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MAY-JUN 2018

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A new book showcases the pioneering designer's desert gardens and illuminates the genius of his "weeds and walls" approach By KIRK REED FORRESTER Photographed by STEVE GUNTHER How Steve Martino's West Was Won TEVE MARTINO is known for designing gardens that capitalize on native plants, rather than fight them. Here, our associate editor finds out more about his approach. Kirk Reed Forrester: Congratulations on your new book [Desert Gardens of Steve Martino, Monacelli Press, 2018]. Steve Martino: I'm still shocked it got done. It only took three years. But I just got back from Costco and I saw it there, right next to the books on how to cook spaghetti. In the book, you describe the evolving attitude toward the desert landscape, a S place "historically viewed as a wasteland where anything done to it was an improvement." Why have people had such a hard time embracing the desert aesthetic? I think to some, the West is seen as a place to extract resources, as a place to mine, whether it's water or whatever. There wasn't a value placed on the landscape. There have always been developers who recklessly promote their fantasies to make this place look like something else and landscape architects who accommodate their vision. ABOVE: At a Palm Springs house, a smooth wall provides a backdrop for the seating area, which includes low planters flanking the space. Another planter, built around two existing palm trees, projects into the pool. 32 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I garden

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