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Kidscaping: Motherhood alters one landscape designer's plans for her garden

April 18, 2011 |  1:47 pm


For proof that parenthood does change everything, just look at the Mar Vista garden of landscape designer Elizabeth Low of Elow Landscape Design and Build in Los Angeles.

Getprev When Low and husband David Cash purchased their first home in Mar Vista two years ago she envisioned a minimal, low-care garden for her family. But after finding herself home more than ever with her daughter Violet, now 2, Low’s priorities changed. "I wanted everything to be soft and pretty and attract wildlife," Low says. "I found myself looking at the garden at all hours of the day."

So Low tossed out plans for the minimalist landscape. The result can be seen in the spot for drawing and doing letters, as well as the artificial turf behind Violet, shown above, and in the pots that put succulents out of reach of little feet. The grown-ups are attended to with plants that bloom all year, a patio deck off the master bedroom and an appealing fire pit, shown above, right.

“I had this maternal, feminine side which I wanted to express,” Low says now.

For a look at the garden -- which will be included in the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on April 30 -- and how the outdoor areas now serve as an extension of the 900-square-foot house, check out the full story and accompanying photo gallery.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times