2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards

Behold the 13 knockout garden design trends of 2011

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Front yard living
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Kathleen N. Brenzel

Front yard living

Winner: Outdoor entertaining

The judges were impressed that this family in Greenbrae, California, “created space where none existed before,” turning a sloped front yard into a modern play den. Concrete planters are placed along the sidewalk, with a firepit and raised patio inside. Phormiums and a gate add screening, while not totally blocking out the street. “This garden could change the whole neighborhood,” said one judge.

Why it won: 

  • DIY. A concrete fountain beside the path and a square firepit near the table are finishing touches, built by the owners.
  • Friendly hedge. Phormium ‘Firebird’ and P. tenax flank the freestanding gate, creating light screening. 
  • Slope changers. Edged with concrete, the raised patio and its planter-retaining wall level the yard and make it more livable.
Design: Ive Haugeland, Shades of Green Landscape Architec­ture, Sausalito, CA (shadesofgreenla.com or 415/332-1485)

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