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Hungry for Plants at Flora Grubb Gardens, San Francisco


 The often Instagrammed chair wall at Flora Grubb.

Jonathan & I popped into Flora Grubb Gardens last week when we were in San Francisco. If you are into plants/gardens this is a place of lust & pilgrimage. I’ve been wanting to go there forever. It’s in a light industrial section in Bay View, which is east of the Mission district. They have a beautifully curated nursery and all the coolest outdoor accessories: pots, chairs, arbors, green walls, heated outdoor couches, fire pits, etc. It’s like Epcot and Sunset Magazine had a baby.


I loved the unapologetic shaggy-ness of this Woolly Pocket green wall. Many of you know that I use to be the in-house designer for Woolly Pocket, so I have designed my fair share of green walls. I didn’t do this one, but I really liked the palette. They did a great job of hiding the pockets, so you don’t see the structure.

Pro tip: You can recreate this look with bromeliads, phormium, pothos, philodendrons, grasses and fish hook senecio. This sized wall can be made with (2) 4 – packs of pockets, I recommend using the Chocolate colored pockets since they disappear best and looks like soil.



We have one of these aloe trees in my side yard. Ours is only about 4′ tall so far. This one was more like 8-9′ so it was like looking in to the future.


Flora Grubb really gets color.  They stock all their outdoor accessories in a rainbow of colors.


Love these stunning burnt orange pots.P1030921A giant Furcraea macdouglii – I was excited to see this big guy. We have one growing in our front yard in Echo Park. It’s still pretty small but it will eventually turn into a tree like this. Hopefully it takes 50 years to get this big.


Japanese maple saplings and a baby sago palm.

P1030948They had lots of experiments with succulents on display. I like this large green wall made up of a mosaic of tiny cuttings. I can imagine something like it hanging on the side of  our shed. They also had hearts and wreath sized alphabet letters that you can plant with succulents that looked like great gifts for Mother’s Day.


April 13, 2015
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BREAKurban Case Study: Front Yard Patio in Echo Park


BREAKurban just finished the design of a patio garden in Echo Park. The client wanted a space to relax and entertain that was low maintenance. The property in a on a corner and the whole front yard is fenced in. There is no back yard, so the front yard needs to do double duty.


The paving is poured in place concrete with Del Rio gravel (paw and foot friendly) in the gaps.


A large aloe tree makes a statement at the corner of the bed. Protea, agaves, aloes, senecio, eurphorbia, aeonium. etc. fill the beds.

The plants are small now but will fill in to make a dense textured planting.


Purple lantana will fill in as a ground cover under the tree. Party lights will allow the space to be used at night.


The plan is to have more furniture on the patio. There is room for a big section couch and an outdoor coffee table.


And existing Papaya tree on drip irrigation.


The recycled brick path leads to the outdoor kitchen area and a place where there will eventually be an outdoor dining table.P1030627

Podocarpus hedges screen the driveway and the neighbors yards at both ends of the yard.

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Sweet dreams!


February 23, 2015
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Photos from my Visit to Roberto Burle Marx’s Estate in Brazil



Back in fall 2009 Jonathan and I went to South America for a month. While we were in Brazil we went to visit the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx about an hour outside of Rio de Janeiro. Roberto Burle Marx is one of the greats of landscape architecture, known for creating bold, colorful landscapes using the native plants of South America. He is one of my favorite designers and I always find inspiration looking at his work. The large estate served as his home, studio, test garden and plant nursery. The tours of the estate were only in Portuguese so we couldn’t really understand anything they said, but the place really speaks for itself. Here are a few of the 500+ photos I took:


















If you’re ever in Rio, go visit!



November 11, 2013 0
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Week in Photos: a garden under construction

Here are a few Instagrams of one of my new residential landscapes under construction in Silver Lake. It should be finished in the next week or so. The garden is a medley of mostly “sweet” looking succulents, with a lot of texture (Agaves, senecios, aeoniums, euphrobia, proteas, sedums, etc.) Conceptually we were trying to create a succulent “English Garden” on set of terraces.

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April 25, 2013 0
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CIA Alumni Video | Patty Hume

Cleveland Institute of Art: Alumni Profile – Patty Hume from Cleveland Institute of Art on Vimeo.

Caught on tape! Ok, so my art school alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), included me as part of their ongoing Alumni Profiles video project.

Back in 2010 I had a studio visit from some CIA people at my studio in Los Angeles. They interviewed me about what I have doing since I graduated and took a peek at the work I was doing in my studio. The footage is a bit dated now (pre-renovation) but the film was just recently edited and released. I really like that it touches on the connection between my fine art and large scale landscape projects.


December 19, 2012 0
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