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Aesthetically Pleasing, Highly Sustainable

Few homes can boast of having an actual website, but Helene Marsh's Tiburon Bay House in San Francisco does. As one of the first LEED-H Platinum certified homes in California, it has a stunning sustainable landscape design by Shades of Green Landscaping. This design includes gabion walls and lots of native plants (to better withstand drought conditions) including a low-maintenance lawn, requiring half the water of a regular lawn. They also recycled concrete slabs from the previous home to create the patio (left) while ensuring every surface was permeable (except for the driveway).

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Interview With Chris Lambton
Host of HGTV's "Going Yard"

By Gregg Rosenzweig

On the HGTV show, Going Yard (Saturdays, 5pm/4c), professional landscaper Chris Lambton transforms everyday backyards from sad, dry wastelands to verdant, natural playgrounds.

With the help of his wife, Peyton Wright, each episode showcases the transformative powers of this husband/wife team as they execute projects with practicality and panache. Usually leaving smiling homeowners gleaming to ear to ear.

I recently grilled the Cape Cod-based Lambton on everything from his favorite bugs to gardening trends. All topics were fertile ground for this former star of the sixth season of ABC's "The Bachelorette":

2. What's trending big time in landscape design right now?
Chris Lambton Chris: I see the biggest trend as going sustainable. People want to save money and eat healthier. They want raised planting beds and to learn how to grow their own veggies. It is a great couples thing (Peyton and I do it) or family-building activity, and you get to eat what you grow!

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