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No water-guzzling lawn here thanks to a metal “sidewalk,” brick patio, and gravel surrounds. Designer Paula Henson used recycled construction materials including PVC pipe and concrete blocks, but softened them with the natural beauty of plants and whimsical touches such as a gauzy curtain and framed vases.

For two weeks in fall of 2007, several thousand visitors toured the house and grounds of the historic Greystone Mansion for the annual Beverly Hills Garden & Design Showcase. The event benefited the restoration fund for the estate as it generated much buzz about green and sustainable design.

A waterscape with basking turtles puts us all in touch with nature in this setting, the work of James Alexander, Maria Kane, and Pacific Outdoor Living. Nestled into the hillside, a bamboo hideaway by Yu- Chien Liao and Mark Korzeniewski enhances rather than impacts the landscape and provides a perfect vantage point to enjoy the pond below as well as the antics of birds and butterflies attracted to a variety of drought-tolerant plants.

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