Hello From Southern California….

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I think I forgot to mention yesterday, that I am Southern California on vacation – though I am still blogging between trips to the pool, walks on the beach, trips to Disneyland (tomorrow) and whatever else we end up doing.  My in-laws (where we are staying) live in Palos Verdes, which I have to say, is a really nice place.  They have lovely views and this peninsula is so naturally pretty, I always somehow forget how nice it is between visits.

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Obviously, everything looks different here (Rochelle, you are not in New England anymore) – and I find it so inspiring to see all the different plants and trees, the lovely (overly?) manicured gardens that surround every house, and the beautiful ocean views.

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I think I am going to probably go on about all things Southern Californian until I leave. (Bear with me).  I thought I would share with you (over the next few days) the portfolios of some super talented southern Californian designers and design teams.

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All of these lovely gardens were designed by Dry Design under the principals Sasha Tarnopolsky and John Jennings.   I love them because they are so appropriate to the desert — I have to admit the abundance of green lawns is a little much.

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I have some more to share with you tomorrow….but in the mean time, click on over to Dry Design, they have such an inspiring portfolio beyong just these images, and well worth the visit.

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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.

3 Comments

  1. Chuck on November 25, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Check out the Getty and Hunington Library if you can. Very nice. And I’ll be interested to hear about Disney color plantings…have they cut back on annual color???

  2. Alicia Hanson on November 26, 2009 at 1:49 am

    You should come down to the San Diego Botanical Gardens or Huntington Gardens..

  3. Jenn on May 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Not overly-manicured. If you look at nature’s desert-scaping of the sonoran desert, you will note the same distancing of plants. Water is sparse here, and mimicking nature’s survival strategies make for more successful water-wise gardens.

    When you’ve been here a while, your aesthetic eye becomes used to that spare look.

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