• Buzz Feed: Thanks Backyard Boss!

    Happy to be included in this roundup covering garden retaining walls, lots of beautiful work ! Read the full article here.

  • Pete’s 2020 Garden Trends


    What TO DO:

    1) Think globally, act locally. This phrase has been used in many sectors, but it has never been more true than in the landscaping industry right now. From installing native plant material to utilizing locally produced composts and mulches, the impact is real.  The local supply chain is much shorter and the quality, in my opinion, better.  Don’t be afraid to order us a few yards delivered rather than filling up the SUV with a bunch of plastic bags

    2) Get to know your irrigation controller.  Yeah, I know, it’s like the basket of remote controls you have for your entertainment systems, but it’s actually a pretty simple task.  There is some terrific new technologies that will allow you to check your system from your phone and will notify you if you have a problem.

    3) Upgrade your lighting technology. So you’ve swapped out all the bulbs in your home to LEDs. It’s probably time to swap-out the bulbs in your landscape lighting with LEDs as well.

    4) Invest in planning your defensible space. Plants are fuel for fire. However, planning early in the landscape design process can result in a garden that is both beautiful and fire smart. Advance planning is key.

    5) Invite guests into the garden. When designing a garden try to make an effort to include plant material that fosters a suitable habitat for wildlife. Bring in the pollinators and the butterflies!

    What TO DITCH:

    1) Gas powered mower, blower, whacker

    2) All of those thirsty plants Mom loved, they just aren’t suitable for our Mediterranean climate in Northern California. Try to branch out and make some more appropriate new friends

    3) That wall that separates you from your garden. A garden is meant to be seen, think about some small home improvement projects to break down the barrier by adding windows and/or glass doors.

    4) Those pop-up spray heads that blow the water into the air and not onto the plants. Making the move to drip irrigation will take dollars off the water bill and get your plants the water they actually need, no more no less.

    5) Chemical Fertilizers.  Yes, it’s time to think about getting your garden off of drugs. Laying down a thick layer of home grown compost in the winter (ideally before the rains), will give your plants the nutrients they need to thrive in the spring and cost you next to nothing. Win win.

  • Buzz Feed: Garden Gate Round up

    Thanks Houzz.com for including Three Pedersen Associates projects for this “garden Gate roundup . PA gates @ 15, 60 and 68! Read the article here https://www.houzz.com/magazine/77-gorgeous-garden-gates-stsetivw-vs~52606590

  • Project News: Corte Madera Refresh

    Here are some pictures from a comprehensive landscape renovation we recently completed in Corte Madera. The work included a new steel trellis, built in patio BBQ, faux lawn installation, new pool surround, terracing and a bridge that spans over the drainage “creek” . The result is tidy and modern.

    And a special shout out to Floyd Construction https://floydconstructioninc.com/ , who was a great implementation partner!

  • Project News: Reedland Woods Refuge

    Pedersen Associates recently completed this small but game-changing project in the Reedland Woods neighborhood. The plan maximized the indoor/outdoor living by creating distinct outdoor rooms. The resulting space is both dynamic and inviting.

  • Plant Combinations: Succulents and Grasses

    There is something magical about the combination of succulents and ornamental grasses – one static, the other fluid makes their marriage one of opposites. Many grasses are drought tolerant which makes the two even better partners since they can be designed into the same hydrozone. Take a look at some of out favorites below, we like to mix the blue and green hues, but monochromatic gardens are trending right now and always an option (Images L to R : Pennisetum ‘bunny tails’, Anigozanthos, Aloe ‘blue elf’, Calamagrostis foliosa, Echeveria ‘after glow’, Senecio serpens, Cotyledon orbiculata)

  • Project News: The Pony Express

    There is a new sheriff in town! Pedersen Associates together with the Robert Hayes & Associates Architecture firm (Sausalito), are embarking on a brand new senior housing project. The property, named The Pony Express will have 60 units of subsidized senior housing for Veterans and will be located in Vacaville, CA. http://rwhassociates.com/http://

    The brand new building will boast a GreenPoint Rating and include: a community veggie garden, a dog park and the preservation of giant White Oak trees that currently dot the property. We are thrilled and honored to be a part of this collaboration. Stay tuned for pictures and updates.

  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates Wins Best of Houzz in Customer Service Category

    Thanks to Houzz.com for recognizing Pedersen Associates for the 5th time in the Customer Service category! 2018 was a tremendous year and we are grateful to have worked with some amazing clients, thanks for the glowing reviews!

  • Project News: Gabion Walls In!

    IMG_7181 0-1 0A gabion (from Italian gabbione meaning “big cage’) is a cage that is filled with rocks to create a freestanding wall. The applications are many; we love how this project incorporated the gambion retaining wall to complement the modern architecture of the house that sits above it. The wall sits freely on a layer of base rock and relies on gravity to remain stable – there is no rebar or concrete securing it to the ground.

  • Plant Spotlight: Teucrium fruticans

    Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 10.16.51 AMScreen Shot 2019-01-08 at 10.37.13 AMJanuary’s rain and temperatures make it tough to appreciate the outdoors. People are back to work, heads down, trying to stay dry and warm .  When the opportunity does arise and you find yourself outside in nature, keep an eye out for one of our favorite landscaping plants right now : Teucrium fruticans (Tree Germander).

    There is so much to love about this tough, drought tolerant plant. First, it is an early season bloomer (January) and continues to bloom into late fall. Second, once established it requires little water and is not finicky about soil so will do well virtually anywhere. Third, it has shimmery silver foliage making it a stunning accent year round, and the smattering of pale blue/lavender flowers attract loads of pollinators and garden beneficials. We like it dotted in a landscape with structural plants like Salvia ‘waverly’, Iceberg Roses, Viburnum, Loropetalum ’emerald snow’ .  Teucrium fruticans responds well to pruning but we prefer to keep it natural.

  • Project News: Tomahawk Vista

    This recently finished project is nestled high on the ridge between the Sorich Park and Brookside neighborhoods. The lions share of the work was developing the detailed plan for a new ipe deck/entertaining area –  complete with a custom arbor/shade element and a bar. Adjacent to the deck, PA also created a set of bluestone steps leading to a casual bluestone terrace with retaining walls (Montana veneer stone) framing  a custom “avocado” firepit. Once the hardscaping was complete, PA planted both the side yard and the front yard with low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants. We can’t wait to see this one next spring!

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  • Project News: Iconic Architecture Garden Rehab

    We love the amazing transformation at this iconic home in Ross, CA. The new look is fresh and modern making the space more inviting and enjoyable. PA replaced the dated brick patio and coping with Chilean limestone pavers and colored concrete coping. The addition of drought tolerant plantings (in new custom planters) , complete the California casual vibe.

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  • Project News: Classic Mill Valley Bungalow Gets a New Entry

    We love this sweet, revised entry for this beautiful Mill Valley bungalow right in the heart of downtown. The new entry included new stairs, stonework and custom ironwork. The updated result feels gracious and the clean lines showcase the stunning home above.

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  • Buzz Feed: Thanks Houzz.com for featuring a PA landscape

    Screen Shot 2018-08-21 at 10.05.10 AMHouzz.com recently posted a great article about how to keep your landscape fire-safe. Wildfires are becoming an increasingly concerning natural disaster, but there are things we can do in out landscapes to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe(r). Check out the full article here and thanks Houzz!


  • Sow’s Ear to Silk Purse in Strawberry

    We absolutely LOVE  the outcome of this housing remodel in Mill Valley!  The goal was not only to update the very tired exterior with a facelift but to also create  “garden apartments” by grabbing some additional space for private patios and decks.  The result is charming and sweet. Tenants say that The renovation has changed their interactions and has added to the community feel of the building. Take a look below.

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  • Buzz Feed: Thanks Houzz.com for including two PA gates in your roundup video

    Houzz.com TV video with 77 top picks for gates. Some beautiful work in here. Check out Pedersen Associates work at #15 and #60. Thanks Houzz! See the full video here!

  • Buzz Feed: Thanks BackyardBoss!

    Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 10.21.06 AMThanks to blogger BackyardBoss for including us in his roundup of beautiful fences! Read the full post here.



  • Landscaping Spotlight: Muhlenbergia Rigens and Echeveria imbricata

    Because  of the  Medditerranean climate in Northern California, finding interesting drought-tolerant plant combinations is key.  One in particular that we are loving right now involves two very different plant types: Muhlenbergia Rigens, a California native grass (common name Deer Grass) and Echeveria imbricata a succulent perennial (common name Hens and Chicks). We love the combination of the wispy, white plumes of the Muhly grass with the fleshy, rigid rosettes of the Echeveria. Echeveria come in a wide variety of colors, but our favorites with the grass are ‘Blue Rose’ and ‘Variegata’.

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  • Landscaping Spotlight: Lomandra

    Ornamental grasses have recently become very popular in Northern California due to their ability to (typically) withstand drought, poor soil and coastal air. At Pedersen Associates we have come to appreciate the Lomandra family (common name Mat Rush).  Although not technically grasses, they look and behave very similarly.  Lomandra is an Australian native but over the last two decades has been cultivated widely. We love them as mass plantings, in borders or in containers for color pop and movement. Lomandra can go years without having to be cut back and sometimes never require anything more than a trim, upping their overall low-maintenance attractiveness. Most varieties can tolerate part shade, which results in a deeper color green than those planted in full sun . A few of our recent favorites species (in order of appearance), are:

    Lomandra Lime Tuff, Lomandra longifolia Platinum Beauty and Lomandra longifolia Breeze.

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  • Outside the Garden: Pete Paints!

    As another way to get to know the architects in the firm we’ve started a column “Outside the Garden” , to highlight the interests and talents of our staff that stretch outside of their 9-5 skill set.  Take a peek and get a glimpse beyond the landscape…..

    Below are two large format oil paintings done by Pete. The first is inspired by his love of music, titled Robbie’s Jam (48″ x 72″). The second is a vista from The Haven in Western Marin (also a Pedersen Associates client),  titled Cerini Road (28″ x 44″).

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  • Buzz Feed: Gardenista.com Talks to Pete about Designing and Building Patios

    Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 9.51.44 AMOne of our Favorite Home and Garden blogs, Gardenista.com sat down with Pete to get the 411 on patio-building best practices. Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Houzz.com Includes a PA Project in Patio Roundup

    Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 9.44.13 AMThanks to the Houzz.com editorial staff for including us in your article about how to “fun up” patios. Read the full article here.






  • Buzz Feed: Hearth and Home Spotlights a Pedersen Associates Project

    Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 11.01.32 AMThanks to Hearth and Home for including PA in this roudup reviewing gorgeous outdoor spaces. Read the full article here.






  • Lanscaping Spotlight: Acacia cognata, “Cousin Itt”

    Every few years a new plant is introduced that is truly a gift from the gardening god, answering all of our prayers.  While the Acacia cognata has been around for a while, we finally wanted to take the time to highlight why we love this beautiful plant. The Acacia cognata is a low growing ( 2-3′ high x 6′ wide), mounding plant that has a frilly, fine leaf and vibrant lime green color to add contrast and punch to any garden . It can be used in mass planting schemes or alone,  in containers or set in the ground, and can work in a spectrum of garden styles ranging from modern to zen.  It’s (generally) ignored by deer, drought tolerant and does well in both sun and partially shaded landscapes – what’s not to love? Here are some shots of this versatile garden gem.

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  • Buzz Feed: Marin Magazine Spotlights a Pedersen Associates Project

    Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 10.48.56 AMThank You Marin Magazine for featuring our work on this stunning home in the Kentfield Hills. Read the full article here.






  • Buzz Feed: Virtual Tour with Marin Municipal Water District


    Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 10.33.23 AMWe were thrilled that this stunning San Rafael project was chosen by Marin Municipal Water District as a “Marin Friendly Garden” . This project used low water plants, permeable hardscaping materials and rainwater catchment systems; the result is both stunning and environmentally responsible.  See the interview with Pete and take the virtual tour here.

  • Project Spotlight : Ridgeline Contemporary

    We loved working on this absolutely stunning piece of property in Kent Woodlands. We will be adding it to the Pedersen Associates website soon once final shots are taken, but in the meantime take a look at some of the “in progress” pictures.

    The scope of the project was substantial. PA developed a master schematic that included a new entry, an outdoor kitchen, spa/deck, raised cor-ten steel planters, mature olive trees and a colorful succulent garden .

    Here are some preliminary shots.

    [UPDATE] Marin Magazine just featured this project in their April 2018 issue. Read the entire article here !!!

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  • Buzz Feed: Hearth & Home Spotlights TWO Pedersen Associates Projects

    PPA_Jesberg_Ries©2016_2196 Pedersen Associates is delighted to be featured in this months Hearth & Home “Outdoor Room” . We are honored to be included in this issue with some very talented architects and designers from all over the country.  Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Gardenista.com Sits Down with Pete to Talk Patios!

    shillingweb16Thanks to Gardenista.com for interviewing Pete for this great article on patios. There is excellent advice in here!

  • Buzz Feed: PA Project Included in Lighting Roundup

    iidlogo1xThanks to impressiveinteriordesign.com for including  Pedersen Associates in one of its latest articles about landscape lighting. The string lights we used for this Mill Valley project create the perfect mix of charm and warmth. To see more from this project click here .

  • Buzz Feed: Thanks for including us Houzz.com!

    PPA_Sac_Ries©2014_1108Thanks to Houzz.com and former Sunset Magazine Editor Lauren Dunec Hoang for including us in this charming editorial about how to add a romantic touch to your garden. We could not agree more! Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed : 2017 Marin Design Awards Announced

    marindesignawardslogoHonored to be included as a nominee for the 2017 Marin Design Awards. It should be a fun event with friends and colleagues. Join us on the evening on May 18th, more information and event tickets available here.

  • Buzz Feed: Projects Underway

    2017 has been busy! The rain tried its best to slow things down, but the teams at Pedersen Associates have been cranking away on some fun new projects. The two highlighted here could not be more different; one a modern waterfront in Belvedere and the other a traditional backyard in Petaluma.

    The owner of this gorgeous property in Bevedere wanted a new entry that would both provide privacy and big impact. we are excited about where this project is headed!

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    In sharp contrast to the modern Belvedere project is this West Petaluma charmer! The backyard entertaining area uses very traditional materials to keep with the house aesthetic and overall of feel of the site.

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  • Project in Progress: Garden Apartment Transformation

    We are so excited about this multi-unit housing project that we recently kicked off. It has been a while in the making,  so we were thrilled to finally break ground! The 10 unit building was in need of some serious help; together we partnered with JRP Architects and Vazari Structural Engineering to develop a beautiful master plan for this hillside residential property. The renovation will provide ground units with courtyard gardens, allowing for  some separation between the apartments and the street. The additional landscaping will serve as a nice buffer and increase privacy all while adding visual interest. The upper level units are now fronted with more contemporary hog wire guardrails to increase light and visibility. The result feels modern and fresh. Below are some recent snaps , as well as some “before” shots. Stay tuned for our final portfolio pictures on the website soon!

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  • Landscaping Spotlight: Ribes speciosum (fuchsia flowering gooseberry)

    Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 10.36.43 AMThere are many reasons to love this plant, key among them : it’s native to California, it’s drought tolerant, it attracts garden guests (hummingbirds!) and blooms from winter into early spring just when our Northern California  winter gardens could use a good shot of color. The Fuchsia flowering gooseberry is a shrub will loose its leaves during the hottest period of summer but the glossy, dark green leaves begin to reappear in early fall.  Fuchsia will tolerate clay soil, and thrives with very little water – perfect for Northern California.  The branches of this shrub are thorny so it is best set away from pathways and  play areas; we like to use it at the edge of a property as far off interest.



  • Project in Progress: Formal Style Craftsman

    Pedersen Associates is delighted to be working on this beautiful downtown Mill Valley home. The owners recently remodeled the formal craftsman house in a tasteful, period-appropriate manner and the result is gorgeous.  PA  was hired to extend that look out into the front yard entry.  The most legible architectural form is the roof line so PA used that to center the stair up to the front door. The stairs curl up from the street via a series of landings (4), softened by the mass plantings of drought tolerant species. The pillars and new stone walk will be cut from Connecticut bluestone w/precast caps. We can’t wait to circle back in a few months and include some portfolio shots on our website. Stay tuned.

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  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates Awarded Best of Houzz 2017!

    houzz2017Wow. Honored to receive Best of Houzz for the 4rth consecutive year, and our FIRST year to win in both categories: Design and Service. Lots of gratitude to our clients for the amazing reviews and to the Houzz.com community for  liking our portfolio photos. 2017 is looking good, come visit us on Houzz.com.



  • Project News: Belvedere Charmer

    We love the way this project in Belvedere turned out. The project scope included a new entry gate with trellis, a  rear dock extension, a bulkhead replacement, a faux turf play area and a custom fire element. Check out the pictures below to see how the schematic design came to life.


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  • Buzz Feed: Gardenia.net spotlights a Pedersen Associates project

    screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-11-03-17-amThanks to the folks over at Gardenia.net for taking notice of this project. We also loved the result of this impressive new entry. Read the full article here.

    To see additional pictures from this project, click here.

  • Landscaping Spotlight: Hardenbergia

    screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-27-35-am Hardenbergia, commonly known as wild lilac vine,  is a great choice when looking for an evergreen vine that blooms in winter and early spring. It has a thin, graceful leaf and the blooms resemble that of the sweet pea. It is most commonly seen as H. violacea “Happy Wanderer” which has rose to purple bloom but we also love the “Icicle” variety which has abundant white blooms. These plants are great on a fence or trellis and are vigorous and tough as long as they have well drained soil, they don’t do well in clay.


  • Buzz Feed: Gardenista includes Pedersen Associates in Architects’ Roundup: Garden Stairs

    screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-10-24-27-amWow. There are some gorgeous garden stairs in this editorial, happy to be included. Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Gardenista.com includes a Pedersen Associates project

    jesbergweb15Thanks Gardenista.com for including Pedersen Associates in a recent post about privacy screening solutions! To read the article click here .

  • Buzz Feed: Enticing Garden Paths

    WScreen Shot 2016-06-21 at 11.43.30 AMe agree with Houzz.com, never underestimate the role of a pathway in a garden. Thanks for including Pedersen Associates in your recent editorial. Read the article here.

  • Buzz Feed: HGTV Wooden Fence Roundup

    Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 11.50.42 AMThanks HGTV for choosing one of Pedersen Associates custom fence installations in their recent garden story.

  • Landscaping Spotlight: A Trio of Winners

    Every spring we fall in love with a few new plants. This spring is no different. So what are we loving this time around? Check out the roundup below – we think these are all winners.

    Mexican Weeping Bamboo (Otatea acuminata aztecorum). This is a clumping, fine leafed bamboo that filters light beautifully. Unlike many bamboo varieties it won’t run and become invasive. It bends with the wind adding movement to a garden but is still dense enough that it can help with privacy. The natural, arching growth habit adds grace to any garden.

    Princess Flower Shrub (Tibouchina heteromalla). We have been using this lesser-known Tibouchina variety quite a bit and love the unique spiked flower and the course leaf, especially when paired with some fine(r) leafed specimens. This shrub is evergreen and blooms most of the year. The Princess Flower responds well to pruning so it can be used to fit almost any garden schema.

    Elijah Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca). This clumping ornamental grass is your garden workhorse. Not finicky about soil, drought tolerant (once established), evergreen  – this grass brings new meaning to the term low-maintenance. The silvery blue color adds light to any garden and the oat colored plumes add texture and movement. Planted as a narrow border, en mass as a groundcover or dotted throughout, it has an application in almost any landscape design.


  • Project News: San Anselmo Charming

    We love this charming garden in San Anselmo, California. This garden uses traditional materials in a minimal and modern way to create a perfect blend between old and new. The client’s only request was that both the water feature and some of the property’s trees be part of the new design plan.  Pedersen Associates kept those elements and added the bluestone alfresco dining patio, the living room patio, the step path (which connects the house to a detached garage), the broad swath of stone stadium seating and a BBQ area cleanly nestled against the garage. The garden palette was kept primarily green and white to set up a neutral, evergreen backdrop. The client uses pots filled with annuals to layer in pops of seasonal color.

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  • Buzz Feed: Great Garden Paths

    Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 9.34.48 AMWe could not agree more Houzz.com, thanks for including us in your Garden Path article. When executed well, a garden path can be a key landscape element. Never overlook their design impact! Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Houzz.com features a PA project

    Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 10.25.29 AMThanks Houzz! Spring has arrived and it seems everyone has turned their attention outdoors. If you are looking for ways to refresh your outdoor space without breaking the bank, check out this article (hint: think lighting, architectural detail and a splash of color).


  • Project News: Pedersen Associates Collaborates with San Domenico School

    Pedersen Associates is delighted to be working with the San Domenico School in San Anselmo, CA as they transition from a female-only high school to a coed high school.  It has been a pleasure to collaborate on this milestone project. With spectacular existing bones and a stunning campus, the result will be magical. Below are some works in progress, stay tuned for final photos.

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  • Buzz Feed: Seeing Green

    Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.12.51 AMThe reservoirs are full, the trees are budding and Northern California is looking as green as ever. What better time to think about exterior paint – GREEN paint to be exact. Check out this re-post from Gardenista.com featuring a PA project in Marin.

  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates Wins Best of Houzz!

    Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 11.50.05 AMFor the fifth (!!) consecutive year Pedersen Associates has won Best of Houzz.com. This year we won in two categories, Design and Service. Thank you to all the Houzz.com customers for saving PA portfolio pictures to your ideabooks and thank you to all of our PA customers for the glowing reviews – you helped us win!

  • Architectural Roundup: Rain Chains

    Drought relief may finally be headed our way. El Nino- like storms have blanketed Northern California over the past 3 days and weather forecast shows them continuing right up until Christmas. Hooray! With rain on the brain, we thought a post about the under-utilized water feature, rain chains, would be timely.

    Rain chains are very commonly used in Asia, having originated in Japan hundreds of years ago. Called “kusari doi”, which literally means “rain gutter” , their purpose is to redirect rainwater from the roof to a specific location on the ground in an aesthetically pleasing way. Unfortunately, adoption in the US has been slow. We would love to see that change because rain chains can add an intriguing design element to almost any style house without breaking the bank. Beyond having design impact, they are good for the environment and can be incorporated into a larger rain harvesting scheme if introduced at the inception of a project. Rain chains  don’t have to be actual chain links, often they are styled cups that have either a geometric or floral theme. Below are some pictures of rain chains that we at Pedersen Associates think were executed with a particularly deft hand.

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  • Buzz Feed: Winter Blues

    Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 10.04.53 AMWe just unearthed this 2013 post from our friends at Decoist.com and thought it was very timely given the rain in Northern California. Not that we are complaining. We are very grateful for the much-needed rain, but if it’s beginning to get you down here are some ideas.

  • Buzz Feed: How to Achieve a Zen Garden

    Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 10.08.56 AMThanks Houzz! Read full feature here.

  • Buzz Feed: Gardenista.com Covers Bocce Courts in Landscape Design

    Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.00.02 AMThank you Gardenista.com for including Pedersen Associates in your piece about bocce courts, we too have noticed this fun and playful design trend! 


  • Buzz Feed: 18 Ways to Beautify your Garden with Rocks

    Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 10.31.05 AMWe could not agree more! Thank you to the Art Architecture and Design blog for including a Pedersen Associates project in your lovely article. The power of rock in a garden should not be underestimated.

  • Buzz Feed: Bringing Color into the Garden with Vines

    Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.43.30 AMThanks Houzz.com for featuring a PA project in this article. We also love the use of Boston Ivy in this project! 

  • Architectural Roundup: Outdoor Lighting

    The importance of great outdoor lighting can not be underestimated. Together with comfortable seating it can can elevate even the most humble of spaces. Here are some examples we love; let the light shine.


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  • Landscaping Spotlight: Lantana

    Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 9.38.36 AMWhat plant is drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, evergreen, fast-growing and blooms in multiple colors? The answer is lantana and we find ourselves coming back to this hardworking plant time and time again. Lantana thrives in our Mediterranean climate, the few frosts we have will merely slow growth, but not kill it.

    We use lantana to trail over walls, to establish ground cover on slopes (and prevent erosion) and to edge beds. L. montevidensis is the variety we use most often (versus L. camara). It grows to about 2 feet and will spread about 6ft. Some hybrid varieties we like are: “Cream Carpet” and “Spreading Sunshine”.  For a burst of multiple color, you could consider “Confetti” which mixes yellow, pink and purple blooms.

  • Project News: Schematics for Works in Progress

    Lots of excitement around the office. Here are some recently submitted schematics for PA projects. Final photos will be put on our website portfolio. Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 11.23.07 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 11.23.24 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 11.23.44 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 11.25.58 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 11.27.39 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 11.28.13 AM

  • Buzz Feed: Houzz.com awards Pedersen Associates with two new honors

    Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 10.04.39 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 10.04.50 AMThe Influencer badge is given to pros whose advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community, while  the Recommended badge goes only to the top-rated pros on Houzz. Thanks Houzz!

  • The Garden Gate: A Preface to the Story Your Garden Wants to Tell

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 9.08.00 AM Thanks Houzz.com editors, we love being included in your stories! Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Thanks Houzz.com for the editorial featuring PA projects!

    Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 10.13.35 AM Always a pleasure to be included. Read the article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Hearth & Home Magazine Interviews PA

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    Hearth & Home magazine recently published their 2015 Special Issue on Outdoor Rooms and interviewed Principal Pete Pedersen to get some  thoughts on what’s trending in outdoor spaces. The article also features a stunning, new PA project completed in Tiburon, California (pictured left). Read  the article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Marin Home Magazine Features a PA Outdoor Living Room

    Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 10.56.03 AMThanks for the mention Marin Home Magazine! This was a wonderful project in Mill Valley completed last spring. To read the full article click here.

  • Topic of Interest: Harvesting Rainwater


    With predictions for  a “Godzilla” el Nino on the horizon, the topic of harvesting rainwater in drought-scorched California becomes even more relevant.

    We all know that water is a precious resource. In Northern California, that’s especially true – as we face out worst drought period in history. Our Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters, leaves no room for water waste. Fortunately, Marin homeowners are becoming increasingly educated on ways they can help the cause and do their part. Most people turn off irrigation in the winter before the rains. They embrace the use of native and drought tolerant plants. Some even design their gardens around hydrozones. But only a few pioneers are harvesting rainwater. Read more…

  • Buzz Feed: Woohome.com Includes PA in Patio Review

    Thank you Woohome.com! WBarbaraRies©2010e appreciate the mention. Read the full article here.

  • Project News: Pedersen Associates to team up Miles Berger on Cliff Road project

    Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 10.13.40 AMProject approved! We are delighted to be working with the very talented lead architect Miles Berger , on a 4 story bay front project in Belvedere. The Planning Commission approved the project, 6-0, in a town meeting on June 16th. Stay tuned for Progress photos!



  • In Progress: Tiburon Renovation

    We are so pleased with the way this project is shaping up. The final result promises to be a stunner, check out that Bay view!! Stay tuned.

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  • Buzz Feed: A Pedersen Associates Custom Bamboo Fence Featured in Houzz.com

    PPA_Harrison_3121Houzz.com included a Pedersen Associates custom-designed fence in their latest roundup. The bamboo was locally sourced and the fence design was a combination of traditional Japanese weaving patterns. Thanks Houzz! Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed: It’s that time of year! Great ideas for outdoor entertaining.

    Houzz.com features another PA project in a piece about great outdoor banquette seating. Read the full piece here.middleridgehillside2


  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates included in Houzz.com garden gate lineup.

    See the full article here. And take a peak at the comments section to see our latest project – a stone moon gate!

  • Buzz Feed: Gov. Jerry Brown Cracks Down on Water Usage

    The first-ever  water usage reduction mandate  was called by Gov. Jerry Brown this past Wednesday. The writing has been on the wall for years, given California’s drought history, and here at PA we fully support this executive order.  The goal is a 25% reduction across the state, and some of the key tactics outlined to achieve this are: replacing 50 million sq. ft of lawn, banning potable water for irrigation, conservation pricing and  rebates for water-efficient appliances.

    Read more…

  • Project News: Small and Sweet Outdoor “family room”

    Pedersen Associates recently collaborated on a small scale, high impact project in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. The client, also an architect, came to PA for an overhaul of his backyard. He was intent on keeping the space open and classic, with clean lines and an easy to maintain planting scheme. The result is “like another family room off of the back of the house”, says the client. A thoughtful arrangement of the modern green Loll adirondack chairs and a tree-stump accent table is simplicity at its best.

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  • Project News: Commercial Renovation Complete

    Pedersen Associates worked in conjunction with JRP Architects  to completely overhaul an office building that had been built in the early 80s in San Ramon, CA. The building was converted from an office park to a medical building of 40 modernized suites. The conversion to a medical facility meant installing a new generator system as well as a new ventilation infrastructure to support vertical circulation. The collaboration between the two firms took over 2 years and the result is a modern, inviting space with pockets of  lush green plantings throughout.

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  • Buzz Feed: Gardenista.com includes a Pedersen Associates project in landscape lighting discussion

    Gardenista.com, the vertically-focused sister site to Remodelista.com recently featured a Pedersen Associates project in a discussion around lighting. Read the piece here.



  • Architectural Round up: Curved Stairs

    Understanding how to incorporate stairs into a landscape design with elevation change is not always simple. In fact, it can be downright tricky. There are multiple aspects to consider: presence (grand or diminutive), placement, pitch, line, material etc…so finding the right solution takes time and thought.

    Pedersen Associates recently completed a project in Tiburon that was set atop a steep hillside. Creating play space for the kids was a key driver for the client,  but they also wanted the space to maintain the more formal tone of the home’s architecture. The final project (first 3 images), channels famous gardens by Architect Edwin Lutyens and Designer/Horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll (last 2 images).  Using radiating concentric circles of stone and concrete to carve up the space allowed us to keep the architectural tone while still creating a tidy play yard for the kids. Mission accomplished.

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  • Landscaping Spotlight: Hellebores

    Planning a garden for four seasons of bloom can present some challenges, but with good planning you can make sure that your garden continues to unfold and delight all year round.  One of my favorite plants to help achieve this is the hellebore.

    The hellebore is a hardworking plant that requires very little tending and one that never ceases to make me smile. Hellebores are a perennial, they require minimal sun and bloom roughly March-May. The are available in almost every color you can imagine, and interesting patterns as well. There are some that have spotted throats, which can create a gorgeous tapestry if planted en masse on a hill or someplace where you can look down into the flower. There are others that have petals outlined in contrasting hues, resulting in stunning, unexpected color combinations.

    The easiest and most common hellebore to grow is the Oriental hybrid. I like to plant them in large swaths of multiple colors under my Japanese maples, along with pieris japonica, loropetalum and azaleas. Since the hellebores come in such a wide variety of color/pattern I like to buy them in bloom to know exactly what I’m getting. I’ve learned the hard way a few times that “deep purple” sometimes blooms a pale shade of lilac. To learn more go here. 


  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates Honored by Houzz.com

    Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 10.54.01 AMPedersen Associates is delighted to be honored by Houzz.com in the “Best of Design” category for 2015. Thank you to the many Houzz.com users for the wonderful feedback, we are very pleased.

    Please follow us on Houzz.com here: https://lnkd.in/bEh4h3k


  • Buzz Feed: ASLA includes a Pedersen Associates project in a Webinar

    Curious about residential landscape architecture trends?

    This winter the ASLA polled homeowners and architects to glean some industry insights, the result is this ASLA webinar. Look for a Pedersen Associates project around minute 14…..




  • In Progress: Golden Gate Ave Revisted

    Wow. This project is coming along beautifully. This flat lot situated on the spine of Belvedere sits all alone, enjoying the magnificent views of the Bay Area. Pedersen Associates was brought into the project in 2012 and has worked with the client to design the entry gate, driveway turnaround, basketball court, pool terrance, spa, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pool stair/terrace and an addition to the garage. Whew. That’s a big project.

    We are delighted with the progress and look forward to posting some final project photos in the next 6 months or so – but for now, have a glimpse at the work underway.

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  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates project featured on Gardenista.com!

    We were thrilled when one of our favorite design blogs, Gardenista.com featured a Pedersen Associates Project in Mill Valley,  California.

    To read the full article go here, and to see the more of the project photos go here. 


  • Pedersen Associés travail de conception obtient une certaine attention en France (Pedersen Associates design work gets some attention in France) !

    Pedersen Associates was thrilled to be included in two Houzz.com ideabooks from French editors. Known for their chic and sophisticated aesthetic, we felt honored to be included! See the ideabooks here and here. 

  • Landscaping Spotlight: Calamagrostis x auctoflora ‘Karl Foerster’

    We love this showy Feather Reed Grass for its striking display of wheat-like stalks that reach up to 6 feet tall. The foliage mound at the base reaches about 3×3 feet when mature. The stalks bloom in late spring/early summer and age from a beautiful shimmery wheat color to a purple tinged spire. In our Mediterranean climate they are evergreen but do best when cut back in the winter to keep the foliage healthy and vibrant. They like full sun but can tolerate a partially shaded location. The movement they bring to the garden is graceful and complements the more static planting elements very well.  We like them planted en masse  or used to punctuate a meadow-like landscape; either way you can’t go wrong with this grass

  • Architectural Round up: Garden Gates

    The garden gate is a favoriate for many Landscape Architects because it is offers a clue to the gardens beyond. Sometimes gates are open and provide passerbys with an unobstructed view of the garden. Other times they stand like sentries, obscuring the view completely, making us wonder, what is going on behind that gate? If only I could get a glimpse.

    Whatever the design, garden gates come in a mind-bending array of sizes, materials and styles. From quirky to quaint, subtle to shouting they always leave us wanting to open them wide and explore what’s beyond. Here are some of our favorites:

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  • Buzz Feed: Today.com Includes Pedersen Associates in a Summer Wrap-up Article.

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  • Buzz Feed: Feel the Blog Love

    BarbaraRies©2010Blogs have become prolific in today’s computer age. Technology allows content and “eye candy” to be swapped, shared and borrowed in a matter of seconds. We love it. Here are a few blogs that have recently shared Pedersen Associates work. Thanks Bloggers!




  • Houzz.com Features a Stunning Pedersen Associates Landscape Design

    Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 8.55.31 AM Read the full article here.

  • Buzz Feed: Hearth and Home features a Pedersen Associates project , “California Dreaming”

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  • Buzz Feed: HGTV chooses two Pedersen Associates projects in “wooden fence” roundup

    Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 10.38.41 AM     See the full article here 

  • Buzz Feed: BJ Bremier Features a Pedersen Associates Project in Marin IJ

    Soon after Marin Primary and Middle School was founded more than 20 years ago in Larkspur, David Heath, the former head of school, established a small school garden on the grounds.

    “The garden has grown over the years and is a deeply integrated part of our culture and studies here,” explains MPMS’s head of school, Julie Elam.

    Heath visited the school and its evolving garden over the years, but died this spring before garden was reopened after a recent renovation.



  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates Collaborates with Marin Primary and Middle School on a Learning Garden

    Few things capture the hearts of students and teachers alike more than a gorgeous teaching garden. Tied into an academic curriculum, a garden can be one of a teachers most effective tools, offering opportunities for hands-on learning and collaborative teamwork.

    Pedersen Associates was thrilled to donate time to the development of Marin Primary and Middle School’s  new Learning Garden, which officially launched the first week of May with great celebration.  Landscape Architect Jason Perko lead the design effort and developed a comprehensive garden plan, complete with California natives, fruit trees, raised veggie/herb beds, rain harvest barrels, compost stations, a pond, a greenhouse and a group seating area; Landscape Contracting firm S & S Landscaping executed the plan and the result is a truly magical learning environment.

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  • In Progress: Richardson Bay Terrace and Entry

    Mill Valley residents hired Pedersen Associates to tackle a front yard and entry space that offered little usability. They envisioned a more modern patio area with plentiful seating and a built in kitchen, creating a destination outdoor room. The supporting planting plan includes  a selection of California natives and drought- tolerant species.

    The final project photos will be added to our residential portfolio soon, in the meantime check out the thumbnails below.

    Final Project is complete! See project here.

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  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates featured in Marin Home Magazine

    Pedersen Associates discusses tactics for water-wise gardening in the Spring edition of Marin Home Magazine. See the full article here.

  • Landscaping Spotlight: Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud)

    The Western Redbud is one of my top five harbingers of Spring. Watching the electric pink buds begin to bloom out in March and April is truly one of spring’s most dramatic shows. The Redbud can be grown as a shrub or a tree and is typically multi-trunked but can be pruned to have a more traditional, standard shape. The Redbud is a wise garden selection in Marin because as a California Native, it does well in our Mediterranean Climate. The Redbud appreciates full sun and will flourish with minimal watering once established.  After this year’s drought I think we all could (and should), reassess our water usage in the garden. The Redbud is a gorgeous, non-thirsty choice.

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  • In Progress: Tiburon Bay View

    It has been a while in the making and PA is thrilled to be adding another Tiburon project to our portfolio.  This project is something special, boasting a breathtaking site with incredible, sweeping vistas.  The project scope includes: intricate masonry work throughout, redesigned entry gate, new retaining walls and terraces, a swimming pool overhaul, modern outdoor entertaining/grill area with fire pit, upgraded fencing, revised lighting and an entirely new planting scheme.  The final shots will be on our website soon, but for some interim glimpses into the project check out the thumbnails below.

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  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates is featured in an article for HGTV !

    HGTV conducts a roundup of the best outdoor fireplaces and fire pits and includes Pedersen Associates. Read the full story here.

  • Topic of Interest: Green Roofs

    In the face of climate change I think it’s safe to say that most everyone recognizes that we need to adapt. Greenhouse gases and what is known as “urban heat island” are the primary forces at play in our warming world.

    So what can we do? In the world of Landscape Architecture there are definitely some trends emerging,  and one that has gotten a lot of press  in the last decade is Green Roofs.  Green Roofs (and cool roofs) are used to combat the “heat island effect”,  which is essentially the raising of urban temperatures (compared to neighboring countryside), due to rapid urban expansion. Read more…

  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates Wins “Best of Houzz” three years running!

    The Houzz.com users have spoken and Pedersen Associates is thrilled to announce our inclusion in 2014 “Best of Houzz ” Awards.  Visit us on Houzz.com here

  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates featured in Houzz.com editorial

    The topic is outdoor grills and Pedersen Associates makes the roundup! Check out the full article here

  • Buzz Feed: Pedersen Associates weighs in on Remodelista.com

    Benjamin Moore Linen White, Best White Exterior House Paint Colors, GardenistaRemodelista.com, a leading online design resource, asked Pedersen Associates to talk paint. Specifically, white paint. Read the full article here

  • Landscaping Spotlight: Daphne

    There is perhaps no better surprise than strolling through a garden in December and catching that stunningly sweet smell of the winter-blooming Daphne. The Daphne has long been a favorite of landscape architects for its evergreen presence , its ability to be happily nooked into a shady corner and of course, for the cluster of sweet smelling flowers arriving in the dead of winter. Native to Asia and North Africa, Daphnes are ofter seen planted with ornamental maples, Loropetelum and ferns.

  • Architectural Roundup: Firepits & Fireplaces

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    It’s official. Hot tubs  have been upended as the “it” element in landscaping for outdoor living spaces. Enter the firepit. Living in California affords the indoor/outdoor lifestyle and the firepit both keeps us warm and sets the mood. Here are some we love.

  • Buzz Feed: Houzz.com Editorial

    Editors from Houzz.com feature one of Pedersen Associates landscape designs in an article about how to create outdoor spaces for peace and quiet. Ah… we feel relaxed already. To read the article click here. 


  • Topic of Interest: Green Building

    greenbuildingIt’s impossible to live in Northern California and not be in awe of our surroundings; from Yosemite to Tahoe to the Wine country, we are spoiled by natural splendor.   With that, comes a strong desire to protect and preserve our bounty, we are the last line of defense.

    With a shared common goal, to protect and preserve it’s easy to understand why Marin  (and the entire Northern California region), is ahead of the curve on Green Building. This stuff matters to us. Read more…

  • Topic of Interest: Garden Beneficials

    An active garden is a healthy garden. We’ve all seen them, the gardens that have the birds swooping, butterflies fluttering, bees frenetically pollinating – they’re magical.

    In order to foster wildlife in a garden you need to provide an adequate habitat which means there needs to be food, cover and a place to nest/reproduce. Read more…

  • Buzz Feed: Stylish Eve highlights PA Atherton, CA project

    Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 11.01.19 AM We loved this project also, thanks Eve! Read here



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