See how a boring Southern California yard got a stunning Hawaiian makeover, complete with tropical plants and a lagoon
The lush makeover, amazingly, didn’t result in a bloated water bill. “With the pool and koi pond, plus all the vegetation, it was apparent early on that we had to manage our water wisely,” says Jack. Thanks to a drip system with a moisture sensor and carefully calibrated watering schedules, the garden actually requires less water than the lawn it replaced.
As the garden grew in over the years, the couple embraced the island lifestyle. Kathy invited the members of a local hula school to come dance in the garden. Matt and John, now living close by, visit often to swim and barbecue. As for Jack: “I get off the freeway after a tough day, and the garden puts the evening in slow motion.” With the tiki torches lit and the Hawaiian music playing, “I feel like I’m back on the Islands.”
Design: Brian Ackerman, Land Arch; brianackerman.com.