Fusing Nature with Architecture

February 9, 2010
This is a very inspriational video which highlights a project by Danish architecture firm
BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).


December 10, 2009

August 11, 2009

The courtyard here at mxd830 is a great space. A combined vision with the architects upstairs at Foundation For Form, who designed the building, my contributions include the schematic layout of the hardscape (as well as the planting, irrigation and lighting plans). The plans included the countertop and bench seating seen in these photos. My original concept was to find one large piece of lumber to use as the countertop, and we ended up with wood salvaged from a barn in nearby Santee. I also maintained the landscape and am excited that everything is growing in nicely. Also shown here is the mixed sedum bed behind the bench and the permeable paving that was used in the parking area. This serves to minimize stormwater runoff and also adds aesthetic interest to the space, which has been used to host events every couple of months since the
building opened last year.

Carlsbad Residence Recently Completed

July 29, 2009

Future-Rustic Bench and Table

GRP List Announced

July 24, 2009

"GRP" Green Roof Professional Accreditation

July 13, 2009

Green Roof Professional accreditation exam

June 21, 2009

I am proud to be a part

Bird Rock Residence

Here’s some photos of a recently-completed residential remodel I worked on in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla. The house needed a lot of work, and the landscape was essentially a bare patch of dirt. The architect decided to create a bit of a craftsman feel, and so I complemented this in the landscape with the addition of a new guardrail system (at rear deck), new fencing/gates, flagstone paving, natural boulderscape, and a stucco retaining wall (front yard) with capped columns. Careful thought was put into the plant material selections. I used quite a bit of Wild Strawberry as a groundcover, large masses of Dwarf Fountain Grass (Pennisteum ‘Hamelin’), lots of Grevillea, a Southern Magnolia, and screens made of Silver Sheen (Pittosporum tenuifolium) and Podocarpus.

Jiva Health (Before & After)

May 8, 2009

When my friends at Jiva Health, a San Diego-based acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic, asked me to help with their landscape project, I jumped at the opportunity.
They had recently renovated a beautiful home off of Park Blvd in Hillcrest, and the exterior
definitely needed a facelift.
It didn’t take much to convince them of my concept…go with a few types of decorative grasses while incorporating some lavender, a flagstone walk, a cobble bed, and a recirculating
fountain as a focal point.
Visit their website at:


Here’s some “before & after” shots of the project (above).

mxd830 Grand Opening/Open House

May 6, 2009

This past Saturday night, May 2nd, 2009 celebrated the grand opening of mxd830.
This beautiful and dynamic new building is home to a diverse spectrum of creative minds
and serves as home-base for Cultivate Landscape Arts.
Here’s a few pics of the fun:


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

April 7, 2009

I am planning to attend the annual green roof technology conference, sponsored by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. This will mark the first time that GRHC is offering a credentialing exam that will test for competence in regard to green roof construction and maintenance. Having taken the classes so far offered by GRHC, I am confident that I will come back from Atlanta as one of the first 100 people in the country designated as a Green Roof Technician, or “GRT”, and look forward to promoting this sustainable strategy here in San Diego.

Here’s a link to more information:

All Moved-In To New Office Space

January 27, 2009

I am excited to announce that cultivate landscape has settled in to a new office space.

Located in the eclectic Golden Hill neighborhood of San Diego, we are proud to be a part of MXD830, a mixed-use project by Foundation For Form. The project is a contemporary, cubist structure that features smooth white stucco, hand-crafted steel accents, and a sophisticated exterior (designed by cultivate lansdcape). Among the tenants in the building are fine artists, architects, an interior designer, a car designer, and a video game landscape designer.
Here’s a few pictures of the office…more of the entire building to follow soon.


All Moved In To New Office Space

cultivate landscape has a new home!

November 27, 2008

Beginning Novemeber 2008, cultivate landscape will be operating from a new location at 830 25th street in the Golden Hill neighborhood of San Diego.
Photos and updates to follow!

White Flowering Shrubs

September 11, 2008

I have a thing for white-flowering shrubs lately. Someday, I would love to design a small intimate landscape that features only evergreen, white-flowering plants. There’s something very relaxing and zen-like about white flowers, especically of the fragrant variety.

Here are some of my favorites:

Fall Home & Garden Expo Del Mar

I will be sharing a booth with Landscape Resource Group, hoping to meet new clients and network.
Saturday, September 14th, 10am-6pm.