Outdoor Living
First a Trend, Now an Essential

Today’s guest post is written by former Garden Design editor Sarah Ristorcelli, who is working on an outdoor living book for Timber Press. What are origins? Somebody somewhere did something for their…

Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker

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The Drought in the News

When I read the New York Times April coverage of our California drought, I thought it posed a fair question: What will life in California be like in the years ahead?…

Villa del Greco
Part 2: An Inviting Entry

In my last post, I talked about my initial meeting with our client and her home, Villa del Greco, and how we made a list of issues to address, chief…

Villa del Greco
Part 1: First Steps

I’d like to share some of the gardens we’ve built – not just to show off the results of our work, which I’m very proud of – but to give…

Welcome to The Art of Outdoor Living

I’ve been designing and building gardens in Santa Barbara for 30+ years (yikes – where does the time go???). We live in our gardens here – the climate is that…