Designer: Georgia Madden, Feyerabend and Madden
Sunset Zone: 14 (What's a Sunset Zone).
Designer: Michael Thilgen, Four Dimensions Landscape
Sunset Zone: 17 (What's a Sunset Zone).
Phasing Tip: With a large property, it’s not always possible to do everything at once. It may be necessary to stagger – or phase – your project. Michael recommends a couple strategies. You can divide and conquer – for example, do the back yard this year and front yard next year. Another option is to do all major work in the first year (like grading, building walls, and sheet-mulching the lawn), and follow up with planting and irrigation the next year. For more ideas on phasing, see the Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide
About the Designer: Michael Thildgen is one of the original supporters of Bay-Friendly and has been Bay-Friendly Qualified since 2007. His firm Four Dimensions works fluently in many landscape styles and provides design/build services. California native gardens evoke the spectacular beauty of this land and improve local habitat quality. Cottage gardens feature casual meandering paths, gentle steps, and an abundance of colorful Mediterranean flowers. Formal gardens include handsome stone patios, elegant fountains, and gracious plantings.
Designer: Chris Larrance, Larrance Landscapes
Sunset Zone: 15 (What's a Sunset Zone).