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Going to Pot

Design Experts Weigh In on Container Planting for the Space-Deprived Garden

October 19, 2003|Susan Heeger

"We liked the idea of taking ordinary, low-cost objects and giving them another life," says Tarnapolsky, a landscape architect who is married to Jennings, a designer. "The wagons are light enough to move, they don't take up much room, and you can even wheel them indoors for parties. 'Here, pick your own salad, sit on the grass,' " she says. "And when you have kids, your pots can be toys again," Jennings adds.

Ideal for apartment-dwellers and perfect for beginning gardeners, containers should be practical as well as pretty. "It's so satisfying to grow food," Tarnapolsky says. "With herbs, you don't think in terms of maintenance. You're always nipping them to use. When they fade, it's time for winter lettuce, arugula, beets."

She and Jennings also appreciate the drought tolerance of succulents--a good quality in a container plant--and their sculptural leaves, which are especially striking in spare, rather than packed, arrays. The lawn, a fine turf with a tough constitution, will stay green in summer providing it's wheeled into the shade on hot days, and will turn gold when the weather cools.

"The long-term viability of pots is important to me," says Tarnapolsky, describing herself as a lazy gardener with little time to deadhead blooms. "But I can imagine experimenting--filling one wagon with just marigolds or lobelia and clear-cutting if they don't pan out."


Recource Guide

Mary Effron, Mary Effron Landscape Design, Santa Monica, (310) 452-7152; Mark Bartos and Lillian Montalvo, BEM Design Group, South Pasadena, (626) 403-0056; Sasha Tarnapolsky and John Jennings, Dry Design, Los Angeles, (323) 954-9084.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday October 25, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
Landscape architect -- An article on container planting in the Oct. 19 Magazine misspelled the surname of landscape architect Sasha Tarnopolsky as Tarnapolsky.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday November 16, 2003 Home Edition Los Angeles Times Magazine Part I Page 6 Lat Magazine Desk 0 inches; 21 words Type of Material: Correction
The article on container planting ("Going to Pot," Gardens, Oct. 19) misspelled the surname of landscape architect Sasha Tarnopolsky as Tarnapolsky.

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