And we like to recognize our valued partnerships with these Bay Area landscape pros by shining a well-deserved spotlight on one of them here on our blog.
A unique and inspired landscape resourceThe Garden Route Company | TGRC was founded over 16 years ago by South African native, Richard Radford and San Franciscan, Sandy Ayers.
The organization’s name was inspired by a stretch of South African coast which extends from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation found there and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast.
This region has a Mediterranean climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters similar to our very own NorCal area of California. The Route, sandwiched between mountains and the Indian Ocean, is also home to nearly 300 species of birdlife ranging from forest to wetlands.
Integrated services from concept to installationAs licensed landscape architects, sophisticated design consultants, and experienced project managers, Richard and Sandy have rich skillsets with plenty of real-world expertise.
Their specialty is creating and constructing groundbreaking, out-of-the-ordinary, sustainable landscapes by providing full-service landscape design, build, and maintenance services.
They target primarily, high-end, Bay Area residential customers with an emphasis on designing and creating unique environments that integrate California native and drought-tolerant plants.
For individuals and organizations looking for a beautiful and sustainable landscape experience, their portfolio reflects the diversity and experienced perspective they bring to any landscape challenge.
This is exemplified by a recent award-winning project which they completed in Palo Alto.
The new home in this project was designed to make the most of the outdoors and integrated modern lines, contemporary features, and sustainable, organic accents. Landscape features by The Garden Route Company included:
- | All plantings irrigated by a greywater system
- | Pool heated by passive solar
- | Roof and landscape water runoff kept onsite through bio-retention fields
This inspiring installation integrated many of the design principles and plant specimens that TGRC focuses on. The plant material for this project was also provided by Pacific Nurseries.
A history of successful partnershipThe Garden Route Company has been a long time customer of Pacific Nurseries. They began working with us when the nursery was purchased by Don + Julie Baldocchi in 1997.
Since that time, principal Richard Radford has come to rely on Pacific Nurseries as his convenient, “go-to” place to hand-select specimens for his projects. It’s also where he can get inspiration on unique plants or sizes that he had not considered.
Thrive through the drought with CA nativesOne of the best strategies to consider in our NorCal environment with a sustained drought is to go native. Native plants are important because they’re water efficient and provide biological diversity for surrounding ecosystems.
From ground covers and grasses to flowering shrubs and trees, native plants provide the benefits of lower water needs, reduced maintenance requirements, improved soil health, and increased diversity that attracts birds and butterflies.
If you want to learn more about native plants, just contact the native plants, feel free to contact any of our experts at Pacific Nurseries. As both a grower and a plant broker, we’re ready to work with you to provide just the right native plants and trees that will make your project a water-wise success. It’s one of the many qualities that make us different from just an ordinary nursery.
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Are you ready to be in the spotlight?If you’re interested in being one of our featured landscape pros, contact us and we will consider including you in a future Landscape Pro Spotlight. Looking forward to hearing from you!
As President of Pacific Nurseries, Don Baldocchi gets satisfaction knowing the Bay Area is greener and more beautiful by helping landscape professionals succeed. Email Don or give him a call at 650.755.2330.