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Landscape designers' home garden is a laboratory (and that retriever is one of the guinea pigs)

November 12, 2009 | 10:42 am


HallPipe When they're at work, landscape designers Annemarie and Matthew Hall dispense advice on how to save water, choose appropriate plants and maximize every square inch. But when they're at home in Laguna Niguel, the Halls are pretty much like the rest of us -- always looking for smarter, more affordable ways to maintain an attractive garden.

HallTableThe Halls' yard doubles as a professional laboratory where they test ideas, such as planters crafted from steel culvert pipes.

"Good design doesn't have to be expensive," Annemarie said. "It can be budget-conscious and just as creative."

You can read the story on the Halls' home landscape or click through the photo gallery, which includes raised beds where the front lawn once stood as well as craftily deployed artificial turf in the backyard.

-- Emily Young

Photo credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times