Wednesday, April 22, 2009

LA County Garden show and photos

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Showcase Gardens by Top Designers, Guest Speakers, Organic Products

& Marketplace Finds Featured


Event Honorees:  Clara & Jacob Maarse, Rosalind Creasy and LA Designers



LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden announces the 2009 LA Garden Show “A Festival of Flavors,” a three-day celebration of designer gardens, guest speakers, organics and Marketplace specials showcasing edible plants and their decorative and functional uses in gardens.  The LA Garden Show presented by Monrovia Growers will take place at The Arboretum located at 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  Arboretum members can enter the venue beginning at 8:00 a.m. daily. Ticket prices to the LA Garden Show are the same as daily entrance fees to The Arboretum:  Adults - $7.00, Seniors and Students with ID - $5.00, Children 5 to 12 -- $2.50, Younger than 5 enter free. 


This year’s LA Garden Show theme, “A Festival of Flavors,” offers professional and novice gardeners expert ideas and insight into the joys of growing edible plants.  Top designers and landscape architects are invited to created showcase gardens incorporating a wide range of edibles in pots, espaliers, boxes, and ground covers within their design. Throughout the Festival venue “Terrace Gardens,” inventive mini-gardens that demonstrate varieties of plants in inspired minimal-space layout designs will be featured.


“Challenging times call for creativity and resourcefulness in many areas of our lives -- including gardening,” said Timothy Phillips, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Not only are Victory gardens making a comeback, but designers are embracing the aesthetics and function of the many categories of edibles that readily grow in our Southern California climate.”


In addition to showcase landscape designs, The LA Garden Show will host “Garden Chats” throughout “A Festival of Flavors” on a variety of themes related to edible gardening, organic gardening practices and the many uses of plants from fruit to foliage.  Among the scheduled Garden Chat speakers to be featured:

  • Dale Arnold & Gisele Schoniger--Organics and soil experts, Kellogg Garden Products
  • Rosalind Creasy, Author, designer and “plantswoman”
  • Steve Goto, Tomato Guru
  • Gary Jones, Armstrong Garden Centers and Former owner of Hortus
  • John Lyons, Edible landscape designer and educator
  • Jacob Maarse Florists, Fruits, vegetables and herbs in floral arrangements
  • Debra Prinzing, Author specializing in interiors, architecture and landscapes
  • Amelia Saltsman, Author, cook, and television personality
  • Lili Singer, Educator and Special Projects Coordinator at Theodore Payne Foundation
  • Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plant Productions, Monrovia Growers
  • Steve Gerischer, Designer
  • Dawn Van Allen, Nursery owner, The Garden in Pomona


In addition to the Garden Chats, the LA Garden Show will feature workshops where show guests can gain hands-on gardening experience.  Among the scheduled workshops:  “Composting,” on Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in which backyard, work composting and glass recycling and “Square Foot Gardening,” on Sunday, May 3 at 10:00  a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Led by Jo Ann Carey, this workshop will demonstrate ways to grow a variety of food in smaller spaces.


The LA Garden Show schedule of events (including updates) can be found at


Showcase edible gardens created by top Southland designers will be featured at The LA Garden Show throughout the Festival weekend.  Among the highlights will be a team design effort by members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers led by Laura Morton, president of the APLD California Chapter, as well as displays created by Mel-O-Dee Garden Center and Mystic Water Gardens, Dwell by Design, Good Earth Enterprises, Christopher Bysshe Landscape Design and The Woven Garden.  Other design teams include Atomic Oak Garden Design, Nick Williams & Associates, La Loma Development, Haynes Landscape Design and Larkspur Garden Design.  In addition, Terrace Garden designers will feature smaller displays throughout the Festival venue designed to inspire garden creation in limited space.  Terrace Garden design teams include An Edible Garden, Paul Borden Los Angeles, Dirty Roots Gardening  and Go Green Gardeners, among others.


The Arboretum Marketplace will offer many garden elements, edible plants, organic soils, hard-to-find rare and exotics from boutique growers, as well as “how to” books throughout the weekend.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their wagons for easy transport of purchases.  In addition, a gardening area just for kids, entertainment, food, micro-brewery beers and wine will be featured throughout the weekend.


A VIP Preview Reception opens “A Festival of Flavors” on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on The Arboretum grounds.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for VIP guests to have “first pick” at the Marketplace.  Honorary Co-Chairs, Clara and Jacob Maarse of Jacob Maarse Florist and Rosalind Creasy, celebrated edibles gardener, designer and author will be joined by guest show designers for an evening of festivities that will feature hors d’oevres from Rosalind Creasy’s original recipes, open wine and beer bar, live music and a gift bag especially assembled by Garden Design Magazine.  Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at and by phone by calling (800) 838-3006.


The 2009 LA Garden Show partners include presenting partner Monrovia Growers, and supporting partners Wells Fargo, Kellogg Garden Products, Armstrong Garden Centers and Garden Design Magazine. 


Previous to this year’s “A Festival of Flavors,” the LA Garden Show has been centered on such themes as outdoor living and sustainability.


The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 127-acre historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.  The facility is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  For more information go to or call (626) 821-3208.


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Garden Chats


Friday, May 1


11am              Jacob Maarse Floral Design

                        Floral Demonstration

Watch an innovative demonstration (with commentary by Hank Maarse!) in floral design by the creative artists of Jacob Maarse Florists as they incorporate fruits, vegetables & herbs in floral arrangements. Jacob Maarse, who founded his first florist shop in Pasadena in 1966, came from a family of flower growers in Alsmeer, Holland, and brought with him his European design sense and thorough knowledge of the floral industry to his new business. The original staff of seven has grown to sixty employees, some of whom have worked with the Maarse family for more than thirty years.  Unique among local florists, Jacob Maarse grows roses in his three-acre Sierra Madre garden that are sold in the shop and used in many floral arrangements.


12 Noon         Gary Jones, Plantsman, Armstrong Garden Centers

Edibles as Ornamentals

Enjoy a colorful slide show of design ideas, inspiration and gorgeous “food and flower” garden pairings with Gary Jones, popular lecturer whose nursery, Hortus, was famous for extraordinary plants and plant combinations, innovative classes and inspired staff.  Gary is Vice President of Marketing at Armstrong Garden Centers, Inc., an employee-owned company founded in 1889. Armstrong Garden Centers serves California gardeners with 33 retail stores and is the largest independent retail nursery company in the Western United States, specializing in a huge selection of roses (over 950 varieties), many developed by and exclusive to Armstrong Garden Centers. With over 75 acres of growing grounds and green houses, Armstrong grows what it sells, and has hundreds of nursery people to help answer those tough gardening questions.


1pm                Amelia Saltsman, Writer, Cooking Teacher, Television Host, author, author

            The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes, and Stories from the Market and Farm

Join award-winning author Amelia Saltsman for an exciting and amazing “show-and-tell” basket of seasonal produce AND hear easy ways to prepare the ingredients.  You’ll also come away with great tips on selecting and storing the ripest and best of the crop. Winner of the Santa Monica Library 2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature and other awards, her cookbook is not only a handbook on locally grown and sustainable foods but is a great cookbook as well. Amelia Saltsman writes for such publications as Bon Appétit, National Geographic Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times, and her television show, Fresh from the Farmers’ Market, airs on West Coast cable channels.


2pm                Dale Arnold, Kellogg Garden Products

                        Let Nature Fix Your Soil

Nature provides natural solutions to your soil problems.  Dale (aka "Mr. Soil") will touch upon everything from the various issues that different soils present, to water savings through mulching, to how to dig a correct planting hole...all elements that are essential to your garden.  Dale has been in the soils and compost industry for 41 years, and has recently retired as the Director of Quality Control and Research at Kellogg Garden Products, and is currently their consultant on soils and composts.  Kellogg Garden Products is a family business selling horticultural products, soil amendments and fertilizer products to the home, landscape, and nursery markets in California and throughout the West.






3pm                Nan Sterman, Garden Writer, Gardening Expert, Designer 

                        Sprout!  Start your summer garden from seeds and cuttings

Seeds are magical little things – pieces of dried out “wood” that, when watered, suddenly come alive to make tall redwoods, bright red poppies, even delicious tomatoes and eggplant. Cuttings are almost more amazing.  Lop off a branch, stick it into some potting soil and you soon have an entire plant!  If you’ve dreamed about starting your summer garden from seeds or cuttings, this is a great time of year to get started.  Starting your own plants is extremely easy.  It also allows you to try varieties of plants --fruits and vegetables in particular -- that you never see offered in the nursery.  Nan Sterman also specializes in low-water plants for California’s Mediterranean climate, sustainable gardening, and edible gardening, and is the author of California Gardener’s Guide vol II and host of the TV show A Growing Passion. Nan also contributes to publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Sunset, and Organic Gardening, and is coeditor of the Home and Garden section of San Diego News Network.



Saturday,   May 2


11am              Steve Goto, Tomato Guru

                        Growing Tomatoes Organically

Steve will talk about everything you need to know about growing organic heirloom tomatoes! His Top 20 Tomato Picks (based on the favorite tomatoes at his tastings from the year before) have become legendary so after his talk, be sure to visit the Tomatomania booth and Arboretum Plants Tent where there will be lots of plants for sale.   Also, put  the Great Tomato Tasting at The Arboretum on Sunday, August 9 at 10am on your calendar…and bring your tomatoes to share! ;


12pm              Nicholas Staddon, Director, New Plant Introductions, Monrovia Growers

Take Your Morning Coffee to the Vegetable Garden!

Nicholas Staddon, Monrovia's New Plant guy, takes an “out of the box” view of the vegetable garden. No matter whether you have room to park the QE2 , a six by six area, or room for one container, this is a must see presentation. Nicholas will suggest hedging to surround the veggie garden, as well as shrubs, vines, and perennials that commingle with your own special or soon to be "patch." He will also talk about some of the things that are going on in the English vegetable gardens...and he said something about a cutting garden too?  Nicholas has been with Monrovia for almost 20 years, working with breeders, hybridizers, and professional Plant Explorers, and scouring the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Monrovia is one of the world's largest producers of container grown plants, with more than 2,000 different varieties, and has introduced hundreds of patented plants, more than 200 of which are Monrovia exclusives. 


1pm                Rosalind Creasy, Author & Gardener

                        Edible Landscaping – The New American Garden

One of today’s gardening buzzwords is sustainable. You’d be hard put to find a more sustainable landscape style than an organically grown edible garden. Rosalind Creasy, an Honorary Chair for the LA Garden Show, an award-winning professional photographer, and author of the Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, will give a mouth-watering slide presentation. Among the topics she will cover is an A to Z of her recommended beautiful edible plants for California gardens, an overview of the wide variety of edible landscapes, as well as the principles of landscape design particular to edibles.  As far back as 1970, Rosalind Creasy was a pioneer in the field of Edible Landscaping. Her work has since revolutionized the way that many of us think about gardening. Cooking from the garden, eating organic, eating fresh is all possible, and her many books will show you how to do the same.


2pm                Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening Educator, Kellogg Garden Products           

                        People & Pet Safe Gardening Practices

Just go organic!  Sustainable is attainable and so are safe gardening practices for our families’ health, for our precious pets and for this planet we call home.  We are in a time of change, going back to the basics and gardening the way our grandparents or our parents did.  Learn some basic and yet progressive ways to build healthy soils & do it the natural way! Learn about the soil food web, mycorrhizal fungi, probiotics and how to care for a living breathing soil. In her 30 years in the garden industry, Giselle has accumulated a wide range of experience and knowledge.  She has owned an Interiorscape company, worked for the State Department of Agriculture, practiced as a horticultural therapist with senior citizens and helped establish top-selling organic gardening products with Kellogg Garden Products, a family business selling horticultural products throughout the West. ;


3pm               Lili Singer, Horticulturist, Garden Writer & Educator                                                                                                                                                                          Selection & Care of Fruit Trees

Learn how to choose the best varieties of citrus, avocado, stone and pome fruits for your garden.  The talk will discuss not only their selection and care, but also how to keep them healthy and productive as well.  Lili wears many garden hats. She is a horticultural consultant and freelance garden writer (most recently for the Los Angeles Times).  She also leads the Thursday Garden Talks at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia, and is Special Projects Coordinator for the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley. In past lives, Lili worked in nurseries, published and edited two award-winning periodicals, The Southern California Gardener and The Gardener’s Companion, and for more than a decade, hosted “The Garden Show,” a live call-in radio program on KCRW-fm.;



Sunday, May 3


11am              Debra Prinzing, Garden & Design Author                                             

Essential Ingredients for a Hard-working (and Artful) Potting Shed

Just like having a well-stocked pantry to ensure your culinary endeavors are successful, the edible gardener needs a potting bench, garden shed or greenhouse that’s both functional and efficient. But it can also be an attractive focal point in the landscape. Hear from Southern California’s “shed expert” and author of Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways as she shares her top picks for a productive potting shed. Members of the audience will have a chance to win many of the tools and supplies featured in Debra’s presentation!  Debra Prinzing is a Southern California-based writer and lecturer who specializes in interiors, architecture and landscapes. Author of five books, including "Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways" (2008) and "The Abundant Garden" (2005), Debra's articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens, Pacific Horticulture, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Cottage Living and Romantic Homes magazines, among others.


12 Noon         John Lyons, Garden Designer                                                                 

The 10 Top Tips on Creating the Best Kitchen Garden

Learn how to create a perfect kitchen garden from the soil up.  Topics will include an overview of correct composting and soil amending, raised beds, irrigation techniques, herb garden development, plant varieties to choose from and organic pest control.  John is a gardener who designs, installs and maintains edible landscapes, California Native gardens, orchards and wild hedgerows. John grew up on a farm, and for a decade has been tending his own half-acre garden that he shares with Irish draft horses and Marans chickens from France. Hopefully he can inspire, cajole and inform fellow gardeners to try new things, keep doing what they are doing, and dream new landscapes and plant combo conspiracies.


1pm                Steve Gerischer, Landscape Designer & Educator

                        How to Survive Without Your Lawn

Don’t miss this talk about ways to get rid of, or reduce your lawn plus give you strategies for what to put in its place, with an emphasis on a drought resistant/eco-friendly approach to gardening. Put your lawnmower out to pasture, ditch the edger, forget the chemicals-and there's still a place to put up a hammock and a vegetable garden!  Steve is a very popular instructor and teaches classes at The Arboretum frequently (The Seasonal Gardener, Pruning Roses, and Kill Your Lawn to name a few). His company, Larkspur Garden Design, also delights clients with imaginative ideas and problem-solving expertise.  Steve is also designing a garden for LA Garden Show to inspire home gardeners to put in their own edible landscape.




2pm                Dawn Van Allen, Owner of The Garden Nursery in Pomona

The Potager's Patio: Small Scale Urban Farming

From pots to patio beds, you don't have to own acres to grow your own tasty herbs, fruits and vegetables. Nearly every incredible edible can be grown in a container. The French have been doing it for 400 years. You will explore the new miniature varieties of fruits and veggies, drought tolerant herbs and edibles, and how to keep standard fruit trees small enough for patios or pots. Explore small scale urban farming where there is nothing as tasty as home grown edibles.  The Garden was established in 1996 as the first Organic Garden Center in LA County.  They specialize in fruits, vegetables and herbs from around the world as well as from the old world. They even have seeds and seedlings of your favorite old timers like Burbank tomatoes and fruit trees, as well as a large selection of California natives and other plants just made for our Mediterranean climate.


3pm                Stephanie Georgieff           Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Naturopath

                        Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

These wonderful herbs, made even more famous by the popular folk song, are a must for any gardener.  This talk will explore the history, folk lore, gardening, culinary uses and health benefits of these four easy to grow and mostly drought tolerant plants, as well as tell you the “how, when and where” of plant care.  Dr. Georgieff has been a garden docent in several botanical gardens in addition to several years in the edible gardens at Copia, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa from 2004 until its closing in 2008.  There, she led garden and cooking classes on many topics, including the care and use of herbs in the kitchen, as well as their health benefits. ;


Workshops and Demonstrations

Introduction to Permaculture – Friday, May 1 at 10am

Have you ever wondered why growing your own vegetables can be so difficult?  Come learn how to work with nature, not against it, and discover a quickly growing revolution in sustainable landscape design.  Find out how to create “food forests” anywhere – from desert to backyard to your very own porch. Presenter Caitlin Bergman is certified in permaculture design, holds a degree in botany, is an herbalist, and works here at The Arboretum in our Organic Vegetable Garden.  The way you see nature will never be the same after this talk!



Composting Workshop – Saturday, May 2 at 9:30am

Put on by the Department of Public Works, this workshop begins at 9:30am on Saturday, May 2, and is for anyone interested in learning more about backyard composting, worm composting, grass recycling, water-wise gardening and fire-wise gardening.  Backyard composting bins, worm bins, and worms will be available for purchase.



Square Foot Gardening – Sunday, May 3 at 10am, 11am and 1pm

Grow your own fresh, delicious, healthy vegetables right in your own backyard, on your patio or on your porch. Join Jo Ann Carey as she introduces this concept of growing more food in smaller spaces. She will touch upon getting your garden started, planting, watering, growing vertically, pest control and harvesting.   Square foot gardening uses only 20% of the space, and saves both water and time.  The full workshop will be offered later in the year.


Terrace Garden Designers


Edible gardens need not be restricted to large spaces. Within limited space or financial resources, we can still set a table for a friend and ourselves and enjoy a delicious salad harvested in our own terrace or patio garden. We can create a full menu…including dessert by creating vertical vegetable garden walls out of reusable wooden pallets and plastic storage bins alongside a potted Myer’s Lemon or a pear tree grown on rootstock. Small space edible gardens can even be modern and sophisticated with crisp lettuces, fragrant herbs and delicious fruits planted in pots, wooden window boxes or half wine barrels.


We are proud to present a series of intimate designer gardens throughout the show grounds that create an understanding of how colorful flowers, lush edible plantings and dwarf fruit trees can transform a small terrace or balcony space into a quiet respite from our busy lives. The scent of rosemary, the sound of a soothing water feature, the feel of warm soil in our hands while potting organic fruits, vegetables and edible flowers is something all of us can delight in, no matter how small our gardening space.



An Edible Garden

Julianna Roosevelt and Kevin Mack, Designers / 323-934-5967

Terrace Design - “Le Petit Dejeuner” – Breakfast in the Garden


Arboretum Volunteer Propagators

Don Lorenzini, Designer

Terrace Design – The Flavor of Tea


Dirty Roots Gardening

Susan Moffett, Designer / 323-422-0865

Terrace Design - Salad For The Table


Garden Sense

Sabine Steinmetz, Designer / 818-618-2872

Terrace Design - A Feast for the Senses


Go Green Gardeners

Anne Phillips, Designer / 818-755-4647

Terrace Design - Farm Girl Pied a Terre


Paul Borden Los Angeles

Paul Borden, Designer / 818-687-2874

Terrace Design - The Caterer’s Garden

Showcase Garden Designers


The Woven Garden and La Loma Development Company

John Lyons and Marco Barrantes, Designers / 323-793-3139


The Incredible Edible Maze

This garden is a circular maze that invites the visitor to move through to a center point. Along the labyrinth of vegetables, herbs and other edibles, one will encounter a series of scents, taste sensations and flavors. The use of sculptural elements adds height and drama to the garden. Take a walk through the maze and discover its secrets!


John Lyons is a gardener who designs, installs and maintains edible landscapes, California Native gardens, orchards and wild hedgerows.  In addition, he teaches gardening at Decanso Gardens. The LA Arboretum and the Theodore Payne Foundation. Originally from Ireland, John has had gardens in Galway, London, Zurich, New York and Los Angeles.  John does not "teach' gardening per se.  Hopefully he can inspire, cajole and inform fellow gardeners to try new things, keep doing what they are doing, and dream new landscapes and plant combo conspiracies.


Marco Barrantes has over 10 years experience as a certified Permaculture designer, carries a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and a Masters degree in Environmental Planning. Prior to La Loma, Marco was the Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Berkeley and also worked with the Urban Gardening Institute and helped to create Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project, a federally funded two-block community farm, organic nursery and produce store in South West Berkeley. His designs and built projects have been featured in various media outlets, such as the LA Times, the ABC Evening News, and the Berkeley Daily.


Mystic Water Gardens and Mel-O-Dee Garden Center

Steve Sandalis and Damon Mori, Designers / 818-424-6836 / 818-998-3232


A Taste of Spring

When we thought of “A Festival of Flavors”, our design team imagined constructing an edible demonstration garden, which could adapt and change throughout the year.  Inspiration was derived by the difficult economic times we face now and in the future. In addition, our environment has suffered greatly over many years of abuse. In response to these problems we plan to create a self-sustaining and eco-friendly example for others to follow.  The water feature is designed to use as little water as possible and actually capture rainwater and run off to protect the environment. 


Steve Sandalis is the owner of Mystic Water Gardens and a member of CLCA and CAC and was selected to represent Southern California for the CAC Advisory Council. Sandalis was host on Discovery Show and Animal Planet and was also featured on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Steve recently shot a “Do-It-Yourself” video for Home Depot on water gardens. He was awarded “Best Water Feature in the State of California” by CLCA in 2006, has been featured in WaterShape magazine, LA Times and WaterGarden News. Sandalis has been fortunate enough to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. He has also donated water features to many schools and community centers to help teach children about the importance of protecting our environment.



Damon Mori, owner of Mel-O-Dee Garden Center and Landscaping is a (CSLB) California Licensed Contractor and a member of CLCA and of CANGC (California Association Nursery & Garden Centers).


Atomic Oak Garden Design

Matt-Dell Tufenkian, Designer / 818-720-6908


The Power of Plants

Plants grow all around us. They sustain the whole of the animal kingdom. People need flowers and plants for food, clothing, and medicine. Plants even help make the air we breathe. What is the power of plants? The power to sustain, the power to heal, the power to altar consciousness, the power over the spirit. To plant a seed, tend the soil, and watch a plant grow is one of the most inspiring hopeful activities. The act of gardening promotes physical adjustments thus improving body, mind and spirit.


Matt-Dell Tufenkina is a native Angelino, born in Pasadena, California. As a boy his backyard’s hillsides were connected and terraced with different patios and sections. There was the apple patio, the apricot patio, the greenhouse, the berry vine, the rosemary hillside, the mulch pile and lots of stairs. He had his own watering can with his name painted on it at age two. At age eight, he grew and exhibited plants – winning numerous awards, including best in show. He is an award-winning artist and multi-media studio assistant. Currently he is living in Pasadena and working as a multi-media landscape artist and garden maker.


Haynes Landscape Design

Laramee Haynes, Designer / 626-441-3725


The Accessible Edible Garden

All of us face the possibility of reduced physical ability from injury or age. Despite reduced ability, we can keep gardening if a few thoughtful ideas are put into practice. Garden beds raised to table height enable wheel chair users to reach garden areas. The beds are also narrow and curved so more of the garden can be reached from any spot. Pathways are firm and wide for easy turning. Herbs, vegetables and annual flowers complete this accessible edible garden.

Laramee Haynes is a landscape designer and contractor in Pasadena. In 2001 Laramee left his engineering career and purchased a landscaping company. He made this change to pursue a more artistic life. Laramee especially enjoys the combination of science and art needed to create beautiful gardens.


Larkspur Garden Design

Steven Gerischer, Designer / 323-257-3629


Strategies For An Edible Yard

This design focuses on the ways the home gardener can incorporate vegetables and other edibles into the home landscape while keeping an eye towards style and design…Balanced with a lighthearted flair.


Steve Gerischer, an award winning landscape designer, teacher, and vice president of the Southern California Horticulture Society, has been gardening locally since childhood. He has appeared on HGTV’s ‘Landscaper’s Challenge (where his was the design chosen and installed) and formerly worked and lectured at Smith & Hawken in Beverly Hills, and Hortus, in Pasadena. He now divides his time between creating landscapes with his company, Larkspur Garden Design, and lecturing on a wide variety of topics relating to gardening in Southern California. Current motto: “Get rid of the lawn.” This is Steve’s 5th year participating in the LA Garden Show.










Christopher Bysshe Landscape Design

Christopher Bysshe, Designer / 310-295-7772




Christopher Bysshe creates cohesive, functional landscape designs that are artful, and uniquely express the client’s individual taste and style. He designs ‘out of the box’ and is capable of creating original, one-of-a-kind gardens within traditional and modern garden styles. He has a background in biology, botany and environmental horticulture, as well as in landscape design. His landscapes are defined by the use of lush, dramatic plantings combined with functional creative hardscapes that are integrated seamlessly with the architecture of the home, and the surrounding environment.


Dwell By Design

Yvonne Suter, Designer / 562-500-5519


Dining and Discovery
Step into a garden space, where elements of sophistication are combined with eclectic styling, artistic flourishes, and the unconventional use of salvaged items, to form a unique yet inviting space for dining and discovery. The creative use of objects in the garden is sure to spark the imagination of guests, while the dining pergola, with its eclectic yet sophisticated styling, provides a space for visiting with friends while enjoying a fine meal flavored with fresh herbs and featuring other edibles, all grown in the surrounding garden. Pull up a chair and prepare for some interesting conversation!


Yvonne Suter, owner and operator of Dwell by Design a boutique landscape design studio, is a California native, who has had a passion for plants since a young age. Yvonne has a particular interest in utilizing low-water-use perennials, California natives, succulents and cactus, as well as organic and sustainable practices. As a fine artist, Yvonne also creates custom objects de' art and artistic installations for exterior, as well as interior spaces.  She is also a fine art photographer, and offers custom and completed works of art, in a meditative style. Dwell by Design provides friendly and personalized service to the greater Los Angeles and North Orange County areas, and specializes in creating sophisticated, eclectic, and artistic landscapes, for spaces large and small.  

Nick Williams & Associates

Nick Williams, Designer / 818-996-4010


The Light-er Fare Garden

One of the greatest things about living in California is the amount of time we get to spend outdoors. And some may say that the next best thing is having the ability to grow our own food right in our own gardens, whether they be large or small.  By day, this small but very functional garden is a locavore’s delight – a virtual harvest of fruit, citrus, veggies and edible flowers. But by night, the careful placement of Candlelit mood lighting transforms the Light-er Fare Garden into an intimate, cozy den, just right for dining and romance.


Nick Williams has been a landscape designer for more than 50 years, specializing in residential remodels. He believes that a garden should evoke emotion in those that visit. His combination of nature’s elements – fire, earth, air and water – always encourages people to enter one of his gardens, sit awhile and just “be.”







Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Los Angeles

Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Designers


Punctuation in the Garden – A Gallery of Edible Design

Professional landscape designers frequently employ pots, sculpture or containers to 'punctuate' a garden. They act as focal points, details, or simply lead the eye about and the right choice adds flourish and finish to a well-designed space.  


Expanding upon the 'punctuation' concept, local members of APLD are showcasing their originality and creative designs in a group exhibition consisting of an array of eye-catching focal points for use in the garden or landscape.


Composed with innovative containers, edible plants and imagination these artworks are fun, elegant, quirky and provide sustenance!  They are exhibited in a garden-gallery setting and cover a wide range of design styles suitable for a California garden.  


The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the highest professional standards for landscape designers. The California Chapter includes local districts throughout the state that provide members many ways to further develop their professional skills and keep abreast of the latest information and developments in the field. 


APLD members agree to protect the environment, discourage damage to our natural resources and conduct their responsibilities in a manner that enhances the status of landscape design as a respected profession. A certified APLD member is a mark of distinction. Hiring a professional landscape designer can be one of the smartest investments you make. To find an APLD member near you, or for more information on APLD Standards of Practice go to



Good Earth Enterprises

Lew Watanabe, Designer / 626-355-4146


Capturing the Sprit of Yakushima

Called “The Alps of the Ocean”, Japan’s Yakushima Island is noted for its biodiversity of plant life, from enormous, ancient Cedars dotting the snow clad mountain tops, to forests of various other trees and shrubs carpeted with grasses, moss and ferns, to Orchids and many other tropical plants that meet the sandy shores where giant sea turtles come to nest. Starting with only the rare, coral-barked Yakushima Crepe Myrtle, previously planted in his garden, Lew Watanabe has designed a retreat that echoes this mysterious land of granite and water. The Weeping Wall, created to mimic the many waterfalls on Yakushima, is crafted of African black granite. The native granite water bowl suggests the many streams that converge to create the many falls.


Lew Watanabe’s site-specific sculptures deal with an encompassing visual and tactile experience. He conceives each piece of his art as a landscape, dealing with open sky, light, plants and stone. In 1987, Watanabe began designing and building his granite weeping water walls, and was immediately praised for his ability to create meditative pieces that inspire reflection and serenity.



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