APLD steps up

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers 2nd Annual Watershed Approach Garden Tour this past April 9th was a solid, smoothly run success and a great addition to Los Angeles garden culture. I hope they do it again next year. Most of the gardens on the tour were interesting case studies in the delicate collaboration between client and designer, with sustainable practices beautifully incorporated into residential landscapes. The after-party was held at the home of garden designer Johanna Woollcott (Wild Gardens LA) and film industry Property Master Eugene McCarthy. I’ll be getting more photos up of this garden on the blog soon. There’s just too much creative expression packed into this Hollywood Hills terraced garden for one post. Here’s a teaser of some of the exquisite planting details:

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I miss Ruby the garden dog already. More on this amazing garden to come.

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14 Responses to APLD steps up

  1. Alison says:

    Oh Wow! The succulents and the slag glass around the concrete steps are drool-worthy. And more to come? Can’t wait.

  2. Lorinda says:

    This is a beautiful garden. The plants growing between the steps almost make me wish for steps. Almost.

  3. Nell says:

    Joanna is an artist of the succulent vignette, so must have a tremendous plant vocabulary for them, and knowledge of what does well where. Does she do classes? I’d think a lot of people would be interested in putting together containers or small plantings as accents in LA gardens.

    Fun to imagine strolling up the steps and identifying the plants and effects… but I’ll be over here chatting with Ruby, who seems like she’s eager for visitors.

  4. Kris P says:

    She did a masterful job of arranging the succulents. I love the repeated use of Aeonium nobile.

  5. Sue Webel says:

    I would just love to create a garden space using succulents. So much interest! Here, they are mostly expensive annuals that don’t even overwinter well in the house. Thanks for giving me the chance to enjoy vicariously.

  6. ks says:

    So nicely done, and many mini-vignettes to focus on. Looking forward to any and all follow up posts.

  7. David Feix says:

    Lovely vignettes, and so many of my favorite species here. Thanks for sharing Denise.

  8. David says:

    The succulents on the steps…that’s simply not missing one spot, and then doing that so well.

  9. Denise says:

    @David, I so agree!

  10. Denise says:

    @Kathy, it’s a garden that seems more in the style of the Bay Area, like Marcia Donahue’s for example, than SoCal.

  11. Denise says:

    @Sue, just as I get vicarious pleasure seeing what you grow on the East Coast.

  12. Denise says:

    @Kris, I admired that too. My A. nobile blistered in the weekend temps. I wonder how these are holding up.

  13. Denise says:

    @Nell, that’s a great question. I’ll see if I can get an answer fro you. Ruby amused herself endlessly with a ball of a specific size, smaller than a tennis ball, which she dunked in the fountains and carried everywhere.

  14. Tim says:

    Glad I’m catching up. Love these details.

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