"HOW DO YOU TRANSFORM a boggy backyard into an eclectic, artful, Tuscan-style garden? This was the challenge posed to me by a nice couple living near Sacramento, who desired the same feeling of art from within their home to grace their entire yard, featuring one area for entertaining, another for grandkids to play, and a real sense of peace throughout."
"GUESS WHAT THE NBA ALL-STAR asked me to dream up for his unfinished four-acre backyard? Party Central – for up to 100 of his closest friends. Yet he also wanted privacy and security to keep his fans out (and his mastiffs in), a romantic setting for him and his wife, a bow-practice area, natural grasses, boulders, pool, waterfall, hot tub, easy maintenance, and, oh yeah, could I do this all for under half a million? How do you suppose he reacted when I did it for under $300.000?!
Popovers For Pop Overs
"SHE'S FAMOUS FOR HER STEAMING HOT POPOVERS you slather with melty chocolate or homemade jam, and the first bite will melt you, too. But what she needed what a comfortable backyard where she could serve popovers to her good friends. When I first surveyed her yard, I saw just clutter and the neighbor's imposing house. So I created a space that would give her some much-needed privacy, a feeling of tranquility, and a backyard that goes as well with her cheery personality as her steamy popovers go with strawberry jam."
Tea Time At A Cottage Garden
"HER LATE HUSBAND HAD 'GARDENED WITH LOVE,' sighed my usually upbeat senior client, but now she was ready to transform his dabbler yard into a cozy Victorian garden. As we surveyed the space behind her retirement residence, she confided that she really wanted a large, lush lawn, colorful roses, picturesque creekbed, and a shady spot to sip tea with friends. 'Oh,' she added, 'and can you do it on a budget?' Of course, I sighed."