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We have officially transferred our blog to our website fallingwaterslandscape.com

This blog site will no longer be updated with our posts. Most every post from this blog has been moved over to our new blog, located in the top menu under (blog) in our newly updated website.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, now come and check out our new site!

A house in the hills photo credit: Sarah Yates

A house in the hills photo credit: Sarah Yates

Our Palm Springs back yard collaboration with Blogger Sarah Yates of A House in the Hills blog and Lowes Home Improvement has finally been completed. The desert heat tried its best to tame us coastal San Diego natives but alas we emerged victorious. With the creative help of Sarah and materials from Lowes we poured the concrete pathways and hammock landing along with the surrounding plantings and the overhead structure. These wonderful photos were taken by Sarah and all credit is attributed to her. They can be found on her blog in the article titled- Back yard makeover with Lowes –  Enjoy.

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

 

photo credit : Sarah Yates

photo credit : Sarah Yates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The "Duke" Encinitas, CA

The “Duke” Encinitas, CA

Every Year the California Landscape Contractors Association holds the Beautification awards to honor Landscape Contractors with their achievements in design and Build. This year the team at Falling Waters Landscape entered 3 projects. We entered our projects in the Design Build Construction Category which were split up into small, medium, and large. We were fortunate enough to win the award for Small Landscape Design Build for the Mannes Residence. We Received the achievement award for medium Design Build Construction at the Wells Residence. Lastly We received the Award for the Saxten Residence in Design Build Construction. These are projects that we are very proud of and which feature many of the design and aesthetic principles that we have cultivated through the years. Below are images of our work.

Mannes Residence

Mannes Residence

opposites

opposites

 

Floating counter

Floating counter

 

Wells Residence

Wells Residence

Wood, Concrete, Fire

Wood, Concrete, Fire

Softened

Softened

Reflection

Reflection

 

 

We were approached by Sarah Yates who runs ‘A House in the Hills’  blog. She is “a photographer who fancies herself a chef, style maven, interior designer, world traveler and dog stylist.”  she has a great following online and reached out to us to help her with a project at her house. In the coming weeks, months we will be facilitating the renovation of the landscape in her mid-century modern home in Palm Springs, CA.  We are excited to add to the architectural history of Palm Springs and the legacy it has imprinted on the design world as a whole. We will keep you updated on the process as we are sure she will as well with her online readers.

 

 

http://ahouseinthehills.com

 

 

This landscape intends to encapsulate the essence of California, what it means to be Californian and the opportunities our location brings to us. Our theme is “Golden State of Mind” which pays tribute to our State motto, and that no matter where you live, you can embrace a California-inspired Garden by bringing the indoors out and creating a fun, functional and comfortable space.

A dining scenario

A dining scenario

 

APLD Excellence in Design Principles award

APLD Excellence in Design Principles award

 

BOXX PLANTER

BOXX PLANTER

 

 

Bocce Ball Court

Bocce Ball Court

Steel

Steel

 

Quercus agrifolia

Quercus agrifolia

 

It's in Bloom

It’s in Bloom

 

Bernard Trainor + Associates

Bernard Trainor + Associates

This past weekend the Pacific Horticulture Society and The Association of Professional Landscape Designers held an event at the Tree People headquarters at Coldwater Canyon park on Mulholland Dr. right above the foothills of Beverly Hills.  http://www.treepeople.org/  The event was to bring together Landscape Professionals from Southern California to share ideas and hear professional speakers talk specifically about regional design. Randy Baldwin is the General Manager of San Marcos Growers and spoke specifically about new plants from Australia that will be introduced into the states in the coming years. He has vast knowledge of plants and the cultivation of new varieties. Carol Bornstein is the Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. and spoke about landscape design in Southern California. She shared information on landscapes both large and small. Lastly, the head speaker was Bernard Trainor, http://bernardtrainor.com/  a world renowned Landscape Architect working out of Carmel, California. His knowledge of design and the importance he places on the relationship between site, place and people was insightful and a reminder of my days at the Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture Department. It was a privlage to get to some insight into his vast knowledge and to pick his brain personally. Their was a social event afterwards with cocktails and dinner which allowed more ideas to be shared through the night. The next day a small group along with Bernard and Carol took a hike at Coldwater Canyon Park and ended with an intensive conversation about design once agian. APLD and the Pacific Horticulture Society put on a great event in conjuntion with the Tree People Association and we hope to continue to build the APLD brand and always cultivate great relationships with the design community.

Bernard Trainor + Associates

Bernard Trainor + Associates

 

 

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

 

 

Bernard Trainor

Bernard Trainor

 

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Land and Sky

 

post hike discussion

post hike discussion

 

On October 14, 2013 we were invited to be part of a panel presentation and discussion on ‘Contemporary Trends in Landscape Design” at the San Diego chapter of the Horticulture Society. To advertise the event we were featured in the newsletter of the Horticulture Society along with fellow designers Kendra Berger and Kate Wiseman.  The event was part of an annual speaker series usually concentrating on plant topics. This year was different and design topics were the focus, particularly; contemporary trends in landscape design, over arching trends in landscape design and trending plants in landscape design. After all three speakers spoke a discussion panel began and a healthy design dialogue commenced.

 

A big crowd was on hand to discuss plants and design at the San Diego County Fair grounds and a lot of very relevant information was shared amongst professionals and amateurs alike. We hope we can get invited again to share new and interesting topics on design with those who are willing to listen next year and for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego Horticulture Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a building crowd

a building crowd

 

Cardiff Elementary Native Garden

Cardiff Elementary Native Garden

 

 

Recently Falling Waters took part in the renovation of the California Native Garden at Cardiff Elementary. The Garden was in need of some tender loving care after some time of neglect. We stepped up and took the reigns for the projcet. Moosa Creek Nursery was amazing in supplying our native plants and even donated many varieties of plants.  The children will, during the course of the year have classes that take them to the garden to learn about Native california plants along with being taught the process of pollination and get to experience the wild animals and insects that will inhabit the space throughout the year. We took delight in knowing we could contribute to the learning environment of all of the little youngsters. We feel honored to have taken part in such a neat project and for the organization and school to have honored us as well.

 

 

Cardiff, CA

Cardiff, CA

 

 

 

Moosa Creek contribution

Moosa Creek contribution

 

 

 

Cardiff, CA

Cardiff, CA

 

Go wild

Go wild

 

 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/17937633/list/Take-Your-Hell-Strip-to-Heavenly-Heights–8-Design-Ideas

Hey everyone, We were Featured on HOUZZ!  Here is the link above. We love Houzz Its a great place to get ideas for your home and landscape. Do you use Houzz? If so, tell us why you like it.

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This past weekend we presented at the San Diego Home and Garden Show at the San Diego Fair grounds in Del Mar, CA. We took part in the seminar series and spoke on saturday and sunday.

The talk shared a little information on the beginnings of Falling Waters Landscape and how it became the company it is today. We then laid out a brief history on modernism and  the fathers of the movement as it pertains to architecture and more specifically landscape design. Lastly, we laid out the principles and tenets of what comprises the modern garden today and shared some additions that are more relevant in our day than they were 50-70 years ago.

We genuinely enjoyed being  able to try our hand at publicly sharing our experiences and rules we design by for the first time and we hope we can tune and refine our talk for another talk in the future.


Ryan Prange, APLD