This 15' pond can be viewed safely from the large outdoor classroom seen in the top left of the picture. The large boulders can also serve as seats for the students...
We used tan dyed mortar to secure the Sonoma field stone wall into place. It also acts as a French drain, carrying water from the hill away from the property down to the street.
We installed the plants, lawn and the curving exposed aggregate concrete patio with steps. But we also installed something else, a comprehensive design the takes into account the entire yard and how the family wants to use the space.
You can see the amphitheater in the top left corner of the picture. Below it is the top of the large streams that lead to the pond. From the pond, the water appears to flow all the way down to the right side of the picture. We used @400,000 lbs. to create this colossal masterpiece over 3 consecutive summers.
We used drought tolerant plants in this Hidden Hills gem where the warmth in these borders that brings out the best in the architecture.
The homeowner purchased the fountain at Reseda Discount Pottery and they delivered it. We designed and installed a perfectly proportional brick faced pedestal for it to sit perfectly level on. Then we ran l.e.d. water lights into the basin and all 5 bowls, so the water glows at night.
We turned this hillside into a view these homeowners can enjoy from both inside and outside the house with this magical pondless water feature and planting combination.
This is not a fence, it is ART. It is two fences that come together where that tree branch protrudes out. It is Redwood 6" and 8" tongue and groove sections randomly set horizontally, dead level.
We also removed the dirt out front where people were parking and littering, installed tan Decomposed Granite with stabilizer and put the pink Arizona sandstone boulders in. Problem solved with beautiful rock and wood art, sounds like a DreamScape!
This lush pondless waterfall was constructed to be the first thing one sees when walking in the front door of this large estate. It is so beautifully surrounded by plants that are enchanting.
This 9 planter project up at the Curtis School in Los Angeles is amazing. Redwood planters with drip sprayers for each 4'x8' planter box that are individually controllable with a small dial. We encourage all of our clients to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.
This amazing single piece of sandstone is called the 'Teachers Stone'. It is set at the bottom of the the Amphitheater we designed and created at the Mirman School. It weighs @1,100 lbs and is set on a bed of concrete and mortar to perfectly level. Next to is is the beautiful plant with orange flowers called 'Desert Mallow', a California Native.
We removed everything out front, conducted a thorough soil preparation and installed new irrigation for the front yard. Then we installed new sod lawn and beautiful plants for the borders.
We love this little landscape! There is a cute little lawn with a curving border, a meandering step stone path that leads through a curving arched gate and a delightful combination of colors and textures in the plant selection for this DreamScape.
Another wonderful example of how a balance of plant colors and textures can turn a boring plant border into magic! The Japanese Maple in the left of the picture is called Acer Palmatum 'Orido Nashiki' and has varigated pink leaves! Super rare.
We designed and installed this entire feature from scratch. Ming Valley stone imported from China in the background cut in a perfect curve. Brass down spouts custom installed in the fountain that we put in. We also took the brown plant pot on the right and turned it into a perfectly flat water fountain complete with lights! Finally, we had the tan coping custom manufactured and sent from Arizona.
We designed and created this warm welcoming entrance to this house in Hidden Hills. It has benches, steps, lights and tan decomposed granite.
We installed much of the fencing seen in the picture, including the arched pedestrian and double driveway gates. We installed the gate operators as well to make it automatic. The brickwork is there to prevent rainwater surges from flooding this property.
This Encino landscape border is filled with mature lavender, as well as other sun tolerant Mediterranean plants.
At night, lights from inside these plant pots face up and broadcast light ripples all over the walls, making the entire space feel enchanting in this Bel Air Crest Mansion.
This totally custom fountain is perfectly proportional for this space, and with the smooth clean coping we installed to sit on, it turns this space into a destination like no other. We installed the brass downspouts you can see custom in this fountain from Reseda Discount Pottery.
This plant border lines a large driveway. The plants forma symphony of color, shape and texture in their leaves and flowers. The white and pink flowers are called 'Foxglove'.
The Amphitheater is at the top of the hill, the tan cluster of rocks. Below that is where the main streams start before they split and turn into two cascading streams flowing into the pond near the middle of the picture. That's where the pondless waterfall starts its @100' run down to the left of the picture. In our estimation, it took @400,000 lbs. of stone to create this masterpiece!
We specialize in creating very naturalistic ponds, streams and waterfalls. In fact, they are natural! They are clean sources of water for local birds, butterflies and butterflies. Wouldn't you like to come home to a view like this?
This is an 8' tall Redwood fence installed in this back yard to give privacy. We install all of our fences with precision and attention to detail.
This stream is designed to help the children at the Mirman School interact with water and nature in a safe, yet accessible way. This stream has a wonderful combination of plants in and around it, making it feel enchanting to be there in person.
It wasn't easy to get this planting pot perfectly level so that the water will flow out of it evenly. In the background, you can see the two custom brass water downspouts we installed into the fountain sides.
This DreamScape pond is so natural looking that people think the Mirman School was built around it! The plants play a huge role in achieving this illusion.
This Amphitheater was constructed with local stone, tan decomposed granite, concrete and tan mortar. We designed it to fit perfectly with the hill. It is strong, safe and truly inspiring to visit.
The big tree we planted on the left side of the picture is a very rare buttercup yellow flowering Magnolia 'Elizabeth'. The plants that we put in the border after doing a thorough soil preparation filled in fully and swiftly.
This beautiful planted hillside is filled with tough, sun loving, drought tolerant plants. The entire hillside is a beautiful collage of colors and textures in clusters and natural groupings.
We designed and installed this masterpiece in Bel Air Crest a few years ago. It is elegant, uplifting & serene. We even had the tan coping that you can see on top of both walls custom formed and created in Arizona, and shipped. This is true landscape Art. This, is a DreamScape.
This was a super difficult project to custom cut all those bricks to create a more organic and naturalistic look. The stonework is awesome and we installed corsican mint between the stones in the background to make it smell good when walked upon.
We constructed the outdoor classroom to look naturalistic yet be usable by the students. You can see the stones in the background can all be sat upon. The tan patio is made from decomposed granite.
Perfect lawn soil prep. leads to a perfect lawn. And this is a DreamScape, so of course the planting choices are amazing.
No handles, nothing but a place to put a key in, turn and open. Super cool Zen hidden gate, par for the course with DreamScapes!
We used heavy equipment to bring these giant 2-3 ton stones into place, forming a wall with single giant stones. This wall creates the level that the pond is set at.
This was our first deck ever. Constructed in 1994 out of redwood. We integrated the posts for the deck into the bench- flower pots. I love the corner entrance covered by the arch.
With tasteful plantings, proportionate concrete paths and patios, exquisite stonework, amazing fencing and black bamboo, this small yard feels large and yet connected.
You can see the amphitheater at the top of the pic, and the stairs to get up to it on the left. The main waterfalls are in the middle of the picture.
We know when to put resources in to making your landscape super strong, like the retaining walls and stairs in this picture. The railings are also very strong. DreamScapes may be magical, but they are also very strong and safe to be in and travel through.
The combination drought tolerant mediterranean & California native plants in this picture are able to handle the hot summers here. They also look natural, like they belong, because they do. One example is the Ceaonothus shrub in the right of the pic. They grow wild all over the hills of California.
We installed the automatic driveway gates, fencing lattice, arched gate, arched arbor & brickwork in this picture. The brickwork is to prevent water from jumping the small curb and flowing into my clients' house when it rains.
At first there was only the existing brick mailbox. We matched its design exactly with the two brick faced pilasters behind it. Then we installed the white vinyl fencing. Finally, we installed the plants and lights.
The paths invite students and visitors alike to come take the journey around the pond to the outdoor classroom. The other direction is the path you see in this picture, it leads up to the main waterfalls & amphitheater we created.
Simple borders to compliment a small lawn and a few trees. That is what is perfect for this warm home.
The plants in this border are shade tolerant. The tall pink ones are foxgloves.
We constructed this fence around the tree branch with room to grow. Because we care. I think it makes the fence even more beautiful.
This plant border is designed to reflect and amplify the mediterranean architecture of this house. This picture was taken in winter, right before the spring blooms.