UUCCSM Landscape Design
VPDS provided landscape design services to the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. The design converted their existing garden area to a "Garden of Eternity" that offers teak benches that line the pathway surrounded by California Region water conserving landscaping and brick flooring that offers parishioners the opportunity to engrave their deceased loved ones names and dates. The design also replaced their existing irrigation system to drip irrigation within the church's Anderson Courtyard.
As a sub-consultant to Kendall Planning + Design, VPDS provided landscape plans for the Reuter Residence in 2013 which minimized harmful chemical inputs such as toxic pressure-treated wood, herbicides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizers, but also scarce resources such as water, wood, paving materials, and petroleum products, minimizing waste of green materials, water runoff, and construction wastes. VPDS was hired to prepare a water efficient landscape plan of a remodeled home in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. The landscape plan features California native plants and water efficient plants from other Mediterranean climate zones. Over 1500 square feet of turf was removed from the front and back yards with Metropolitan Water District incentives, and an older pop up spray irrigation system was replaced with more efficient drip irrigation and a smart irrigation controller which adapts water flow to the local climate. Decomposed granite and flagstone paths wind through the garden, forming seating areas in the front courtyard and backyard. A kitchen garden and terraced fruit trees provides organic produce, and compost produced on-site is reused in the garden.
VPDS produced landscape plans for Owner and Principal Architect of Kendall Planning + Design, Alison Kendall's residence in 2012 which incorporated an integrated site design that was low maintenance using water efficient plants. Hydrozoning was used to maximize water efficiency. California native plants, recycled paving materials, pervious concrete, highly-efficient subsurface drip irrigation, evaporation-transpiration controllers, grey-water irrigation, non-toxic amendments, recyclable materials that can be recycled in the future were key to this project.
Maximizing natural resources, such as solar energy, reusable materials, mature vegetation, pleasant views, as well as on-site water preservation made this design a success.