Are you frustrated by a tepid creative vision, lack of plant knowledge, minimal building skills, or the general difficulty of planning a large-scale project?
These folks used to feel like that, too:
Kid + Pet Friendly
Wild for Wildlife
Extend your inside outside
This team had dreamed for 12 years of having a versatile outdoor space for their dogs, increased gardening area and multiple “rooms” to occupy. A sprayed plan on the land itself, with an accompanying plant list and several consultations, help clarify and plan their vision.
With the help of a local contractor, the dog pee covered driveway was removed and transformed into a ready palate that will slowly fill in with plants over time.
The couple is already drinking coffee in a sunny nook by the shed and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
With a new baby and pets that needed containing on a steep and angular corner lot, and a limited budget for new materials, this project presented a great challenge!
To address the steep slopes, we decided to remove the driveway and terrace the land beneath. Poured concrete retaining walls were too costly, so we reused the driveway concrete to create the terracing.
The problem of containing kids and pets was addressed by carving out a new lawn and patio space, contained by a new fence with multiple gates for easy access.
With a smallish budget and a lot of love and excitement, this client came to me feeling wary of how she could create a beautiful and unique sanctuary.
Barriers included a limited budget, a busy work schedule (not a lot of extra time for ongoing yard maintenance) and almost no experience with yard projects.
Together we planned and designed this yard that delineated “church and state“ to create clear, clean walking pads between seating areas in open garden space. Her dog no longer creates ankle breaking holes and low maintenance and low-water shrubs fill in the lush garden areas.
Special extra details like a raised garden bed around the existing deck now house herbs for cooking and cocktails, making this project a huge success!
Many of my clients are interested and invested in increasing outdoor habitat for their family as well as for urban wildlife. Weather for a backyard habitat certification or just a pollinator-friendly parking strip we’ve been able to create some incredible pockets where life is thriving!
These particular clients were invested in native habitat complete with private and peaceful Creekside seating area that blended right into the garden. A unique site with steep hillside’s, HOA requirements as well as a sensitive land restriction and erosion control concerns.
We’ve been lucky to work with this family for many seasons as they continue to remove ivy and develop more and more of their property for native habitat.
Included are details such as a water feature for mitigating traffic sounds and providing bugs and birds a drink, standing deadwood for critter habitat, pollinator friendly blooms year-round and site specific details for optimal picture window viewing, winter bird berries and roadside privacy hedges.
Everything is starting to bloom and I can not tell you how much having my beautiful front and back yard has supported me through this quarantine period.
- Jan Vanetta
What a surprise to come home to everything mulched — this looks beyond amazing. Thank you so much for a beautiful front yard!!! Beyond happy!
- Preston Waters
I love the design you’ve created for us, and think it’s going to add so much value to our lives to have a beautiful and fun(ctional) space we can enjoy. We really appreciate your guidance and expertise in this project!
- Ted and Lindsey Hayley
Ann gave us the plans, advice and confidence to transform our yard and she supported us along the way. We couldn't have afforded it or done it without her help.
- Candice and Chris Piers
Thanks for being our gardener. You always leave such a rainbow behind : )
- Beverly James-Neel
Just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for our backyard space right now. Thank you!!!
- Molly Zeigler
The landscaping makeover is complete! Thanks so much Pride & Joy Landscapes for the splendid design and for stewarding the process. Ann never made us feel bad for being bad plant parents but just took it all in and built it into a plan.
- Kat Sklar
The yard looks absolutely amazing! Yesterday and today it was so great to come home to see the transformation! You and your crew did an amazing job--thank you so much.
Ann Rad has had her hands in the dirt from the very beginning. Raised on a rural East Coast farm she spent her formative years planting, climbing trees and exploring the outdoors. Having worked in both arid and temperate climates under the mentor-ship of skilled designers, builders and landscapers, Ann has spent many years honing her craft.
Ann’s father found his solace in creating and tending wildly beautiful gardens, raising his daughter at his side through all seasons. Having been raised with plants as a therapeutic outlet, Ann uses her training as a gardener and a nurse to influence her designs and their capacity to heal.
Ann has owned and operated an iteration of Pride & Joy Landscapes for over 20 years and holds a certification in Permaculture design.