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Living local, urban design, sustainability, landscape architecture, and places in the East Bay. Design that works where it is.

How to Reform your Killer Cat

Our cat wears a harness and a leash when he’s outside. Why? He’s a killer. I love gardening and Jan loves birds. As soon as we had our own yard, … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Living Local: Our Own Backyard

There’s no place more local than your own backyard. We’re outdoorsy gals and we spend a lot of time both working and relaxing in our yard. When we bought the house, … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

What if it really does rain?

I have a positive outlook this morning: I’m thinking about what’s going to happen to all that rain we’re going to get this winter in California. Let’s say we left land in its natural state: much … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Truly Local Cocktail

San Francisco was originally named for this plant, Yerba Buena. It means “good herb” in Spanish. The City’s name was changed to San Francisco in 1846. The botanical name for … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beach Strawberry

This California native plant, Fragaria chiloiensis, grows quickly in our yard in Oakland. Sometimes it grows too well, spreading into areas intended for less rambunctious native plants. Still, it’s a great groundcover in … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment