2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards

Behold the 13 knockout garden design trends of 2011

Eco chic
Photo by Holly Lepere; written by Kathleen N. Brenzel

Eco chic

Winner: Sustainability

Sustainability is fun in this Santa Barbara backyard, which has a hot tub and rock-lined firepit tucked behind the grassy “meadow,” but uses 95 percent locally sourced or salvaged materials. The judges’ take: “It says, ‘Grab the marsh­mallows and meet me at the campfire.’ ”

Why it won:

  • Reuse of 200 tons of stone. The sandstone takes on a cobblestone-y Euro feel as seating, walls, and borders.
  • Drought-tolerant grasses. These plants are low maintenance and eye-catching.
Design: Margie Grace, Grace Design Associates, Santa Barbara (gracedesignassociates.com or 805/687-3569). Custom design home by Michelle Kaufmann.

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