Raised beds, varied plantings and space for outdoor living in Malibu

Garden Renovation: Malibu, California

The impressive transformation of Robert and Ann Hyland’s Malibu garden from lawn to a haven for outdoor living and gardening caught the eye of the judges. “The old garden was very plain and not very considerate of the California environment,” stated a juror. “The change is remarkable.”

A raised, cloister-inspired garden replaced the old lawn. A fountain with insets of California Arts and Crafts-style tile is the focal point; it’s surrounded by eight planting beds set in decomposed granite and filled with a variety of fruit trees, herbs, perennials, spring-flowering bulbs, and vegetables. A casual arbor creates a sense of privacy.

Two steps down from the raised garden is a cozy outdoor living and entertaining area with a built-in barbecue, fireplace, and dining table. The garden’s soft colors blend with the home. “This garden is designed for living,” said a juror. “And it’s probably used 100 times more than the lawn ever was.”

Designer: Nancy Goslee Power, Nancy Goslee Power & Associates, Santa Monica (310/264-0266)

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