October 9, 1994 |
Decomposed granite may be only a step above ordinary dirt, but this humblest of paving materials is seen in some very grand gardens--from the golden estates of the 1920s by designers such as Florence Yoch, to the most contemporary gardens by designers such as Nancy Goslee Power, currently working on the Walt Disney Concert Hall--which will have decomposed granite paths. Landscape professionals love decomposed granite because it looks so indigenous to the garden, but can you do it yourself?
February 4, 1996 |
THE GARDENS OF CALIFORNIA: Four Centuries of Design From Mission to Modern by Nancy Goslee Power (Clarkson N. Potter: $50; 196 pp.) California gardens--from estates to more simple affairs--have long been neglected by garden writers mesmerized by English, Italian and Eastern landscapes.
March 10, 1996
"Cool Dogs, Hot Digs," an exhibit of 40 doghouses remodeled by well-known architects and designers, will be on display Wednesday to April 18 at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Among the architects and designers participating are Frank Israel, Antoine Predock, Martin Weil, Frederick Fisher, Glenn Texeira, Jarret Hedborg, Jack Lowrance, Tom Buckley, Laddie John Dill, Nancy Goslee Power and Maude and Scott Mac Gillivray.
January 19, 1992 |
For almost 100 years after this house was built as a gardener's cottage on a sprawling Montecito estate, its grounds remained oddly bare. But good things come to those who wait, as the saying goes, and the house was finally and handsomely landscaped three years ago. The garden began to take shape in 1985, after interior designer Ann James bought the house for its late-Victorian charm. Though she built a fence to keep in the family dog, she was careful to specify posts with finials and lattice.
March 1, 1992 |
I love old-fashioned flowers that lean and lie down," says actress Julie Newmar, whose Brentwood yard looks like a classic garden print come to life. The full but floppy white flowers of Madame Alfred Carriere, a Noisette rose dating from 1879, hang from an entry arbor. Madame Isaac Pereire, with its deep pink flowers, anchors a far corner.
March 28, 1993 |
A bold building can demand a lot from a garden: Gutsy plants, paths and walls must fall in step with the architecture but also speak for themselves. For garden designer Nancy Goslee Power, that was the case with this unusual Westside residence by San Francisco architect Mark Mack, who created an inner courtyard between a street-facing studio and the wedge-shaped house. Power echoed Mack's geometry with a wedge-shaped perennial bed heaped with spiked, strapped and spilling plants.