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How to design an entertainer's yard

See how one garden, full of challenges, becomes a series of low-maintenance, party-ready rooms

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After: An entertainer's dream
David Fenton

After: An entertainer's dream

It’s all about working with you have. Mullins, of Growsgreen Landscape Design, mixed old brick with new, added horizontal fencing and a patch of grass, and used a muted planting palette to create an updated entertainer’s garden. She started by implementing a series of slight grade changes. The decision was both functional (it saves hauling tons of dirt) and design oriented (visitors feel that they’re stepping into a series of rooms). An existing canopy of a pepper tree and a palm were somewhat overwhelming, so Mullins strung cafe lights to create a lower, more intimate ceiling—much more inviting to visitors.

Design: Beth Mullins, Growsgreen Landscape Design (, San Francisco



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