Living on the edge

Enjoy year-round outdoor living
Lauren Bonar Swezey

Tucson ― Residing in the desert has many advantages, including year-round outdoor living and the ability to grow a wonderful diversity of plants.

Owners Barbara Gutek and Geza Bottlik appreciate all the desert has to offer, including the many birds that visit their property. So when they hired Jeffrey Trent to design their desert-edge garden, they requested that it be suitable for entertaining both friends and wildlife.

The garden, which slopes away from the house, was parceled into a series of terraces to maximize the usable area. The upper terrace―with its outdoor kitchen, dining patio, and seat wall―is the main entertaining area. Surrounding it are many colorful native and desert-adapted plants that provide creatures with food and shelter. A small pond in the back welcomes visiting birds.

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