Reference and Public Service Websites
Here are a few websites which I and others have found helpful in choosing materials, products and entities that may help assist in decision making for various aspects of landscape development. These sites are intended to not only help the consumer choose elements for their landscape development, but also to help educate the public to some of the issues involved in landscape development here in Southern California. This list is periodically updated to include technological advances in the industry as well as to keep abreast of current local practices and governmental regulations applicable to local landscape development. Please feel free to share this page with friends and to return as needed for ideas and paths leading to any regulatory requirements or standards.
http://davesgarden.com/ Great website for plant info. Lots of pictures and cultural information. Join for free or use up to 10 plant searches per day without membership.
http://www.californiagardens.com/index.html Nice site with a variety of plant offerings that are appropriate for California.
http://www.succulent-plant.com/ The best site that I’ve found that comprehensively covers a wide variety of succulents.
http://www.rsf-fire.org/education/programs/adult_shelterinplace.asp Rancho Santa Fe FD link to brochure for “Shelter In Place” Fire prevention. Great planning concept!
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natres/06303.html Good website that includes lots of info on fire resistant planning for landscapes. Although it is Colorado oriented, most of the info, including the plant lists, are SoCal appropriate.
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2003/11/08/special_reports/homes/11_7_0320_50_24.txt This site was from a local article after the fires. All very SD County specific.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20050924-9999-1mi24plants.html Here’s another San Diego article.
http://www.mwdh2o.com/ Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Lots of good info and links to articles, agencies, and more.
http://www.sandiego.gov/water/ San Diego Water Department site. Lots of useful info whether you live inside or outside of the city bounds. Conservation tips, irrigation calculator, news and more.
http://www.saveourh2o.org/ California’s water resource guide
http://www.20gallonchallenge.com/index.html San Diego 20 Gallon Challenge site. Tips, news, resources for our region as well as water programs & incentives.
Feng Shui http://www.herbalhealing.co.uk/feng_shui_gardens.htm Explains concept of Feng Shui, ancient Western art/science of spatial design. Links to other sites as well.
http://www.prowellwoodworks.com/index.htm Artistic gates, doors, arbors, light posts etc
http://www.calredwood.org/about/about.htm Good general information about redwood
Barbecues http://www.bbqgalore.com/ BARBECUES and accessories
Shade Covers http://www.shadesails.com/ Tensioned fabric shade covers- Check these out!!
http://www.madeintheshadeawnings.com/. Check the gallery for examples of retractable awnings, spearheads, and some of the convex awnings.
http://www.architecturalsalvagesd.com/home.htm Look here for recycled building materials for home & garden. Support LOCAL business!!
http://www.super-krete.com/ Treatment for refinishing existing paved surfaces.
http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/consumers-overview.asp Check a contractor’s license, how to hire a contractor, and other useful information to protect the consumer.
http://www.latc.dca.ca.gov/publicinfo/index.html Landscape architect’s technical committee website. How to check a license, select a landscape architect, file a complaint and other useful information
http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/dplu/greenbuildings.html find out about rebate programs and incentives to go green here in San Diego County. Links to all kinds of county info and resources for all residents.
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/ReUse/Links/Stores.htm California Integrated Waste Management site with links to recycled building materials outlets in California & nationwide
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/greenBuilding/Design/Guidelines.htm California Integrated Waste Management site with links to a number of California LEED (Leading Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines and practices
http://www.playworldsystems.com/lt/ Shows play structures & exercise par course
http://www.garden-fountains.com/Page.bok?template=browseStore Indoor & outdoor, wall fountains & garden accessories. Contemporary to rustic, sculptural to traditional.
http://www.kineticfountains.com/garden-fountains.asp Over 300 fountains of various types. Faux rock, architectural, wall, interior & garden fountains
http://www.prosperityfountain.com/ These fountains & accessories are mostly along contemporary lines. Some old world items as well.
http://www.fountainsbydesign.com/ Unique , mostly copper, fountains. Custom or stock
http://www.copperfountain.com/catalog.htm More copper fountains. Advertised as “art”. Some nice stuff for the right situation.
http://www.littleandlewis.com/index.html Nice garden art.
www.mataortizpots.com Beautiful, artistic pottery and collectables. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.krcrock.com/ A good website from local supplier of rocks, boulders, pavers & masonry
http://www.modernbuilderssupplyincsd.com/ Local company w/ pavers, block, retaining wall systems, etc.
http://www.rcpblock.com/ Good selection of stone & concrete pavers & wall materials.
email@example.com Sculpture and constructions in various materials. Murals and paintings
http://www.adesigngarden.com/# Public and private mosaics for outdoor and indoor spaces
firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Marszalek (760)271-3955 Wood carver animals, human figures, and furniture. Miniature to monumental scale. Beautiful artwork.