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“… and pacing through the forest, 
Chewing the food of sweet and
bitter fancy,

Lo, what befell!”

William Shakespeare
As You Like It
Act IV, Scene III


for The Late Show Gardens 2009

Suzanne Biaggi graduated from San Francisco State in 1981 with an MA in sculpture. Her design studio – S.BIAGGI/sculptural landscapes – focuses on landscape design through the sculptor’s eye with a vision towards sustainability. 

She describes her work as contemplative, collaborating with the stones, choosing areas where to alter the stone.  Working with basalt or granite, she creates a harmony between the alteration and the original stone – to add a new history to the old. Her work is also about site – a collaboration between man and nature. Nature is reflected through the principals of interconnection, interdependence, and impermanence. She sees no distinction between the sculpture and the site; they become one.

Suzanne has been influenced by her travels, particularly Japan, Moorea, and Italy. Japan for its aesthetic – simple, elegant, wabi sabi; Moorea for its ancient stone worship sites; and Italy for its Mannerist gardens blurring the line between object and landscape.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Flow and Accumulation

The concept of Flow (the cycles of nature) and Accumulation (mans’ interruption of those cycles) is presented through the use of sculptural symbols. Permaculture plantings and innovative use of watering systems offer solutions to the results of accumulation. In the center of the garden is the symbol of hope in the form of the Future Feast table using the technology of green roofs for its’ living surface and inspired by a mannerist garden in Italy.

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Patrick Picard began landscaping professionally at the age of 23, while he was a history student at San Francisco State University. He has now been a landscape designer/contractor in Sonoma and Marin Counties for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Heather, have owned and operated Equinox Landscape, a Design/Build, Organic Gardening company, since 1992. Patrick received his permaculture design certificate in 2001 from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), and began transforming his company into a sustainable business that was more aligned with his values and deep passion for the Earth. As a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), they have won several awards for their sustainable design, installation and garden services. His most recent award was for a “food forest” in Kenwood that he designed, built and his company maintains.

In his designs, Patrick marries two seemingly divergent aesthetics: clean, modern structures with informal, native and edible plantings that result in relaxed, inviting gardens that are both beautiful to look at and tasty! Patrick uniquely combines plants into “guilds” to create healthy gardens that are self-sustaining and attract birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other wildlife to create complete ecosystems. One such design, “FrogSong”, the co-housing community where he lives, is a certified “Wildlife Habitat.” His company is a certified Green Business through the County of Marin and is a member of Sonoma County Business Environmental Alliance (BEA).


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Jack Chandler A native Californian, Jack attended California State Polytechnic College in Pomona, where he received his B.A. in Landscape Architecture. He began his practice in Orange County, California. In 1969 he and his family moved to the Napa Valley, eventually forming Jack Chandler & Associates in Yountville, California. Over the years, his distinctive work has made him one of the most respected landscape architects in California, earning him many awards and citations. Jack is best known for his distinctive contemporary design and unerring site planning. In addition to landscape architecture, Jack is known as an accomplished sculptor and designer of furniture, an outstanding cook and is an intrepid world traveler.

In 2005 Jack merged his practice with that of his daughter Jennifer (also a landscape architect), forming Chandler & Chandler Landscape Architects in Napa, California, a boutique landscape firm specializing in high-end residential landscapes, hospitality, and commercial projects, primarily in the Far West. Although Jennifer and Jack are well-versed in a variety of landscape styles, they are best known for their bold, contemporary approach. They are equally known for their touches of whimsy, often in the form of outdoor art and sculpture, unique water features, and their bold planting plans. In a part of the world where outdoor living comes naturally, a Chandler & Chandler landscape ensures maximum outdoor pleasure combined with timeless, innovative, beautiful design.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: After the Fall

Over the years I have designed many show gardens, all of which were put together within a pretty dream cloud of greenery, fragrance, order, and inventive design. 'After the Fall' has gone through the dream cloud and come out the other side, not drenched in fantasy, but into the reality of a world warmed and polluted by our own hands. It stands as a portent of gardens to come.

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Conway Cheng Chang is the principal of LUCID Land Studio, San Francisco. He holds an MLA with Distinction from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and is a recipient of the Norman T. Newton Prize for Exemplary Achievement in Design Expression. He has participated in international garden competition and his work has been exhibited worldwide.

Prior to founding LUCID Land Studio, he worked at Peter Walker and Partners, participating in public and institutional planning and design projects, and private estate design.  His deep knowledge of plant materials, ecosystem awareness, and focus on sustainability contributed to his projects, including Newport Beach City Hall, San Francisco Transbay Terminal Competition, Pixar Animation Studio, Knight School of Business Management Stanford University and World Trade Center Memorial New York. 

Conway Chang teaches Landscape Design Studio at the University of California Berkeley Extension Landscape Architecture program and is a design critic for the University of California Berkeley Architecture Studio. Additionally, Conway Chang holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University.  His extensive research experience has informed the conceptual design of LUCID Land Studio, addressing ecology and sustainability of landscape design.  The goals of his projects are to create a sense of place and to provide opportunities for clients to engage nature in their daily lives. This daily engagement with nature provides a healthy and better quality of life than doses of “lifestyle medications" – it’s an engagement to an ecological and sustainable world.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: In the Air

… IN THE AIR intends to be playful and critical, spontaneous and composed.
Air - one of the key components of life - it penetrates and circulates in all living organisms and fills in all the in-between spaces, the voids. It is associated with the dispossessed such as pollution and heat in urban environment and the refreshment such as the cool air in the Alps. It supports human life and emotions. However, we abuse it immensely because we assume it has the ability to react and to sustain. Have we damaged the air enough such as there is no return?

The garden is intended to reveal the form of air and understand the homogeneity and heterogeneity of air. The experimentation is laid out for us to feel, associate, analyze and understand what is in the air and lead to exploration of possibility, expectation, viewpoint and our conscience with the greater environment.

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Emmanuel Donval is the principal of Green Cherry Landscape Architecture; the studio is based in the city of Napa and offers residential and commercial design services in the North Bay area. His designs are dynamic, modern and contemporary, but because of his French upbringing, are infused with an old world formality. He also cleverly includes recycled materials, local materials, natives, and plants adapted to our Mediterranean climate.

His gardens can be playful, strong, and detailed but yet are balanced with the circumstances. He is sensitive to clients needs: "I listen to them and the landscape and strive to create harmony between the two". He holds the garden as more a reflection of the client and clients' true intention.

He became landscape architect because of his love of gardening and plants. He combines the passion for incorporating unique plant specimens, and developing the landscape to be a source of food and happiness.

Emmanuel Donval studied Art and Biology in Thonon, France. After receiving his university degree of technology (DUT) in Biology applied to the environment in Perpignan, France, he joined the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Bordeaux. There he studied architecture proceeded by the landscape architecture program in 1995. After graduation he collaborated with a group of young architects, together they won the first place European 5 for the site of Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal, 1999. The same year, he arrived in the United States with an internship visa… and has never left.


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Lisa Lee Benjamin 
With love and beauty leading her, Lisa Benjamin is a catalyst for the planet. She has an ability to see the world holistically and her passion for partnership and collaboration allows her to contribute and create. Lisa is dedicated to altering the way we live. Partnering with many, she is an avid designer of systems, buildings, the land and the relationships between them.

Principal of Evo Design, a unique firm based in Steamboat Springs and San Francisco, she has led a large range of projects from greenhouses, green roofs, and food systems to commercial, large land and retreat design. Her clients range from local ranchers to Whole Foods and the LA Museum of the Holocaust.

She has been a founding member of several organizations that support communities and a better world such as Alpine Initiatives, Deep Roots and GrowWest.  Lisa also was selected by EXIT ART in NYC for a vertical garden entry "live light V.1." which was on display April-June 2009.


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Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Meditative Remediation – A project to demonstrate the thoughtful use of water in landscaping

Water is an invaluable resource, especially in California. Constructed wetlands are an alternative way to capture and clean all of the water we use daily and prepare it for secondary use. 

Our installation is intended to illustrate a simple system of using plants to decontaminate waste water which can then can be used for irrigation. The effluent water flows into a series of 14 recycled grape gondolas which act as wetland cells and provide bio- filtration. They are perfect as they are impermeable  and thus do not allow waste water to enter the ground water, and are exactly the right depth for proper microbial activity. In our case each gondola is adorned with a forest of native wetland plants and filled with 3/4” gravel. The combination provides a very efficient habitat to remove toxins, bacteria, viruses and other pollutants. The water level is kept 4" below the gravel surface. After the water has filtered through several gondolas, it is returned to a natural wetland for our demonstration.

Loretta Gargan

Kate Frey began her career of working with plants and in nature as a seasonal with the State Forestry, Forest Service and California State Park system, where she worked fighting fires, on timber crews and on trails. At Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, Calif., where Kate worked for 18 years starting in 1986, she managed and designed the six acre, profuse and colorful organic gardens, as well as extensive sustainable landscaping around the facilities and the Bonterra Ranch.

Kate earned a B.A. Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in English at Sonoma State University in 2006. In May 2003 her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in London won a silver/gilt medal, and in 2005 and 2007 her gardens illustrating many elements of biodiversity and sustainability, won gold medals and were visited by the Queen. In 2009 she competed in the World Garden Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan. She currently works as a consultant, designer and a freelance writer, specializing in sustainable gardens that encourage biodiversity. In July 2009 Kate became the director of the Sonoma State University Sustainable Landscape Program.


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Loretta Gargan

Ben Frey is a rescuer of wood. Blackberry patches, burn piles and bone yards are favorite scouting grounds for rescue, to bring wood back to useful life, recreated into towers, tasting rooms, gates, furniture, bird houses and other items. Ben is the 10th of 12 children, and both parents were doctors. He began building with recycled materials at age eight when he helped his father and older brothers tear down Garrett Winery in Ukiah, California, to use the wood to build their own winery on the family ranch. His inspiration came from his father who converted a barn into their rustic house that included bits and pieces left over from table factories, Mendocino State Hospital, and burnt out redwood and oak stump and log furniture. Ben has spent 30 years rebuilding barns, wineries and old houses, and making rustic furniture and gates, transforming and reinterpreting the old, worn wood back into vital elements in the landscape. He worked on the Bonterra ranch in the McNab valley, Jeriko Winery in Hopland, as well as building and remodeling many houses. Ben built rustic furniture, towers and barns for gold medal winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and the World Garden Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan. He believes wood is a still living entity that can be transformed from one purpose into another functional element that expresses its organic past as a tree and its journey through the years with weather, lichen, livestock, woodpeckers and even rodents. He lives with his wife and their four dogs in a rustic house he built in Hopland, California and loves to spend time with their three grown children and grandson.


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Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: The Hermit's Garden

The Hermit’s Garden represents man striding from a pastoral, rustic past into an unreflective future where destruction of the environment occurs around him.  Man the individual, in his heart retains his original needs and satisfactions, but the unquenchable desire of the masses for more of everything the earth has to offer has drained the land of water and life.  The hermit cannot avoid the momentum of his shared destiny and strides forwards towards this harsh and unforgiving future, propelled by man’s propensity to move forward whatever the cost.

Loretta Gargan

Loretta Gargan holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and a BA in Studio Art, which continues to inform her work.  She began her career working for Topher Delaney and Andrea Cochran.  She has been the principal of Loretta Gargan Landscape + Design in San Francisco for 12 years, concentrating on residential design - from urban roof top gardens to a fifty-acre site in the Santa Lucia Preserve.  She was the recipient of a Creative Work Fund Grant that involved working with middle school students to design and implement a schoolyard garden.  Along with her partner, Catherine Wagner, she has also worked on multiple public art projects, adding plant and hardscaping elements to the overall design of the artworks.

Gargan was born and raised in California and has a deep appreciation for the native Northern California landscape.  She works closely with her clients to understand their needs and desires, and interpret these artistically while creating a meaningful space.  She has a minimalist approach to design, drawing inspiration from both Japanese and California modernist styles.  Her designs often include built elements within the garden, harmonizing the fabricated with the natural, the functional with the aesthetic.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Oak Circle

The focus of this installation is one of our native California oaks, Quercus agrifolia, commonly known as the Coast Live Oak. This theme draws from the oaks’ profound relationship to the abundance and variety of California wildlife, providing both habitat and nourishment. Oaks are at the base of an elaborate wild food system, offering acorns, leaves, twigs, sap and pollen to herbivores, which in turn are consumed by carnivores. As well, California oaks are associated with as many as 5,000 insect species. In addition to food, the trees also supply a support for other plants, such as fungi, lichen and mistletoe that supplement the food chain and add to the diversity of its ecosystem. Oak trees, in their nooks and crannies, create habitats for various animals to live, rest, and breed. The oak landscapes provide habitat for more than 100 species of birds during the breeding season, including the Scrub Jay, who will relocate thousands of acorns in one season. As an integral part of this complex life cycle, the oak can be said to be the model of sustainability.

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Stephen Glassman has worked in many diverse venues and mediums over the past 29 years including Paris Opera, Moscow Circus, Santa Monica Museum of Art, White Columns, Artists' Space, and Thomas Solomon… and collaborators include Jonathan Borofsky, Philippe Petit, Sarah Elgart, and Oguri. His work caught international attention in the early 1990s when he began creating large-scale freeform structural bamboo installations in devastated urban sites around Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires and Northridge Quake. These works became symbols of resiliency in their L.A. communities.

Recent and significant projects by Stephen Glassman include the Sylvia Campuan Bridge in Ubud Bali, SK8I80, sculpture for a Skate Park in Salt Lake City, UT, and Southeast Shear in Pine Bluff, AR. The Arkansas project, a NEA / Hillary Clinton White House Millennium Fellowship, was an 80' tall x 90' wide x 140' long freeform timber construction and plaza in this languishing Arkansas bayou city. Currently in production is the Soto Bridge project here in Los Angeles, as well as sculptures commissioned to debut over the coming year in Calgary, Canada; San Jose, CA; and Seattle, WA.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Below Above

Stephen Glassman’s current sculptural inquiry focuses on scale, velocity, and permanence. 

Arriving 3 days before the exhibition opening, Glassman will begin a site specific work. In the lowland area of Cornerstone's Mediterranean Meadow. At this spot the meadow drops below the horizon, and the visitor sees only hills, sky and grassland. Here, with prepared bamboo, stone and gabions, Glassman will create a piece that appears as a random occurrence, yet with the structural integrity of a permanent sculpture. The piece will serve to cause a footpath into the meadow and a visual path to the greater Sonoma landscape.

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Peter Munder Good was raised in the Pennsylvania countryside with a keen appreciation of nature. He had an extensive apprenticeship with Bartlett Tree Experts on the East Coast before moving to San Francisco in 1977, where he worked for Ted Kipping, tree shaper. Peter started his own landscape contracting company, Goodscapes, in 1980, and has designed and installed many residential gardens throughout the Bay Area. He has worked with a myriad of landscape architects, garden designers and artists. Peter's solid reputation comes from having a keen eye for design details, his commitment to quality, and his wide knowledge of plants. In 1987, Peter was awarded an international internship to Wakehurst Place, the county estate of Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in England. He worked at Strybing Botanical Gardens in the mid-1990's, building a container garden in the old Sunset display area.

More recently, Peter collaborated in the renovation of San Francisco Botanical Garden's Eastern Australian, Rhododendron, and Camellia Gardens. Among the many related activities, Peter is an English trained hedge layer, has taught nature studies to primary students and has collaborated on a community woodland project in Oxfordshire, England.


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Liz Einwiller Over the course of a diverse 15-year career in landscape design Liz Einwiller has collaboratively designed landscapes, under the management and direction of a licensed landscape architect, for private estates, public parks and corporate plazas. Her extensive knowledge of project construction techniques combined with her sensitivity to design concept and site conditions results in the creation of integrated, innovative landscapes. Liz holds a Master's of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. She is currently a partner at PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley California.


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Adam Greenspan Currently a partner at PWP Landscape Architecture, Adam Greenspan has collaborated with a licensed Landscape Architect on the design of temporary installations, gardens, parks, plazas and estates across the country.  Adam has also organized the PWP internship program and has co-taught landscape design studios at UC Berkeley.  Adam grew up in Los Angeles and holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s of Art Degree, with Honors, in Sociology and Studio Art from Wesleyan University in Middletown , CT.


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Sarah Kuehl has worked on numerous projects ranging in scale, budget, character, and permanence. Primarily committed to practice and the realization of site specific built work, Sarah simultaneously maintains her efforts in teaching, advocacy and experimentation. She is particularly interested in any project where physical design embodies conceptual ideas or vice versa. Named a partner at PWP Landscape architecture in 2005, Sarah has worked in all phases of design and construction. Recent work includes the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art and the Speedway Promenade, University of Texas, Austin; and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1993 and a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. She was the winner of the 2004-2005 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, she currently lives in Oakland, California.


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Loretta Gargan

David Fong won his first ice-sculpting competition at age 19, quickly starting an illustrious career. David moved to San Francisco to pursue his art career and received a degree in Animation. Blending animation with sculpture, David developed his own unique style contrary to most traditional ice sculptors. He continues to push his artwork to the limit by competing annually in national and international competitions around the world.

Ice Illusions is a premier ice sculpting studio located in Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA. Ice Illusions provides innovative ice sculpture designs and professional ice services from coast to coast. The company's origin trace back to Kim Phuong. Kim Phuong has been sculpting ice for over 30 years and is renowned to be one of the great
ice masters of his time. Kim passed on his knowledge of the art to his son, David Fong, at a young age. In a field of 48 teams from around the world, David Fong took 6th place in 2009 at the World Ice Art Competition. Together, the father and son team continues to provide their artwork for the world to enjoy.  You may visit their work at: www.iceillusions.com

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Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: The Grow Melt Project

The Grow Melt Project aims to create a moving metaphor for the processes that affect our world and our landscapes. Rather than a static artifact we would like to construct a garden that changes over the duration of the show through the use of ice as a building material as well as its melting generation of water. By drawing attention to the fact that climate change can dramatically alter small differences in topography, Grow Melt references the greater changes afoot in our landscape.

John Greenlee Skilled horticulturist and garden designer, John Greenlee, is founder of Greenlee Nursery, the oldest specialty grass nursery on the West Coast. He is author of The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses, and is finishing his second book, The American Meadow Garden, which will be published this fall by Timber Press. As an expert in grass ecology and champion of sustainable design, John has made meadows all around the world, from The San Diego Zoo in Southern California and Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida, to private residencies in Morocco and Saudi Arabia. His movement to reinvent America's lawn culture has grabbed headlines in major media sources such as The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Architectural Digest, The Los Angeles Times, and Sunset Magazine.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Mediterranean Meadow

In a nod to Sonoma’s prairie roots, John Greenlee’s Late Show meadow-garden is composed of grasses and sedges. John selected plants that vary in color and texture, and catch the light as they sway in the breeze. Such is the magic of grasses. These plants are adapted to the heavy soils, hot summers, and windy conditions that are climate “givens” at the Cornerstone site. Besides these tough climate “givens,” another challenge presented by the site is that this garden is situated on a septic mound. The grasses in his meadow not only tolerate these conditions, but thrive in them, and clean the soil below. John’s design concept for this meadow is based on the idea that if you put the right plants in the right place, the plants will do the work. Environmental artists Stephen Glassman and Simple have created work that speaks to the beauty of meadow landscapes. Their work will be installed in John Greenlee’s meadow for the duration of The Late Show to highlight the romantic features of the meadow.

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Peter Hanson’s interest in sculpture began during college while working as an assistant to a sculptor. After graduating from UCSC in 1988 with a B.A. in History, his work as an assistant took him to Carrara, Italy to work on a large granite commission. Soon after returning to the U.S. he started his own business in sculpture and design which has continued to the present. Peter’s fascination with form and beauty has led him on a journey from carving stone into sculptures, fountains and furniture, to designing the spaces they inhabit. This evolved into an awareness of the potential for a garden space to be experienced as a sculpture “in itself,” not merely as a visual object, but as a space to live in and move through. Garden elements such as plants, walls, paths, etc., can transcend their functional roles to become sculptural forms that participate in the overarching sculptural gestures of the space. In this way garden design is elevated to the level of “art” while remaining grounded in the needs and aspirations of outdoor living.


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Delmar (Del) McComb's horticultural career began at the young age of eleven when he developed his neighborhood gardening business and started practicing the art of Bonsai. With an ever-growing passion for plants, he earned a degree in Horticulture in 1988 at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and began the professional portion of his career. After being head horticulturist at Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar, he moved to the Bay Area to begin a long stint of working at some of the largest private gardens in California. A private Peninsula garden under Delmar's direction and care has become one of the most diverse and integrated gardens on the West Coast, featuring garden areas ranging from traditional perennial borders to permacultural food forest to tropical conservatories. Concurrent to his estate garden work, he owned and operated Checkerspot Nursery, a wholesale grower specializing in new and cutting edge varieties of plants for designers and retail nurseries. As both a certified Permaculture designer and a practicing Biodynamic farmer, Delmar views gardens as an alchemical partnership between nature and the gardener. Metamorphic themes inform his work as he studies natural forms and ecosystems seeking inspiration for his designs. A vibrant, self-contained, living organism of beauty is his ultimate goal for each client. Also an accomplished operatic tenor, Delmar invites the passion and perfection of the genre to infuse his garden creations with theatrical verve.

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Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Transcendence

Polarities play a prominent role in the human condition. East and west, materialism and mysticism, knowledge and belief are but a few that humankind experiences. In this designed space, we seek to explore the transcendence of opposites. By unifying the varying concepts of what a garden can be, this space is transformed into a sculpted yet organic place of tranquility using local materials and climate appropriate plantings. At once classic and modern, detailed and simple, abundant and sustainable it fuses these seemingly disparate elements into a synergistic whole.

Hugh Livingston is a cellist and composer of unusual operas and public sound installations. Hugh has graduate degrees in contemporary music from the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California San Diego. Hugh graduated cum laude in music from Yale, and was the recipient of the Yale Bach Society Prize for excellence in musicianship and contribution to musical life. His special areas of interest are spatialization, the nature-music continuum, improvisation, electroacoustic music, and Asian fusion, particularly Japanese and Chinese. His solo CDs of music written for him include Strings & Machines and Process & Passion. Hugh composes situational music, responses to spaces, artists, architecture and design, history and people. He has catalogued 120 different pizzicato techniques for the cello and conducted extensive research in China. His sound installation, LISTEN EDGEMAR, in a Frank Gehry-designed building in Santa Monica, opened in 2004 and runs indefinitely. Hugh has created a permanent outdoor gallery for sound art in Mill Valley, CA, and develops sonic compositions to combat traffic noise in the urban garden environment.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Garden Party

Composer and garden soundscape designer Hugh Livingston presents "Garden Party", with sculptor Philip Livingston. Life-sized figures imitate the experience of a garden gala, with a flow of conversational and musical snippets. Visitors are invited to participate, becoming extra characters at the party. Parasols will be lent out for acoustical effect and to enhance the atmosphere. Talking tomato cages are added to the mix, mimicking giant flower buds, each presenting an aspect of sound, instead of aroma, when closely inspected.


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Beth Mullins of Growsgreen Landscape Design specializes in residential garden designs with what she calls a 'modern organic' ambiance; clean-lined hardscaping combined with a mixture of soft and structural plantings for movement and flow. She loves helping clients create a respite in their own garden. Using alternative materials and textural plant combinations, Beth places unique vignettes at every turn. She relishes designing hardscape that enhances existing structures and maintains the unique character of every space. Often, her scientific background influences her designs.
She has won awards from CLCA in 2008 First Place Large Residential, Second Place Design Build and in 2007 First Place Small Residential and First Place Medium Residential and from the 2005 and 2006 SF Flower and Garden Show: Gold Medal Garden Creators Award, Pacific Horticulture Award, Garden Creators Choice Award.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Over Growth

Upsetting balance can create catastrophic and advantageous outcomes. ‘Over Growth’ conceptually juxtaposes the gritty combination of optimism and doom that characterizes the mood of the early 21st century. It comments on the menace and the promise of progress and the opportunities and perils of upsetting established order and systems. The metaphor underlying this garden is the cycle of ‘boom and bust’ of humanity and the planet. Unrestrained growth of human populations, economies, and technologies is contrasted with the growth of a post-industrial landscape. ‘Over Growth’ aspires to induce reflection and generate action.

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Dr. Hala F. Nassar, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Clemson University, holds a BSArch, MSArch, and Ph.D. in History of Landscape Architecture from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and Master of Agricultural sciences in Landscape Design from Pennsylvania State University. She is a founding principal and CEO of HewittNassar Studio. Dr. Nassar served as a faculty member at Ain Shams University while practicing at COPA and ESEI in Cairo before arriving in the United States in 1996. Originally from Egypt, Dr. Nassar brings her broad international understanding of design and culture into her practice, research and teaching. Her research and practice interests include historical and cultural landscapes, Islamic landscape tradition, international education, multiculturalism and the effects of globalization on landscape change. Her scholarly work is published in Landscape Journal, Landscape Review, Urban Design International and Critiques of Built work. Dr. Nassar teaches various courses of history of landscape architecture and various design studios including an annual urban design studio in collaboration with Ain Shams University in Cairo which focuses on the design and development of the historic fabric and sites of antiquities in Egypt such as Luxor, Giza, Cairo and Rossetta. She is the recipient of numerous awards for practice and research.


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Robert Hewitt, ASLA/APA is a landscape architect and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at Clemson University. He is a founding principal and CEO of HewittNassar Studio, and currently the lead landscape architecture faculty for Clemson’s proposed Center for Health and the Environment that includes a comprehensive professional graduate program in health care design. His research and professional work include sustainable design and planning from site to urban scale, design and health, historic cultural landscapes, green infrastructure, and international education in landscape architecture. Professor Hewitt’s professional experience includes work with Peter Walker and Partners on a range of international and national projects, collaborative public art projects, and contemporary work in the United States, Egypt and China. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work and is a recent finalist for the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture.


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Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Climate Change Garden

Global climate change implies fundamental changes to our society, economy and ecosystems. With such fundamental change nature must surely be re-visioned in its most symbolic form - the garden. The “Climate Change Garden,” expresses, through design, the impending changes we face concerning meaning and nature, resource scarcity, and greater global cultural awareness. Images of nature from around the world gain greater significance, once plentiful resources become especially precious, and plants shift in form and function like the shifting boundaries of our ecotones.

In response to continual change, ancient cultural forms and new symbols of beauty transform the garden’s walls into sails. A constellation of fabric, art and plants draw attention to other meanings and places. The mantis represents a symbol of beauty, beneficence and the unpredictability of nature. Reusable, recyclable, and renewable materials offer climate sensitive design in a rapidly changing environment.

Mike Lucas holds a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona and is a licensed Landscape Architect in the state of California. Mike has been collaborating on garden projects with Gary Ratway for four years and is Principal of the Landscape Architecture firm, Lucas & Lucas, based in Healdsburg, California. Mike's primary interest is the creation of exterior space, whether in traditional or contemporary forms. Please visit our website for a more in depth look at our work:



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Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: Renewal

The entry installation emphasizes regeneration and the wonder of gardens, nature and humans. The experience is comprised of rusted steel containers fashioned from propane tank end cuts arranged in a grid pattern housing spheres of drought hardy plants. Massive crushed gasoline tanks, rusted and contorted, boast soothing masses of grasses which bio-remediate contaminated soils. This fusion of high design and principals of sustainability sets the stage for The Late Show gardens; please step through the reclaimed gates now...

Simple is a self-trained horticultural artist.  He learned through apprenticeships with expert practitioners of propagating techniques and planting maintenance, including the pruning and training of a broad variety of woody and herbaceous plants.

Simple designed and built his first garden and solar home during the 1980’s and 90’s, and earned the Longwood Gardens’ Certificate of Ornamental Horticulture in 1990.  From 1975-1993, he developed Simple’s Nursery of Specialty Plants, Topiaries, and Espaliers in Honey Brook, Pa.

Simple now works out of his studio and workshop, a converted gas station/ country store located on Rt. 724 just east of Birdsboro, PA.  While keeping his own coterie of clients, he also collaborates with other nursery and garden design companies as well as ‘traveling on the road’ for many special commissions.


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Nicholas Forbes Thayer has been designing beautiful landscapes with personality for over twenty years.  An early appreciation of the nature world lead first to a job at an exceptional retail nursery, and then on to horticultural studies with Dr. Rich Merrill and design studies with the famed garden designer, John Brookes.

As design principal of Late Afternoon Garden Design, Nicholas' work is centered around creating a sense of place and furthering a connection to the landscape.  By interweaving an artistic sensibility and a discerning eye Nick looks to create gardens that are truly at home in their environment, with a "think globally, design locally" approach. Simple clean lines, softened and blurred with generous layers of planting are hallmarks of Mr. Thayer's designs. 

Most recently and along with numerous private commissions, Mr. Thayer has been working on several projects for the noted architect Michelle Kaufmann, and on a Pomo native plants garden for the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah.  A native of Santa Cruz, California he now resides in Mendocino County.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: The Oak and The Olive – Conversation Between California and the Mediterranean on Sustainability

Late Afternoon Garden Design presents the theme of a deeper understanding of the importance of historical Mediterranean sustainability in our California context.  Dry farming, repurposed materials and an appreciation for the native flora are illustrated in this display garden.

California is represented by the Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia, within a planting of natives, a woven willow screen and locally sourced stone.  The Mediterranean is represented by the Olive, Olea europea, in reclaimed “terracotta” tree boxes, and by recycled wine making materials.  The terrace space, incorporating furnishings from both regions, is arranged to further this conversation and exchange of ideas.

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Monica Viarengo was born in Genova, Italy where she obtained her degree in architecture. She continued her education in landscape architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen, Denmark), the Escola Tecnica Superior d’Architectura (Barcelona, Spain) and the Ecole National Superieur du Paysage  (Versailles, France) where she studied with Gilles Clement and Michel Corajoud. She has lived and worked in Paris.  In 2001, upon completion of her first garden Risseu for the Festival International de Jardins in Chaumont sur Loire in France, Monica opened her landscape office Paesaggi Nomadi. In 2006 she moved to San Francisco and worked on the design of Farina restaurant together with her husband Brett Terpeluk principal and founder of Studio Terpeluk.

Monica Viarengo Landscape Design practice approaches a variety of project scales from private gardens, estates, and temporary garden installations to master plans and land management plans, collaborating closely with architects, botanist, engineers, biologists and artists. 

Her international background and continuous contact with different types of landscapes has allowed a synthesis of many different horizons that are a never-ending source of inspiration and tool to understanding the natural world. For Monica, “creating landscapes and gardens presumes the ability to listen to nature, to the needs of the site, to the needs of the client, and to one’s self. All of these variables co-exist in a single framework. Creating landscapes and gardens signifies transforming reality by means of living material".

Monica Viarengo Landscape Design combines poetic and magic scenarios of elsewhere to a careful search and knowledge which respects and preserves the fragile dynamics of every project territory.

Monica is a licensed architect in Italy and is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish. She collaborates with the Italian magazines: Acer, Casabella, Giardini, Giardinaggio and Ville e Giardini.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: BLACK SOUL

Monica Viarengo’s garden Black Soul is a spiritual and moral call and the
materialization of the author’s reflections on climate change. In many cultures Black is the color associated with the absence of life. Black is the color of fossil fuels, black is the color of a burnt landscape but black is also symbol of nobility, ambiguity and secrecy; it is often described as “achromatic” as well as the sum of all the colors. The garden reveals itself within this dichotomy of meaning and symbolism. On a dramatic landscape life populates and flourishes; Prunus, Cotinus coggyria, Ophiopogon nigrescens, and Pennisetum rubrum inhabit the slopes giving hope to the visitors.
Black Soul is a path that invites reflection, that links us to our inner mirror and encourages us “to be the change we want to see in the world” Mahatma Ghandi

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Shirley Alexander Watts

Shirley Alexandra Watts is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Ancien Eleve de l’Ecole du Louvre in Paris and attended Tyler School of Art In Rome. She is principal of sawattsdesign, an award winning design build firm that works in gardens all over the Bay Area. With her background in fine arts and nearly twenty years of working in the field she has developed a personal design style using new and salvaged materials, plantsmanship and an ability to bring a surprising element of contemporary culture to a garden. Each project is an individual exploration of people, space and site. Her inspiration touches all elements of gardens from hardscape and layout, to custom furniture and lighting designs.

Her work has been featured in Garden Design magazine, Sunset, the SF Chronicle, New Garden Design by Zahid Sardar and Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways by Debra Prinzing. Several projects will appear in the upcoming New Low Maintenance Garden by Valerie Easton.


Garden concept for the Late Show Gardens: A Garden of Mouthings

In response to the impending threats to our bee populations, Shirley Watts' 'A Garden of Mouthings' seeks to inform, delight and inspire its viewers by celebrating not only honey bees, but also our often overlooked native bees. Working with bee expert Jaime Pawelek, architect Andrew Kudless and builder Ross Craig, Shirley is putting together a garden that combines a beautiful honeycomb structure, a sound piece based on a poem by Sylvia Plath and bee friendly plantings to inspire every home gardener. Experts will be on hand to offer advice on native bees and honey tastings.

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