Magazine article Sunset

Divide and Conquer

Magazine article Sunset

Divide and Conquer

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One garden, four outdoor rooms-this small East Bay backyard has it all

AFTER GOPHERS destroyed their backyard, Evelyn Huang and Jack Mangan of Pleasant Hill, California, set out to redo the scruffy plot. Topping their wish list: areas for dining, relaxing, and growing edibles, and all using easy-care, low-water plants. Landscape architect Joseph Huettl gave them that and more, turning the small yard into the ultimate outdoor living space. Now the two spend much of theirtime here. And for some mysterious reason, says Evelyn, "The gophers haven't come back!"

DESIGN Huettl Landscape Architecture, Walnut Creek, CA (


1| Dining

A steel-and-redwood arbor shades the dining patio. Just beyond this main gathering spot, the square pavers create another patio (see page 46) where guests can gather.

2| Sunning

Square bluestone payers define this patio and bLend with the ones that cross a pool See-througtl screening of feather reed grass softens. the low wall.

3| Reading

Sitting in this serene corner (see page 46)-bordered by old redwoods and low-growing grasses and ferns-feels like being in the forest. …

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