Monday, May 24, 2010

Descanso Gardens

With the summer season quickly approaching, it's time to start thinking about outdoor living spaces and gardens.  If you happen to be in the Southern California area, one place to check out for some great ideas and inspiration is the Descanso Gardens.  Of course, it's hard to compete with 150 acres of land; nonetheless there are pockets of small garden settings that would be fitting for a more modest-sized home.

Here are some ideas we liked:

Stuccoed Column Entrance with Exposed Brick and rough-hewn lumber on top for the trellis.  This would look great as an entrance into a garden.

Simple wood garden bench with canopy. 

Railroad ties as a garden bed border.

Another idea for a garden bed border - rough sticks tied together.

Cemented river rock for a patio. 

Iconic red Japanese bridge.  Perfect for Japanese-themed garden settings.

Also, the original mansion that the founder of Descanso Gardens built back in the 1930s showcases fine regency-styled architecture.  Here are a few pictures of the front and side of the mansion.  Just love the elaborate fretwork framing the side entrance and the arbor!

Good Home Construction, CA Lic. #852240 333 El Camino Real, #101, Tustin, CA 92780 714-743-5053

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