What makes a garden regionally appropriate? In Regional Landscape Architecture Southern California: Mediterranean Modern and Regional Landscape Architecture Northern California: Rooted in Resilience, both by Jeffrey Head, 15 private gardens designed by leading landscape architects answer that question by directly addressing the climate, landscape, and culture they inhabit.
Whether small or large, urban or rural, luxurious or low budget, these resilient outdoor spaces are finely attuned for the indoor-outdoor lifestyle for which both Southern California and Northern California are known. They make use of local building materials and craftspeople and offer their owners a unique emotional connection to nature. Firmly planted in time and place, the projects, complete with plans, define not so much a style as an experience and thrive with little effort from their owners.