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2008 Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards Year

When June 2008 winners

Sally and Barry Cunningham of 381 Sylvan Drive, Goleta, first thought of a yard remodel the motivation was to tear out the juniper hedge and open up the parkway. More ideas ensued: a new walkway, entryway, low maintenance plants where a thirsty lawn had been, and a dry river bed. With their input, Michael Snyder and Californica Landscapes did the entire job from hardscape to plantings. Favorites of theCunninghams are the Senna ‘Ray’s Splendor’ tree, the many grasses (Pennisetums, Festucas,Seslaria) the yellow Achillea ‘Moonshine’, Phormium‘Terracotta’, Loropetalum ‘Razzleberry’, the, creek, boulders, andbrick walkway.

August 2008 winners,

Walter and Nancy Orso of 6282 Covington Way, Goleta, took a landscape class from Billy Goodnick at SBCC Adult Ed., and ended up hiring him to do a design layout. Once a theme of pink and purple with silver highlights was settled upon, along with sustainable concepts, subcontractors were brought in. Systems Paving installed the beautiful driveway/walkway, Raul Ortiz of Bella Vista Landscapes did the plantings and Dan Lovelace was General Contractor. The annual display of Snow in Summer is a show-stopper, and the flowering Catmint, Breath of heaven (Coleonema) and two Cercis Canadensis (Eastern Redbud) are some of the complementary plants. A side vegetable garden, flowering arbor, and pot-as-art add a surprise element and delight to the senses.

Charles and Carla McClure are the October 2008 winners

at 5454 Berkeley Road in Goleta.. Since simplicity, beauty and economy of space are main elements of Charles McClure’s style as a landscape architect he decided to showcase his personal preferences by creating his own landscape. This entailed designing a plant palette of just 2-5 plants that are repeated, and experimenting with materials such as tumbled glass, which he mixed himself. Creating movement in panels that replace lawn and sets off the gravel was a challenge but not the drought tolerant plants. Echeveria, Miscanthus, Muhlenbergia, Helictotrichon and Phormium undulate across the dark concrete path for a striking and modern palette-by-owner. See more in the December 2008 issue of Sunset.