Design

Thoughtful and meaningful landscapes are created in all project sizes. Designs begin with a client meeting and site analysis. They proceed through concept drawings, master plans, planting plans and construction drawings, working with the best landscapers, engineers, craftsmen, and specialist contractors to guarantee a garden of the highest quality.

Kathryn’s garden designs are diverse in scope. They are noted for their historical narrative, comprehensive site analysis, underlying simplicity, and painter’s eye for composition, colour, shadow and light. She designs classic to contemporary gardens. A strong background in Italian and English garden history informs her work. In the public realm, she has special interest in designing natural playgrounds for children and therapeutic gardens for hospices and hospitals. Her gardens are mindfully designed to improve mental and physical health, and to invite moments of contemplation for enhanced overall well-being and interconnectedness.

Whenever opportunities arise, Kathryn encourages her clients to think about ways they can grow their own vegetables, tend berries, and harvest fruit trees.  Connection, movement and sustainability are ideals enveloped into gardening as a practice for clients. At university, Kathryn lived near the influential Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse whose graceful founder, owner, chef, food activist and author Alice Waters, has influenced fresh, seasonal eating and the developing the Edible Schoolyard Project. “It is deeply satisfying to tend your own garden,” Kathryn says. “And more so for me to teach people how to grow what they love to eat.”

Her Design page has sample projects.

 

Hospice Therapeutic Garden Seaside Italianate Garden
Hospice Theraputic Garden Seaside Italianate Garden Ovid’s Garden