Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vessels In Rain

Our partner company, Artemisia Landscape Design, is branching out and will be unveiling their new Rain Vessels later this month. Rain water cachement is an ancient method to collect and save rain water for later use and is coming into more popular use with our water crisis. Rain Vessels provide an artistic and aesthetically pleasing alternative to plastic rain barrels and will be available through Courtyard Pottery in the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach.

1" of rain over 1,ooo sqare feet of roof area can yield 6oo gallons of water. Collecting this water for future use not only reduces runoff pollution during rainstorms but saves on water bills when the garden becomes dry. The chlorine free water saved in smaller Rain Vessels can be used as an alternative to tap water for indoor and potted plants as well as a variety of other garden and home uses. Larger cachment systems can irrigate entire landscapes.

I've found them to be incredibly handy myself for keeping water on-hand for all of the potted plants in my patio area, instead of having to haul the hose around knocking over pots and creating a mess. Even after the rainwater has been used you can re-fill it with hose-water, pretty quickly the chlorine in the city water will evaporate and you are left with much healthier water for your plants!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Modern Outdoor Sculpture

Terra Sculpture, a Los Angeles based collaboration between designer Jennifer Asher and metal artist Mario Lopez, provides a line of beautifully sculpted garden art which is both modern and whimsical.

Their website shows their gorgeous selection of metal sculpture which has been featured in Garden Design Magazine and on The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie (our favorite designer!)

Great for modern gardens but even better for to give that special artistic edge to natural and meadow gardens!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Green Roofs and Living Walls

As Earth's population grows living areas become smaller and our cities grow upward. That leaves alot of vertical space to cover, and what better way to cover it than with beautiful tapestries of plants!

Living walls and green roofs not only create a beautiful and calming atmosphere but they have wonderful benefits for the environment also, releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere and (in the case of roofs and outdoor walls) collecting rainwater thereby reducing runoff.

There is a slight downside in that many of the plants suitable for these gardens are quite shallow rooted and, given the lack of root space available in these situations, they tend to dry out rather quickly and need frequent watering in our arid climate. That makes choosing appropriate plants slightly more difficult in our region, but there is still a wide array of great choices!

The upside (apart from the calming and environmental benefits) are that, within even a limited plant palette, there are countless design options ranging from entire building walls, to tiny wall hangings to grace a well lighted room.

Check out a few of these websites for more ideas!
Mosstika Urban Greenery - Artist

(photos: top Boston art installation by Mosstika, bottom succulent garden art by designer Mia Lehrer)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lots of Attention in Lakewood!

One of our native gardens in Lakewood is getting lots of special attention lately!

Our clients did a beautiful job installing the walkways, pottery features and native plants that we designed for them last April and their hard work is paying off!

The Los Angeles area native garden will be featured on KTLA Channel 5 on Thursday the 8th (this Thursday!) as well as being included in the Theodore Payne Foundation's Annual Native Garden Tour on Saturday the 10th!

Click here for more information about the tour and for those of you in the L.A. area be sure to tune in this Thursday!

Friday, April 2, 2010

April is here and so officially is garden tour season!

April 18th is the 8th Annual Oceanside Seaside Native Plant Garden Tour hosted by The Buena Vista Native Plant Club. The tour is free and I and other local native plant designers will serve as tour leaders.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to join the tour as part of my group!
Visit the BV Native Plant Club's Website for more tour info.
If you're in the neighborhood that weekend, the 5th Annual Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour will feature south Leucadia gardens and a free Marketplace at Orpheus Park.
Check out more San Diego Garden Tours arriving this month!