Terraces with custom made table and amenities for winetasting
Textures and colors are speak vibrantly through each season
Plants that serve as insectary habitat were prioritized
From the middle looking down, mid-spring
From below, in mid-spring
Custom built sink and cabinetry on main terrace
A warm blend of flora in the fall
The lowest terrace is a moist meadow
The upper terrace in late spring
Allwest Construction building the landscape
The site before development
A garden at Hanna Boyes Center in Sonoma, CA, dedicated to the loving memory of Lynn Angstadt, a beloved mother, sister, spouse and mentor...."whose life was constantly challenged yet she found the strength to overcome adversities."
The plaque in the garden goes on to say, "Lynn loved gardens, she felt that just as plants grow and learn, acclimating to changing conditions, people too grow and learn, adapting to overcome adversity. Look inside, find your strength, and then 'just deal with it'."
The garden also honors the mission and promise of the school to empower troubled yet motivated young men to fulfill their maximum potential and become contributing members of society. An interconnected community of mentors, teachers and community members support the young men. The interconnection brings purpose and meaning to the young men's choices and paths.
The garden's textures and colors speak to Lynn's passion, and the structure of the garden speaks to the heart of the school's mission. The four doorways are oriented to the cardinal directions, the patio is a a dodecagon that has an external clockwise spin and an internal counterclockwise spin...representing a moment in time.
Memorial Garden ~ in progress ~
August of 2014, 1st summer season. Found Praying Mantis!!!
Small olive orchard with swathes of native grasses and wildflowers
Strong sense of appreciation for the native environment drove highly native palette
Installed 2013 with Allwest Construction
In the beautiful Sonoma Valley, a new roundabout. The center was embedded with 23 ton boulders reminiscent of rocky outcrops in the valley's hills, skirted with grasses and wildflowers. Architectual elements compliment those used in the rest of the intersection, honoring the entrance to a school for young men.
A conceptual illustration of the landscape in late spring
Steep slope between home and pool embedded with boulders from site, pathways, sculpture, and terraces.
Purpose was to create a colorfully saturated and sunny garden with seductive pathways that access the pool.
Installed with Allwest Construction in 2008.
Staircase from pool to house
3 years after installation
Stairs from pool to house
3 years after installation
perspective of south end of slope from pool
2008: 1 week after installation
Mira Landscape loves what planters do for outdoor living spaces, and is especially enthralled with repurposing found materials for use as planters and for planter arrangements.
A sunny outdoor living space at a vineyard residence, with a buzzing and vibrant vegetable garden, shed, greenhouse, cut flowers, fruit trees, and a suprise fire pit. A high degree of collaboration between designer, owner, and contractor, brought this garden to life.
BEFORE: Preparing for the firepit.
In with Paradise; out with Parking
An overexposed hillside property with extraneous concrete was treated to a makeover. The concrete was removed and replaced with beds build with stone from site.
AFTER: Looking at the unit from the driveway
AFTER: View of unit from uphill, immediately after landscaping.
BEFORE: Looking at the unit immediately after concrete removal, from below
BEFORE: Looking at the unit from uphill.
Orchard & Crop
Mira Landscape is rooted in agricultural experience and a love for growing and eating food. We are interested in practicing, perfecting and promoting agricultural traditions and innovations. We are passionate about non-toxic practices. We specialize in small orchards with myriads of varieties. We love to integrate agricultural patterns and edible plants into landscapes. This gallery houses photos of harvests from our landscapes, and some of the gardens in which we grow food.
Edible Rubus Berries
A handful of berries from the drought resistant evergreen groundcover.
Pink Fleshed Apples
Santa Rosa Plums
New Potato Harvest
Young pear tree
Small orchard made up of plum, pear, apricot, and pluot trees. Wildflower understory changes colors through the spring and summer season.
My flower arrangements are from the garden, using what the season has to offer.
Compositions depend wildly on what is available locally the days/day preceding the event.