I am a landscape architect and naturalist who has lived and worked in
San Francisco since 1988 and I love it here. After 14 years of
conventional professional practice I started my own business specializing in native
"restoration gardening" and designing steep sloped sites, practicing what I enjoy most.
The natural mosaic of inter-weaving species has always been fascinating to me.
There is nothing quite like a community of compatible species perfectly suited to their
surroundings and in harmony with one-another.
OUT OF BALANCE
People have become accustomed to thinking of wild landscapes in California as being dry,
weedy and uninteresting but I believe this is because the nearby spaces we see are
neglected and miserable. On the other hand, we also know very well the spectacular beauty of a
high mountain wilderness landscape. What we do not realize is that this same wondrous
beauty can be ours right in the city and right in our own back yards. This opportunity
has the potential to help bring us back into balance with the world.
The best opportunity I see for these "urban wilderness" gardens is in the out lying
parts of our landscape such as steep inaccessible slopes, road sides, edges of
open spaces and other difficult situations where a low maintenance solution can
bring beauty close to home. Native planting is especially well suited on
steep slopes where our native species thrive in the excellent drainage and their
deep roots help to stabilize the earth.
Best regards, and welcome to my web site,