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What types of gardens are you drawn to? The gardens that resonate most with me are those that are (or were) deeply personal for their owners. An exhilarating example here in Southern California is Ganna Walska Lotusland, a 37-acre nonprofit botanical garden located in Montecito, near Santa Barbara. The unique and exquisite plants of Lotusland...
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Humans are innately drawn to nature; biophilia being the term coined for our inherent desire to connect with the environment. Beyond the sense of ease that comes with spending time in the natural world, there are positive physiological benefits to spending time in the outdoors. An NPR article, by Marielle Segarra, states that trees have...
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logs in a sand filled play space
The natural playground creates a world to be discovered; it consists of structures built from what exists in nature and allows for children’s creativity to shape their play. Here are some structures, which can be interwoven into a landscape design as a cost effective and equally safe alternative to standard structures. 1. Start with Some...
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Throughout Los Angeles, many of the trees that shade our streets and absorb carbon are nearing the end of their lifespans. Urban trees can often have shorter than usual lifespans, and in Southern California, many are succumbing to disease after years of drought. As an example, all of the beautiful mature camphor trees on the...
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Fusing architecture and landscape, Casa Prieto-López was designed from 1947-1951 by Mexican architect and Pritzker Prize winner Luis Barragán. On a recent visit to Mexico City, I toured this iconic project, now renamed Casa Pedregal by businessman and collector César Cervantes, who from 2013 to 2016 restored the home with architect Jorge Covarrubias.  The landscape too,...
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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