Los Angeles County Drought Tolerant Handbook

Los Angeles County Drought Tolerant Handbook

Los Angeles County Drought Tolerant Handbook


Sample designs, plant lists and an extensive garden how-to section to help you create and maintain your Los Angeles garden.  This handbook follows  the Watershed Approach, with healthy living soil as the foundation for garden health.

I was the  G3 Team Leader and helped organize and write this handbook.

San Diego Sustainable Landscape Guidelines

Los Angeles County Drought Tolerant Handbook

Los Angeles County Drought Tolerant Handbook

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Compiled here are  landscape related guidelines from various San Diago are agencies. Designed for both DIY homeowners and Landscape Professionals, this covers everything from storm water capture to native plant patettes, fire-safe landscaping, urban biodiversity, and much more.

I was G3 Team Leader on this project, organizing and writing this handbook with multiple agencies and stakeholders.

Beverly Hills Garden Handbook

Los Angeles County Drought Tolerant Handbook

Beverly Hills Garden Handbook

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This Handbook features both garden elements (lawns, hedges, flower borders, etc.) and style guides (Woodland, Mediterranean, Modern and California) to help choose the perfect elements and plants to compliment your Tudor (or Mid-Century, or Tuscan) estate.

I was G3 Team Leader on this as well, and wrote the Style Guide Section to compliment the Beverly Hills architectural building codes.


How to Grow Healthy Houseplants

Beverly Hills Garden Handbook


I wrote the Houseplant Guide "Plant O Pedia" for this beautiful and inspirational coffee table design book.

How to Grow Healthy Houseplants

How to Grow Healthy Houseplants

How to Grow Healthy Houseplants


I wrote the houseplant care chapter for this handy guide to the simple good life.

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"Cultivating the Senses" Whole Living Magazine, October 2010

The Healing Garden Stephanie created for her parents is profiled in this article, written by Susan Heeger for this Martha Stewart magazine.

"GoodBye, Gray Slabs" Los Angeles Times, 10-24-2019

"Stephanie turned the unused space into our outdoor living room... It's a favorite place to sit with our newborn son, listen to the fountain and watch the trees move in the wind. It calms him down every night before bedtime.”  Written by Debra Prinzing

“Fireplaces Step Out for Air ” New York Times, 2-29-2009

"Stephanie Bartron created a casual, clean-lined firepit intended to connect with the interior... Now, when Mr. Grunbaum invites friends and neighbors over for cocktails or dinner parties, guests inevitably end up around the fire pit... Grunbaum says 'It's really the draw that keeps you outdoors.'" Written  by Kimberly Stevens

“Goodbye, Hole in the Ground" Los Angeles Times, 8-16-2007

A Silver Lake couple reclaim their backyard by filling in the pool and adding subtropical landscaping.

 ‘It’s more pleasing and interesting to us than looking at water,’ Gayle Lund says.”It  took up most of the yard.  Now the area’s been transformed into a lush garden – call it California eclectic – where Jeff Lund, above, might loll in a hammock.” Written by Bettijane Levine

“Material Girl” Domino Magazine, March 2006

“Indoor-Outdoor Harmony; ‘I wanted to be able to move through the house and grounds the way you do at a nightclub, a day-care center or even an aquarium – in open loops that allow you to circulate without retracing your steps,’ Bestor says. One of Bestor’s biggest joys is the courtyard, with its central fishpond. ‘It’s like a really big doormat,’ she says. 'The fire pit echoes the shape of the fishpond – although the rim is lower, so you can rest your feet on it while sitting in one of the IKEA chairs.” The patio’s unruly plants, the work of landscape designer Stephanie Bartron, contrast with the spareness of the dining room. 

Written by Zoe Wolf

"Male Call" Budget Living Magazine, Aug/Sept 2005

“An airy master bedroom opens onto a Turfstone-and-grass checkerboard garden that Moran created with the help of landscape designer Stephanie Bartron.  The idea was to maximize the minimal space.  ‘The Turfstone gave me a driveway surface,’ he explains. ‘But I still needed to get some grass in there for the dogs.’ “ Written by Audrey Davidow