San Roque Family Compound

It was a long time coming: after what seemed like an interminable construction project, the family in an elegant Mediterranean in the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara was ready…

Details:
Favorite Flashy Vines

Looking for something different – and striking – in the vine department? Here are some of my favorite head-turning vines. Aristolochia gigantea – Pelican Flower A dense, rambunctious evergreen vine…

Exploration:
We Live in a Material World

A lot of thought goes into our choices for materials that contribute to the overall design of a garden. We’re not only talking about the plants—which are indeed important, crucial…

When the Kitchen is Your Garden

I love beautiful gardens and gorgeous natural landscapes. I’m amazed by the design of nature, of working ecosystems. Yes, I’m fascinated by geology… think rocks and minerals and streams and…

Dining Outdoors:
How the Garden Brings People Together

Today’s guest post is written by Megan Padilla, Orlando, Florida-based freelance writer and the former Lifestyle Editor of Garden Design Magazine. The U.S. Surgeon General has added a recommendation for better…