Garden & Landscapes

The call of the wild is impossible to resist in these patios, backyards, rooftops, and gardens that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

12 Terrifically Glamorous Camping Options
12 Terrifically Glamorous Camping Options
While we might prefer to avoid the awkward sounding neologism "glamping," there's no doubt that this modern trend of retiring to remote places while maintaining the trappings of...
 - a year ago
25 Blissful Backyards
25 Blissful Backyards
Warmer weather is on the horizon, which means barbecues and pool parties are too. What better way to welcome the spring and summer seasons than epic modern backyard design?
 - a year ago
Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.
 - 4 years ago
Pair Your Modern Home with a No-Fuss Garden
Pair Your Modern Home with a No-Fuss Garden
Architect Cory Buckner has become Los Angeles’ resident A. Quincy Jones expert. Here, she shares tips on how to complement iconic modern architecture with water-saving tricks.
 - 4 years ago
Master Stroke
Master Stroke
In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.
 - 8 years ago
A Lush Retreat With a Sheltered Rooftop Pool in Mexico City
A Lush Retreat With a Sheltered Rooftop Pool in Mexico City
A designer carves out a domestic oasis in Mexico City.
 - 3 years ago
An Atypical Tree House
An Atypical Tree House
When a 40-year-old pine tree fell over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles a few years back, its owner, an art lover and a philanthropist, let it lie.
 - 9 years ago
A Comfortable Patio with a Sharp Design
A Comfortable Patio with a Sharp Design
In coastal Norway, a guesthouse serves as a sculptural refuge.
 - 2 years ago
Stoked to Soak
Stoked to Soak
Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie relished the challenge of making a...
 - 9 years ago
This Endless Playscape Is Complete with a Bamboo Forest and Trampoline
This Endless Playscape Is Complete with a Bamboo Forest and Trampoline
A pleasure garden in northern California is rich in whimsical surprises.
 - 2 years ago
Yard Works
Yard Works
“Mother Nature is too powerful to try and mimic,” says Shane Coen, whose firm is known for its minimalist approach to the residential landscape.
 - 9 years ago
Backyard Marsh in San Francisco
Backyard Marsh in San Francisco
A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
 - 6 years ago
A Heavenly Backyard is Precise with Pebbles
A Heavenly Backyard is Precise with Pebbles
A San Francisco landscape designer finds a small-space solution that’s anything but narrow-minded.
 - 2 years ago
This Backyard Returns to the Wild
This Backyard Returns to the Wild
A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
 - 2 years ago
Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard—And The Planet
Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard—And The Planet
With her drought-tolerant landscapes and permeable hardscape designs, Cassy Aoyagi of FormLA Landscaping has proven her dedication to saving our most precious natural resource.
 - 4 years ago
How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
Landscape architect Brennan Cox, principal of San Francisco–based Groundworks, explores the best approaches to drought-tolerant landscaping practices that can be implemented...
 - 4 years ago
A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
In an unusual collaboration among birds, wind, and one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer has made a pair of unique outdoor living spaces—one...
 - 5 years ago
Landscape Design for All Climates
Landscape Design for All Climates
Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their regions.
 - 4 years ago
Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
 - 4 years ago
Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit
Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit
Hufft Projects carves out a sunken seating area in an outdoor scheme designed for entertaining.
 - 6 years ago
Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California
Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California
Landscape designer Bernard Trainor masterminds a seamless garden to surround a Silicon Valley Eichler.
 - 4 years ago
Performing a New Production on a Worn Stage
Performing a New Production on a Worn Stage
There is a tired adage in architecture that the form of a building must follow its function.
 - 2 years ago
A Rooftop Garden Completes This Urban Pastoral Home
A Rooftop Garden Completes This Urban Pastoral Home
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving, industrial neighborhood of Brooklyn.
 - 3 years ago
An Architect's Tips for Creating a Garden in the Heart of the City
An Architect's Tips for Creating a Garden in the Heart of the City
In our upcoming February 2016 issue, we visit the Gowanus, Brooklyn, home of architect Philippe Baumann and his family, which includes a rooftop garden.
 - 3 years ago
It Takes a Village
It Takes a Village
On Washington's lush Bainbridge Island, one community strives for quality of life as a sustainable initiative.
 - 2 years ago
Beauty and Brains: Building Sustainably With Redwood
Beauty and Brains: Building Sustainably With Redwood
The return of summer barbecues and back porch hangouts means that outdoor living spaces are again enjoying heavy foot traffic.
 - 2 years ago