What makes a garden regionally appropriate? Fifteen private gardens designed by leading landscape architects answer that question for arid Southern California by directly addressing the climate, landscape, and culture they inhabit. Whether small or large, urban or rural, luxurious or low budget, these resilient outdoor spaces are finely attuned to the Mediterranean climate and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle for which Southern California is known. They make use of local building materials and craftspeople and offer their owners a unique emotional connection to nature. Firmly planted in time and place, the projects, complete with plans, define not so much a style as an experience and thrive with little effort from their owners.
Jeffrey Head writes about art, architecture, and design. He has written for various publications, including?Architect? Newspaper,?Architectural Record,?Metropolis,?Modern, and the?Los Angeles Times. He is the author of?Paul Evans: Designer & Sculptor?and?No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff. He was a contributing writer for?Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam,?Hand in Hand: California Mid-century Designs of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman,?Lustron Stories, and?Craig Ellwood: Self-Made Modern. Jeffrey is also the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.


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