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5 Great Plant and Pot combinations

Planting in pots is a great way to bring verticality, color and interest to paved areas. Pots can be strategically placed to define a space or add a pop of

Site Furnishings For Corporate Campuses

Site furnishings are an integral part of many landscape projects. Spaces for people should be interesting and comfortable. We consider site conditions, such as sun and heat, expected uses, security,

Trees for Small Areas

As development trends towards higher densities, landscape architects get creative with constricted outdoor spaces.Trees are a critical portion of the experience of an outdoor space. Building clearances, utilities and other

Top Grasses to use in the Bay Area

Grasses and grass-like plants are a great way to add texture and movement to your designs. The following selections provide variety in size and color. These grasses generally perform well

Playgrounds focusing on inclusive play

Last weekend, I took my sons to a local park with some friends. While we played ball in an open meadow, a little boy and his mother asked if they

L.A.R.E. – Tips for Taking the Landscape Architect Registration Examination

You got the degree. Now, it’s time to take the L.A.R.E. (Landscape Architect Registration Examination). Let us introduce you to some Gates and Associates’ exam candidates who’ve recently taken at

Tall Shrubs for Narrow Areas

Looking for plants that can fit in narrow areas, while still maintaining vertical interest? Choosing tall, narrow varieties can minimize the amount of pruning and maintenance needed. Try these columnar

How Has The Design “Landscape” Changed Over The Last Forty Years

In the 80’s, we designed hundreds of acres of mono-use business parks. Accessible only by car, the buildings were islands in a sea of parking. Now we are creating integrated

The California Landscape Architecture Dictionary

Each discipline has its own lingo, and landscape architecture is no exception. We decided to define a few of our favorite words and phrases to give you a leg up

Top 10 spooky plants that keep us up at night

It's that time of year when we're unnerved by things that go bump in the night. Our list of creepy plants will keep you looking over your shoulder every time