.  Working with an established, 30-year-old landscape already featuring beautiful specimen plants and...
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Coming from a city as park poor as Los Angeles, to one with an abundance of open space such as London, is truly inspiring.  I recently spent an afternoon experiencing art and architecture in Kensington’s Gardens, which features 240 acres of parkland in the heart of London. I went expressly to see the Serpentine Sackler...
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By now you must know I am hooked on garden tours, believing that experiencing great garden spaces is an essential, ongoing part of the landscape designer or landscape architect’s education. Yesterday I toured six Los Angeles residential gardens as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.  Below are images of my favorite garden that...
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With its mild climate and diverse plant life, California has a rich tradition of garden design.  From Spanish-influenced mission gardens, to estate gardens of the 1920s and modern residential landscapes by Thomas Church and Garrett Eckbo, there is a stunning variety to study and experience. I recently visited Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens...
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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