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Lush Ways to Beat the Drought


The Hollywood Reporter
Written by: Christy Hobart

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture was hired to create a drought-tolerant garden around this Santa Moncia Canyon home surprising the clients with the lush results. Bucking the idea that every family needs a lawn, the team happily eschewed green grass and opted for a discovery-filled, butterfly-friendly landscape.

Working around a gorgeous old sycamore tree and pulling from a large repertoire of California natives and what he call “climatically appropriate” plants from Australia, South Africa and the Mediterranean, Tessier created various “rooms” set apart by different plants in varying greens.