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Japanese Style Garden Design

A microcosm of the world, this garden design was inspired by rock climbing escapades to Yosemite and backpacking trips to the Sierras with my wife and kids. Each rock and stone meticulously placed, stepping stones carefully laid out to allow visitors the ability to wander freely past lush plantings to a tranquil pond, finally as is the case with most traditional Japanese gardens, it is enclosed with a fence or wall.

Hillside Garden Design

Drought tolerant, deer resistant, native and non native plant materials are used to naturalize a steep hillside.

New Home in Gilory

A carryover from my days in art school, like a palette of favorite colors, I definitely have a list of all time favorite, hardy, drought tolerant, native, non native, edible plants, grasses and trees I rely on. I often oversee the final placement of all plants and boulders. I strongly believe that when all the elements of a garden are in their proper location and the composition is just right, it creates a detectable harmonic vibration.

Lawn Replacement

A modest front yard, it is not difficult to improve on a dying lawn. Paths and boulders can accent most any landscape.

The Sustainable Landscape

This garden located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains required very little additional irrigation once established. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used on this property. These clients are very conscious of zero carbon footprint and had an extensive solar PV array to offset electricity usage. In designing this garden I used views of  the surrounding forest and our human perception of what a beautiful garden is and  blended these ideas together.

Current Projects 2022


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Atherton Residence

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Watsonville AirBnB

"If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden."  Francis Hodgson Burnett

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