Daily Garden: Arlene & Desiree’s Front Garden Creek

Silver lake front garden los angeles

images by Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

front garden in silver lake los angeles california

While I was in LA, I had the luxury of reading the Los Angeles Times Daily Paper regularly, ( I love the paper but never have time to work my way through them).  Anyway, in my vacationing ability to make time for such things, I came across this great  front garden.  Arlene and Desiree wanted to live near water, but given the 980-square-foot frontyard, a little stream made more sense.   Now the garden is has become a community place where children stop and wade and walkers rest on the redwood bench at the edge of the sidewalk.

Does anyone really design their front garden to be a pocket park for their neighborhood?  This is pretty rare in my experience but wouldn’t it be interesting if we all started looking at our gardens (at least those in the front of our homes) as community places?

The garden was built by  California Waterscapes in La Crescenta and designed by landscape architect Barry Thau.

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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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  1. Shellene on August 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Ask not what your garden can do just for you, but what it can do for the community!

  2. Delphine on August 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Waooo… crazy colors. I love it.

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