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.
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.