Before & After: The Crack Garden by CMG

A garden can really be created anywhere, if you don’t beleive me then you will after you see this garden….A concrete jungle is nothing a jackhammer, some dirt and the plants that colonize the cracks in a urban environment can’t handle.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

4 Comments

  1. Louise on May 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Isn’t this a great idea- kinda fun and fresh. This design won an ASLA residential award in 2209. Incidentally their SF office is hiring a LA with 3-5 yrs. experience.

  2. private on May 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

    That’s beautiful, and such an improvement over the blank concrete.
    My husband wants to replace our cracked driveway – not any more! I could make a smiley face or a diamond pattern. Maybe the traditional quartered square with a circle in the middle. I know there are plants we can drive over because they are there now. But besides dandelions and chickweed, creeping jenny might do well, or thyme. Imagine getting out of the car to be met by an herbal cloud. Hmm. Lavender in the middle circle? Mint?

  3. Lisa on May 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    When we were house-hunting, I was dismayed to see how many people had paved their yards with a concrete slab. We kept joking that if we bought one of those homes, I’d be getting a jackhammer as a housewarming gift.

  4. ryan on May 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Is the Crack Garden maintained with a crack hoe?

    Sorry to be a cranky commenter on your blog, but I’m astonished that it got an ASLA award, and I noticed in the write-up in LAM that the other residents took it out and installed a real garden as soon as Conger moved out. I think it’s worth blogging about, but not worth keeping in your backyard more than a season or two.

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