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04-Reimagining Colonial-Revival


Saturday | April 13 | 10 AM–5 PM

Private Residence
Design: Studio Petrichor
Care: Saturate CA
Garden Size: 7,000 sq. ft., front/back
Started: 2018

About the Garden

This charming home was built in 1938 in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Hollywood, California. Our clients reached out to us through the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants with the goal of creating native habitat for birds and other pollinators.

Through precedent research, analysis of the property, and our conceptual design process, we developed a historically-appropriate layout for the garden spaces. Colonial Revival gardens were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America and reflect British and Dutch inspiration. The garden includes many classical elements such as axial paths, cruciform features, an allée of trees, an informal kitchen garden, and beautifully-laid brick walkways.

Though the garden has been organized in a formal manner, there’s a wild edge to it. Ninety percent of the plant palette is California natives, representing our pride in our home state, honoring biodiversity, and showing a strong respect for our most precious resource: water. Rain gardens, hugelkultur berms, repurposed materials for construction, native plants organized in communities and multiple spaces created for multiple experiences in the garden are what make this space so special.

Notable Plants

Pink Flowering Sumac

Pink Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum ‘Claremont’)
Creeping Snowberry (Symphoricarpos mollis)
Scarlet Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
Pink Flowering Sumac (Rhus lentii)
Creeping Barberry (Berberis repens)