Winners offer inspiration for planting, paving, and problem-solving

As the winners in Sunset’s contest prove, a garden with a great design presents plants beautifully, extends a home into the outdoors and expresses its owner’s taste and personality. Our judges selected the best gardens from several hundred entries submitted by landscape architects and designers across the West. Each garden is ripe with ideas you can use:


A park of one’s own, Beverly Hills
Winding ways, Santa Monica Canyon, CA
House within a garden, Santa Monica


Beautifully crafted, San Francisco
Less is more, Walnut Creek, CA


Simply elegant, Danville, CA


Open to change, Lafayette, CA
Living on the edge, Tucson
Gentle touch, Glen Ellen, CA


Steeled to perfection, Yountville, CA
A path worth reading, Tiburon, CA

OTHER WINNERS (photos not available)

Steve Martino & Associates, Phoenix
Bliss Design, Soquel, CA
Nobel Design Studio, Carbondale, CO
GLS Architecture/Landscape Architecture, San Francisco


(from left to right)

Christine Ten Eyck, ASLA
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Phoenix

Scott Woodcock, ASLA
The Berger Partnership, Seattle

Lauren Bonar Swezey
Director, Western Garden
Design Awards Program, Sunset

Bernard Trainor, APLD, MSGD
Bernard Trainor Design Associates,
Royal Oaks, CA

Pamela Burton, ASLA
Pamela Burton & Company, Santa Monica

Kathleen N. Brenzel
Senior Garden Editor, Sunset

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