Backyard retreat in Menlo Park

This backyard retreat made the most of an existing pool. After weighing the costs of removing an existing pool with the options for remodeling it, these homeowners decided to keep it for exercise and relaxation, but scale it down to make room for more play area. The original pool was an awkward shape that required …

Low-Maintenance Gardening With Natives

I really enjoyed this synopsis of why gardening with natives can be so fun–so much less effort, so much more reward! This author is writing about a Zone 5 Nebraska prairie garden, but here in California, our palette of natives is so much wider. ¬†When you include well-adapted mediterranean climate plants from Australia, New Zealand, …