ISSUE 27  |  Urban Outdoors

Architect Visit: Growsgreen Landscape Design in San Francisco

July 05, 2011 10:17 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

Beth Mullins of Growsgreen Landscape Design (a Remodelista Architect/Design Directory member) attributes her style of "modern organic ambience" to her atypical background in science and art. In her outdoor compositions (or "3-D collages"), Mullins uses alternative materials mixed with textural plant combinations to create evocative vignettes. We especially like this rooftop garden in San Francisco, where Mullins uses layering techniques to make the most out of a small space; to see more of her work, go to Growsgreen Landscape Design.

Above: Graphic blue letters echo the urban signage of the city, viewed in the distance. "Bringing text into the garden adds an unexpected but familiar accent," Mullins says.

Above: Metal garden chairs contrast with the simple wooden dining table.

Above: Working with a variety of scales and textures, Mullins creates a multi-layered plant world.

Above: The seating area features a mix of textures—washed linen, nautical stripes, and dune grasses—to evoke a seaside feel.

Above: The barren roofscape before Growsgreen's intervention.