This custom Rancho Santa Fe treehouse features 4 platforms, a zip line, suspension bridge, cargo nets, pull-up bars, and a a fully enclosed playhouse with secret floor hatch, firepole and drop-down bunk beds. This magical space engages the children in open-ended creative play while also helping develop physical strength and balance. It is constructed from reclaimed telephone poles and FSC wood.
This 1/3 of an acre property captures rain, greywater, and street runoff to irrigate the garden. This garden combines perennial & annual food crops and incorporates ducks, chickens and rabbits into the garden. There are over 30 fruit trees on this property giving the homeowners a selection of fresh fruit all year long.
The owner of this space asked us to design 2 heavily shaded side yards for her children. These gardens feature water play, edible plants, aromatherapy and magical spaces for the children to explore. The kids have already reported seeing tiny gnomes hiding among the flowers.
FARM ON THE BLUFF
This seaside garden features an 800sf in-ground kitchen garden, raised herb beds, chickens and medicinal plants. We also designed a private roof top garden that houses a japanese soaking tub and 12 citrus trees.
The Seed School in Leucadia is a nature based preschool that has chickens and a pig, d.g. tricycle pathways, edible gardens and a hillside meadow. This is a work in process.
We removed the front lawn at 400 sf of concrete and replaced it with Austrailian natives, grasses, succulents and 8 fruit trees. The modern back yard has a small kitchen garden, a few fruit trees, and plenty of room for entertaining.
We combined herbs, plants that attract pollinators, and food in these raised beds that overlook the lagoon.
These are a photos of 3 different projects where the homeowners were not quite ready to lose the lawn. In each project, I was able to carve out some space for permeable paver patios, fruit trees, and garden beds that feature perennial flowers and edibles.
We began this project by removing the back lawn & hillside ice plant and replacing it with cover crops to build top-soil and berms and swales to harvest water runoff. Later we created a d.g. patio, raised beds, a large chicken run, and planted grape vines and 8 fruit trees.
This small yard was planted with drought tolerant plants and a citrus tree.
SANDERLING WALDORF SCHOOL
These photos show several of our projects at the Sanderling Waldorf School. We relied heavily on the parents help to donate over a dozen fruit trees and native plants. They also helped remove the lawn, build d.g. pathways, and build a cob play house!
This condo courtyard is irrigated primarily with a laundry-to-landscape greywater system and rainwater. The owner did most of the building and installation. The garden features 4 fruit trees and perennial and annual veggie beds. Raised beds were constructed out of reclaimed pallet wood.
These farms are each over 1/2 acre and feature hugelkultur, inverted beds, beds on contour, and beehives.
A hillside vineyard in Olevenhain interplanted with natives.
COOPS & OTHER STUFF
This chicken coop harvests rooftop rainwater and has garden boxes for chicken greens.