Designed by landscape architectural icon Thomas Church, the garden was about to turn 50 when we were called in. Church is considered a modern master, and we hoped to retain his original vision as much as possible. The long border was meant to reflect the plant ecology of California, from the Southern Desert to the North Coast. We replaced the rather generic plants that were the result of years of commercial landscape choices, and used plants that were endemic to the various California micro-climates. We set out to emphasize the generous sweeping curves that are so characteristic of Church’s modernist work by using large swathes of relatively simple plants. We hope that the end result is a honest tribute to the work of Church, infused with the modern plant pallet of today.