Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: Sheds and a fiberglass panel block views of the street and sidewalk beyond, creating a private courtyard. • An opening in an existing masonry wall opposite the steel entry gate allows a layered view of several small gardens. • The cerulean blue wall, juxtaposed with magenta flowers of bougainvillea and common prickly pear or Indian fig cactus, evokes the brilliant palette of Mexican architect Luis Barragán. to essentials: sun, shadow, water, shape, color, texture. Each component seems magnified, which makes me think that editing must be crucial to your work. A basic garden unit is a wall, a tree, a chair, and a little water. If you don't have that, you don't have a garden. If you want a bigger garden, add more trees, add more chairs. The model I really like is these Portuguese farmhouses that are turned into gardens. They're so simple and perfect—just an olive tree, a wall and a chair. I want to create that in my climate— things that look like they belong. Any landscape architect in the desert has to contend with the sun. You write that you think of it as another building material. What do you mean by that? I use the sun like a sundial, so we can program shadows and make it part of the design. That's one reason I love cactus— they make their own shadow. You advise your clients to "kill the lawn and save your grandchildren." Does that mantra resonate? Most people I work with get it. Think about it this way: It's taken native plants a million years to get it right. Why fight it? Deserts can be punishing places. Do you ever have environmental envy and wish you could design for the Hawaiian tropics, the Bavarian forest, or the Tuscan countryside? I think forests are creepy. My wife is from Missouri, and you get ticks on you in the forest. I'm used to growing up here, where you see the rocks and the mountains. I like to see the rocks. Plus, I have a friend who's a landscape architect in Miami, and he seems to share most of the general frustrations I have. So, I take it you'll stay put? I love the desert. I'm a solar-powered person. For more information, see Sources, page 84 36 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I garden

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