Sustainable design involves landscapes that use little or no water, outdoor living environments that reflect geography and place, and gardens that feed the body and soul. Together, these elements inspire some of the West’s best design solutions and demonstrate how sustainability and artistry can comfortably co-exist in the landscape. While covering some of the region’s top architectural, landscape and garden design projects for the Los Angeles Times, Garden Design, and Pacific Horticulture, Debra has been inspired by sustainable designs that use recycled and repurposed ingredients as well as innovative plant palettes. Walls, furniture, floors, artwork, and structures (including stylish sheds) are expressed in a spectrum of styles – from ranch and modern to cottage and rustic.
She will share insights and inspiration from backyards, patios, sidewalks and balconies – beautiful and functional spaces that reflect their owners’ personalities and respect their surroundings. You can use the ideas as a springboard for your own design resourcefulness, incorporating sustainable elements into the planted and built world of your own garden.