This large (2 acre) garden was located on the edge of the Pebble Beach Golf Course in coastal central California. Former owners had created a putting green on the acre across the driveway from the house. We used the elevated central "green" to create a sitting area with Adirondack chairs, looking down on other developed areas of the garden. The owner was a runner, and for him we created a perimeter path with gentle curves and interesting plantings that enclosed the entire property.

Choosing plants was a challenge, as deer were drawn to the golf course itself, and the new garden, as well. We used many California natives, with a few other "deer tolerant" varieties planted alongside. The Monterey Pine forest that provided the large existing trees had been badly damaged by drought and then pine beetles, so an new underplanting of pines was also added to provide for a succession forest. Redbuds, Oregon Grape, Flowering Currant, Sword Fern, and other shade loving perennials were introduced as understory plantings. The sunnier acre that surrounded the house featured curvilinear beds filled with many Mediterranean style shrubs and perennials.

 

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