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Category: Best Architectural Garden Feature

The horizontal steel fence replaced a 30-foot Oleander hedge in front of an historic mid-century Spanish Territorial home. It provides a backdrop to native vegetation, defines the outdoor space, and establishes a street connection. The clients can relax under the native mesquite or harvest veggies from the adjacent organic garden.

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Category: Best Garden Shed or Outbuilding

This historic home rests among an eclectic mix of architectural styles along the Santa Cruz River in Tucson, Arizona. A recent commercial development included an 8-foot high perimeter wall on the adjacent parcel. It replaced a native mesquite bosque, which altered the art-filled naturalistic space into something that felt more like jail than a residential backyard. As a result, the backyard was remodeled to mediate the less-than-friendly atmosphere and included an outdoor kitchen area, new ramada, edible gardening space, location for a future guest house, and native vegetation. Materials such as steel, concrete, and decomposed granite were used for their tolerance to the harsh desert sun. An existing wooden ramada was replaced by a larger ramada made of steel and a corrugated metal roof – complete with a cocktail rail for beverages and a work of contemporary art for roof runoff. The modern steel rain chain and custom gutter collects water and directs flow to adjacent native plantings.

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