Recycled materials and colorful, graphic plants add whimsical punch to Bob Buchbinder and Lynn Pearson’s San Francisco backyard.
In the center, landscape designers James Pettigrew and Sean Stout (organicmechanics.us) created a one-of-a-kind patio that’s 16 feet in diameter and made of granite remnants—mostly dumpster finds—mixed with sewer
caps and bricks. In its center is a wood-burning firepit fashioned from an old metal wok that sits on a steel base that Bob
made. From the patio, gently curving paths lead to a secluded bench, a restored shed-turned-backyard-getaway, and a dining
area covered with a living roof of passion vines. Throughout, the lush plants need little care or water but look good year-round.
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