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The Kobrinsky Garden Experience: A Construction Perspective

Articles: The Kobrinsky Garden Experience: A Construction Perspective

The large deck in early evening, overlooking a re-established meadow. Photographs by Jason Liske, except as noted

A fire pit is the nucleus of the Kobrinsky garden, visible from most windows in their home and the celebrated hub of activity for both human and hummingbird visitors alike. A strong team is needed to create a garden like the Kobrinskys’. It takes a study of the delicate nature of the “goings on” in the shared oak woodland, a landscape design that reflects the architecture of the home and the wild, a team of worthy professionals, and a client willing to take a risk.

Michael Kobrinsky spent his childhood in this same oak woodland that hosts his new home in the rolling hills south of Salinas, California. He grew up wandering, running, and playing in the woods, and discovered a fondness for the simple, intact nature of the oak woodland community. Here, that community begins with coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) and understory shrubs like Little Sur manzanita (Arctostaphylos edmundsii); yerba buena (Satureja douglasii) and grasses like Melica imperfecta and Elymus glauca carpet the ground between...

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