Torrey Pines Landscape Company

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape Co. thoughts on Contrast in your Garden

Some of our staff attended a 'Sketching on Location' workshop held in Pasadena this month. One of the design concepts that was discussed was 'Contrast' which occurs when two related elements are different. The greater the difference the greater the contrast. Contrast adds variety to the total design and creates unity. It is what draws the viewer's eye into the sketch and helps to guide the viewer around the art piece.

This same principle applies to landscape design. Contrast in your garden will also add visual interest. Too much similarity in plant choice, and your garden design can become monotonous or bland. One way of creating contrast is by creating differences in the plant color selections.
Plants that are a deep shade of purple or wine will act as a counterpoint to shades of green in you garden.
Here are a few of the dark beauties that we use:

 Smoke Tree Cotinus coggygria

Cordyline 'Redstar'

Echevaria, "BlackPrince'

Aeonium atropurpureum 'Shwartz-kopt'

  BlackMondo Grass Ophiopogon 'Nigrescens'

Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape's Before and After Update

This La Jolla home owner was ready to make the move and get rid of the expansive lawn in their front yard. We were delighted to help because we specialize in creating lush landscapes that are water efficient. The final product speaks for itself.



Harry created an enchanting space with intertwining flagstone garden paths.  The Gaura lindeheimeri, which grows from a deep tap root making it drought tolerant, adds an air of whimsy. While the Anigozanthos or Kangaroo Paw gives the garden a real punch of color.  He also re-designed the entry, incorporating a brick walkway that looks as if it has always been there. Now, the homeowner has a true garden that invites her out to enjoy the flowers and the beauty year round while still conserving water.



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"All Gardening is landscape painting." -Alexander Pope

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Drought Tolerant Flower of the Month - Pincushion

The Protea, or Pincushion Flower, is a member of the Proteaceae family which is an ancient group of some 300 species of flowering plants from South Africa & Australia. The South African species consists of Protea, Leucadendron and Leucospermum.  There are some wonderful expamples of these at the Water Conservation Garden.  The Australian species includes Banksia. Ideally, they thrive in well-drained soil in full sun with good air circulation. Keeping your irrigation zones in mind, don't plant them with other garden flowers which need continuous damp soil. Because they evolved in such poor nutrient areas, they don't require fertilizer. In fact it's important to avoid fertilizers with phosphorous or ammonium nitrate. These exotic blooms last for quite a while in floral arrangements if you strip all leaves below the water level, add 1/4 teaspoon of bleach to the water every 5 days and keep them out of direct sunlight.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's Picks for Garden Tours this Weekend

Secret Garden Tour of Old La Jolla
Sponsor: La Jolla Historical Society
Saturday, May 14; 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 ($40 for LJHS members)

Stops on this popular tour are not revealed until tour day. Previous events have visited ocean-view estates and La Jolla Village cottages. Details on a package that includes transportation and lunch are on the LJHS web site.

Historic Garden Tour
Sponsor: San Diego Floral Association
Saturday, May 14; 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 ($25 day of)
A garden planned and planted by horticulturist Kate Sessions is among the gardens on this tour centered in Coronado. The bay-side city was the site of Sessions’ first nursery growing fields and there are many trees and other plants associated with her growing in their fullest and most beautiful forms throughout its neighborhoods.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's Picks for Garden Tours this Weekend

There are also 3 Garden tours happening this Saturday that are note worthy.

The Mission Hills Garden tour , now in its 13th year, will feature a dozen gardens with musicians & artists at a few of the tour stops. info

The American Association of University Women's Del Mar-Leucadia branch is hosting 'Throug the Garden Gates' tour which showcases drought tolerant plantings on 4 North County Gardens. Ticket Sales benefit educatinal programs. info

'Rambling through the Ranch', sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, will not only have a trolley transport tour-goers to 5 RSF gardens, but will also have an open-air market at 17025 Avenida de Acacias.

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Torrey Pines Landscape Company's Pick for a Garden Party this Weekend

It's Mother's Day weekend. May 7th is also the first Saturday of May which means that the Marston House in Balboa Park is having its second annual 'May Day' celebration. Highlights of the day's activities include:

The unveiling, introduction, and sale of the
2015 San Diego Exposition Centennial Geranium, Balboa Park
As one of San Diego's greatest benefactors, George Marston is also called the Father of Balboa Park, so it's very fitting that the Geranium George Project (GGP) has created and named in his honor the "Balboa Park" to mark and celebrate the 2015 San Diego Exposition Centennial. Individual sales begin May 7 at the San Diego's Garden Party at the Marston House.

Since 2005 the GGP has introduced many varieties significantly have been "Geranium George" and "Kate Sessions" to honor these legendary and influential San Diego residents, and to create Heritage Plants for the San Diego community to enjoy.

Jim Zemcik, who is the hybridizer, noted that he chose to work with this particular plant because "The bright orange and red bloom with its elegant frill to its petals captures the Spanish Colonial City on the Hill to perfection."

The San Diego Floral Association
The Marston house and gardens has an almost one hundred year connection to the association. As one of their early members, George Marston was an advocate for horticultural needs of the city, including Balboa Park.

As the oldest garden club in Southern California, founded in 1907, and the very first organization to occupy quarters in Balboa Park, it is also an integral part of San Diego's Garden Party - May Day at the Marston House. Activities will include making May baskets just in time for Mothers Day.

Plein-Air Art Show by San Diego Artists
San Diego has a long tradition of producing great plein-air painters; George Marston counted among his friends Charles Fries and Alfred Mitchell. They created murals for Marston's department store and for his home. Following in this tradition, some of San Diego's finest artists will exhibit and sell their works. A silent auction of paintings by these invited artists will augment this benefit.

Fashion Show
Another visual treat will be a high couture fashion show by Leonard Simpson of Fashion Forward™. The spring fashions will feature beautiful models strolling the grounds with designs by Alexander Lucque of Ecopaperdoll. Fashion Forward™, produced by Leonard G. Simpson is internationally known for their premier fashion shows and other high-profile entertainment projects. This year's show held on Mother's Day weekend is in memory of Mr. Simpson's late mother Gwendolyn Simpson.

Marston House Museum Tours
Free with general admission ticket. An abbreviated tour of one of San Diego's architectural treasures will give May Day visitors a peek into the home's many layers of history, arts and culture. Completed in 1905, the Arts & Crafts house was designed by Hebbard & Gill, San Diego's most illustrious architecture firm at the time.

Historic Garden Tours
The Marston House gardens represent the work of several renowned landscape designers and the Marstons, who were avid garden and open-space advocates. George and daughter Mary were thoroughly engaged in the designing, planning and implementation of the gardens.

Tea, lemonade and baked goods included with admission

Wine Garden - $10
Includes two glasses of wine in a keepsake Marston House wine glass (a $5 value) with cheese and fruit buffet co-sponsored by the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased onsite for $6 each.

For Ticket info:
Call SOHO (619) 297-9327 or (619) 297-7511

Buy In person at the Marston House Museum Shop, 3525 Seventh Avenue;
Day of the Event Tickets may be purchased beginning at 10am