A Fresh New Garden for Sarah’s Desert A-frame

As the winter darkness continues to creep in and the days get painfully short here in Boston, I crave the light of southern climates.  Sarah Sherman Samuel’s new garden in Palm springs is just where I’d like to be.  This makeover transforms a manky and dark a-frame home in the desert of Palm Springs, CA to a light and fresh modern home for a growing family.  My favorite elements are those giant wood blocks that make the paths and patio floors (a diamond in the rough gift from the renovation gods) and the cactus with the backdrop of the white-painted stone.  I love that particular mix of textures in the garden.  And did you see the painted white stock tank plunge pool?  It is so sweet and fun and far better to look at than any blow up rubber job that you might pick up at the toy store.

Make sure you head over to Sarah’s blog to see more (and there is a lot more to see) of this fantastic makeover!

A Fresh New Garden for Sarah's Desert A-frame - Before

Before, the A-frame home was dark and garden was full of garbage, debris and dead trees.


After a fresh coat of white paint, a new roof and a-lot of garden cleanup.

A Fresh New Garden for Sarah's Desert A-frame

Before – Despite being in the sunny desert, this garden looks dark and miserable.

A Fresh New Garden for Sarah's Desert A-frame

After – A new fence, tree pruning, and distinctive white gravel makes the space much more attractive.

A Fresh New Garden for Sarah's Desert A-frame

A Fresh New Garden for Sarah's Desert A-frame

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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.

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