Patricia A. Benner LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Patricia A. Benner LANDSCAPE DESIGN
135 N. Orange Drive
220 Calle Del Mar
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Stinson Beach, CA 94870
Landscape design is a living art form which continues to grow, develop and evolve in harmony with its environs and the passage of time.Â With its ever changing scale, texture and color palette, a landscape must be molded with care, artistry and a deep understanding of how materials, trees and plantings relate to one another over time, to ensure a beauty that is enduring and everlasting.Â
â€œThe only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination.â€? - Thomas Church
â€œThe great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden look natural, but to make the garden so that the people will feel natural.â€? - Lawrence Halprin
Patricia Benner Landscape Design is redefining drought-
to best suit the home and the way our clients use the outdoors.
tolerant gardens. These landscapes need not be limited to grasses Our drought-tolerant landscapes are lush, colorful and varied and succulents. Our extensive knowledge of drought-tolerant plantings allows us to design these gardens in a variety of styles
while rejecting Californiaâ€™s water challenges.
How We Work SITE EXPLORATION
First we study the site to understand our canvas and the assets
We start the design process at a conceptual level with a
and challenges of the property. We consider the architectural
Schematic Design. As we hone the landscape plan, we
style and vernacular of the home as well as the values, goals
meet with the Client to discuss aesthetic, technical and
and passions of the client with respect to their home and
programmatic issues and to articulate design requirements.
garden. We strive to understand how the outdoor spaces
We discuss the Client’s program, schedule, project budget
might be used, considering the best places to gather, cook, eat
and alternative approaches to the landscape design and
construction of the project.
Upon the Client’s approval of the design concept, we proceed
Our Project Managers guide the entire project from design to
to develop construction drawings for the scope of work
drawings through installation. When the construction package
proposed. Our plans are meticulous, detailing all aspects
is issued for bids, we answer contractors’ questions regarding
of the built elements such as hardscape, garden structures,
the plans and review bids to aid in the selection of contractors
pools and fountains as well as planting, landscape lighting
for the landscape work. During construction, we assist the
and irrigation layouts and specifications. In developing the
client in ensuring contractor compliance with the design
construction package, we collaborate with the project architect
drawings, assist with project coordination and scheduling,
and consultants such as structural, civil and mechanical
address any problems that emerge during construction and
engineers as needed. As the design process evolves, sketches
strive to ensure a smooth construction process.
are fleshed out into full color renderings to help our clients visualize their landscape.
â€œThere is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.â€? - Gertrude Jekyll
Collaboration is essential when working with a design team.
to ensure that the timing of the project is adhered to the benefit
The landscaping is usually the final layer of a project so the
of all. We have had the good fortune to have worked with some
landscape designer must work seamlessly with the architects
of Californiaâ€™s finest designers and architects. Our process is
and designers throughout the design process to ensure that the
designed to be collaborative and our work only benefits from
design serves the client, the house and the overall aesthetic of
the project. During construction, we work with the contractor