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Garden Dialogues 2020: Pasadena & Bel Air, CA

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Linda Ridge &

Stradella Residence

Los Angeles , CA 91103

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Linda Ridge - Pasadena, CA 91103 - June 6, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Opportunity knocked, and EPTDESIGN’s clients answered. When a tired midcentury home on a spectacular one-acre promontory came on the market, they saw the potential they couldn’t pass up, even though it would be quite an undertaking. Buoyed by the canyon setting and awe-inspiring mountain and city views, a wonderful team was assembled to complete a deep architectural remodel complemented by extensive new gardens. The result is a soulful, contemporary home residing in a landscape that evokes the native hillsides with a quiet sensibility. Special care was taken to stabilize the steep slopes and regulate water usage. The plantings harmonize with stone, concrete, and gravel to create a textured palette that integrates the land and architecture into a unified whole.

The rigor of the architecture finds its counterpoint in a series of sweeping paths and walls. The radial forms ease the garden onto the organic site while lending mystery to the overall composition. What lies around the bend? The discoveries include view terraces of cut stone, mirrored in the wall panels of ledger stone found on exterior and interior surfaces; a fire pit hewn from a two-ton boulder; and an original pool updated to reflect the spectacular sky.

This Garden Dialogue will be lead by Nord Eriksson, Principle of EPTDESIGN, project architect David Serrurrier, and project landscape contractor Joe Gagnier.

2.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees.

Stradella Garden - Bel Air, CA 90077 - June 7, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Located high above Bel Air, this two-acre garden affords panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles, the distant San Gabriel Mountains, and the Los Angeles Westside. The owners commissioned Stephen Billings Landscape Architecture to create gardens that reflect their active lifestyle and growing family.

The firm used the Japanese concept of Shakkei, incorporating the surrounding landscapes into the composition of the garden. They took advantage of the existing stands of mature jacaranda trees located on the adjacent properties and planted a grove of the same trees throughout the motor court, creating the illusion of a much larger landscape. The gardens, water feature, and driveway are a composition of gentle curves that emanate from the building like a series of water ripples, with a focus on an existing ficus tree.

The same Shakkei concept was used on the hillside garden by incorporating plant materials of the adjacent native chaparral into the planting palette of the new garden. Stunning views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir are featured on a meandering walkway that weaves through a terraced hillside linking entertaining areas among a grove of new olive trees and an orchard of citrus, plums, pomegranate, and avocado. Plant materials with aromatic oils were chosen to fill the air with fragrance in the summer heat. This phenomenon is called maquis, and it occurs naturally in coastal areas of the Mediterranean. Stephen Billings Landscape Architecture utilized plant materials native to that region such as rosemary, cistus, lavender, and myrtle in combination with California native plants to seamlessly blend with the surrounding planting.

This Garden Dialogue will be led by landscape architect Stephen Billings and architect Suzanne Shepla.

2.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees.

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