Arcadia Studio, Landscape Architecture

10 Dec 08

Welcome by Justin Dullum

Greetings!

Thanks for visiting our website - and for giving our blog a read. Arcadia Studio's designers will post notes here on a broad range of landscaping topics - be it sustainable design, plant palettes, a good book or article, site work, LEED certification - just about anything we come across that incites us to write up a post.

We launched this blog recently, so its not yet brimming with content, but we're keen on growing it into a resource where those interested in landscape design go to see what's new in the field, what interesting things we're coming across, and what issues we're grappling with in the pursuit of landscape design.

If you have any questions about what you read here - or about Arcadia Studio in general - we'd be more than happy to chat with you. Just give us a call or drop us an e-mail

2 Sep 14

Arcadia’s work at Cottage Hospital honored by Justin Dullum

Our firm is pleased to learn its extensive work at Cottage Hospital is being recognized by Soliant Health as one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in the country.

“With an innovative healing arts collection and ‘River of Life’ fountain that flows through the gardens of the hospital’s new Spanish Colonial inpatient wing, this Santa Barbara landmark accomplishes one of the great triumphs of hospital architecture: Letting you forget that you’re in a hospital,” Soliant Health stated in its official announcement of the award.

13 Aug 14

Arcadia to receive four 2014 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards by Justin Dullum

We're honored to be named recipients for awards this year!

121 West De La Guerra Street - Multi-Family Residence

Alma del Pueblo - President's Award

Sea Landing Walkway - Public Open Space

Lobero Theatre - Historic Restoration

The ceremony will take place on September 28 at the Music Academy of the West. Something to look forward too!

13 Aug 14

Learning to garden with the drought. by Carol Puck Erickson-Lohnas

Water levels in our wells are dropping and lakes and reservoirs are at all time lows. Everyone should be pitching in. So what are the two most important things you can do to help manage our community’s dwindling water resources?

For many homes, more than 60% of residential water use can be attributed to garden irrigation. For some gardens, use can consume up to 80% of domestic water use. So given these statistics, we should focus on water use in our gardens in our to make real inroads in water conservation.

So let’s keep it simple. In many cases, water is wasted due to poor management. Have you looked at your irrigation controller? Do you really know how much time is on each station? In one case, just by helping a client adjust his timer, we reduced his water use by 50%. Are the heads really adjusted to cover green areas or is a lot of water ending up in the street or sidewalk? Is your system older than 15 years? Many advances have been made in irrigation technology. Pipes age and you may have small underground leaks. Consider a retrofit.

Give your lawn a haircut. For many homes lawn can be reduced by 30 to 50% without losing any real function or residential recreation potential. Often lawns are installed on slopes, side yards and other non-functional areas. Take an inventory and determine where you can lose some lawn. These lawn areas can be easily replaced with native or other drought tolerant groundcovers or inert materials such as gravel or decomposed granite.

If you would like to learn more, the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden, WEWATCH and the Los Olivos Grange will be hosting a Water Conservation Workshop on Saturday afternoon, September 20th just in time for fall renovations and garden retrofitting. For more information, go to the SYVBG website.

27 May 14

Local students create I Madonnari masterpiece by Justin Dullum

On Saturday, at the annual I Madonnari, eight students of the Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) beautifully rendered the image of the 2014 Summer Solstice poster. This was the fourth year Arcadia Studio sponsored a "square" featuring the Summer Solstice poster, and the third year the hard work was cheerfully and skillfully executed by VADA students.

Artwork is by Pali X Mano, one of Solstice's regular returning artists.

Photo published with permission of Robert Bernstein.

Arcadia Studio is proud to contribute to the Children's Creative Workshop. This was our 25th year of participation.

Our sincere thanks to VADA, Children's Creative Workshop, and the Summer Solstice Celebration for the opportunity to once again work with such a wonderful group of people promoting the arts in Santa Barbara!

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8 May 14

Derrik Eichelberger hosting garden tour May 17th. Register to join in! by Justin Dullum

Derrik will be hosting a tour of the McDonough Residence. The garden for this historic Carleton Winslow-designed hacienda-style home was created over the course of a decade. Working closely with the owners to maintain the original eclectic feel of the garden, spaces were massaged to bring out their greatest potential, including a new koi pond, new pool, barbecue and entertainment terrace, new meadow garden and a new garage and motor court.

Click here to register for the tour!

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9 Apr 14

Come meet Arcadia at Cal Poly, SLO, tomorrow! by Justin Dullum

Arcadia is participating in the annual Cal Poly job fair April 10. We are looking for a new team member, and we'd love to get to know you.

11 Mar 14

Mulch Madness! by Justin Dullum

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6 Feb 14

Laurie Romano appointed 2014 Vice Chair of the South Board of Architectural Review by Justin Dullum

Arcadia Studio principal Laurie Romano has been appointed 2014 Vice Chair of the South Board of Architectural Review, County of Santa Barbara. From the Board's website:

"The Board of Supervisors finds that inappropriateness or poor quality of design in the exterior appearance of buildings, structures or signs adversely affect the desirability of the immediate area and neighboring areas for residential, business or other purposes and by so doing, impairs the benefits of occupancy of existing property in such areas, impairs the stability and value of both improved and unimproved real property in such areas, prevents the most appropriate development and use of such areas, produces degeneration of property in such areas with attendant deterioration of conditions affecting the health, safety and general welfare of the county and destroys a proper relationship between the taxable value of real property in such areas and the cost of public services provided therefore."

If any one is up to the task, it's Laurie!

Arcadia's principals have a long and on-going record of public service in this regard. Derrik Eichelberger currently serves as Vice Chair on the Montecito Board of Architectural Review and Bob Cunningham sits as the Vice Chair on the Street Tree Advisory Committee Sign Committee, City of Santa Barbara, and Chairs the Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission.

29 Jan 14

Arcadia celebrates Monte Vista’s new ‘front yard’. by Justin Dullum

Monte Vista Elementary School celebrated a newly-landscaped "front yard" this morning with all students in attendance. Situated on upper Hope Avenue, the project involves new "water-wise" plants, replacing a lawn that had deteriorated, since the school's budget was unable to sustain the amount of water required to keep it healthy. The project was begun four years ago, with a design by Arcadia Studio, provided at no cost to the school.

After extended efforts to obtain adequate funding, Principal Nancy Lorenzen and her PTA managed to get materials donated or sold below cost from Agri-Turf Supply, West Covina Wholesale Nursery and San Marcos Growers. Arroyo Seco Construction prepared the site and installed a new drip irrigation system and hundreds of new plants, at their cost, and Thomas Shawl Landscaping installed a new decomposed-granite parkway strip, removed substantial numbers of weeds and invasive Ivy, and continues to wage war on the resident gopher population.

A key benefactor in the success of the project was Santa Barbara Beautiful, one of our most effective organizations in facilitating new landscaping projects by assisting schools and other deserving organizations, and for planting thousands of new street trees. Without Santa Barbara Beautiful's key financial support, the project would still be on the drawing board.

Our thanks to all who helped with this great project!

29 Jan 14

Arcadia celebrates Monte Vista’s new ‘front yard’. by Justin Dullum

Monte Vista Elementary School celebrated a newly-landscaped "front yard" this morning with all students in attendance. Situated on upper Hope Avenue, the project involves new "water-wise" plants, replacing a lawn that had deteriorated, since the school's budget was unable to sustain the amount of water required to keep it healthy. The project was begun four years ago, with a design by Arcadia Studio, provided at no cost to the school.

After extended efforts to obtain adequate funding, Principal Nancy Lorenzen and her PTA managed to get materials donated or sold below cost from Agri-Turf Supply, West Covina Wholesale Nursery and San Marcos Growers. Arroyo Seco Construction prepared the site and installed a new drip irrigation system and hundreds of new plants, at their cost, and Thomas Shawl Landscaping installed a new decomposed-granite parkway strip, removed substantial numbers of weeds and invasive Ivy, and continues to wage war on the resident gopher population.

A key benefactor in the success of the project was Santa Barbara Beautiful, one of our most effective organizations in facilitating new landscaping projects by assisting schools and other deserving organizations, and for planting thousands of new street trees. Without Santa Barbara Beautiful's key financial support, the project would still be on the drawing board.

Our thanks to all who helped with this great project!

17 Sep 13

Arcadia Studio featured in World Landscape Magazine by Justin Dullum

A great article about a beautiful project in Carpinteria designed by Arcadia is currently the headline over at WLM. Check it!

11 Sep 13

An Ode to Arcadia Studio’s president, Bob Cunningham by Justin Dullum

Written by Billy Goodnick for Santa Barbara Ed Hat. Thanks, Billy, for such a kind tribute.

2 Aug 13

Arcadia Studio featured in the August issue of Architectural Digest by Justin Dullum

Featured in the August issue of Architectural Digest is our very own Carol Puck Erickson. The article is a feature on a new addition to Montecito's tradition of masterpieces, for which Carol designed the landscape.

"We wanted to let nature sneak in and dable with the edges of the house's disciplined composition," Carol says in the article.

Here's a link to the article and a slide show of this wonderful property.

26 Jul 13

Arcadia Studio’s bioswales at Patagonia are getting some attention by Justin Dullum

Here's a great article highlighting the work Arcadia Studio has done for the Patagonia headquarters.

5 Jun 13

Another successful I Modannari. by Justin Dullum

Thanks to the Visual Arts & Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School for completing a wonderful chalk version of this year's Solstice Parade poster. The drawing was done this past Memorial Day weekend, and a great time was had by all.

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20 Feb 13

Arcadia’s Martha Degasis Wins Lockwood de Forest Award by Justin Dullum

We couldn't be happier to announce: Our very own Martha Degasis has received the coveted Lockwood de Forest Award for her landscape architectural work at the Santa Barbara History Museum. It is the highest honor the City of Santa Barbara can bestow for such work. The award is not given out annually but only when a particular site design rises to the prestigious award's high standard. If you've ever visited the museum you understand why the landscape, finished in 2009, is deserving of the de Forest prize; its understated design is a perfect example of a landscape that appears to have been there forever, as if a product of nature. It is a harmony of native plant gardens and stone hardscaping that evokes the history of the West while also being perfectly functional when the venue hosts weddings and other gatherings.

So, Congratulations, Martha!

Information about the city awards given out this year can be found here.

16 Jan 13

Arcadia Studio: Now on Houzz by Justin Dullum

Another day, another social website, right? But Houzz is different. It's a really well organized directory of professionals who design and build houses. We liked it enough to launch a profile. Check it out!

15 Jan 13

Winter Leaflette - Rain Water by Justin Dullum

The Winter, 2013 issue of our seasonal newsletter covers the basics of collecting rain water. If you'd like subscribe to this free newsletter, give us you're email address (we won't spam you or give it anyone else!) and we'll send it to. You'll be able to view all past 8 issues as well. Thanks!

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9 Oct 12

Arcadia Studio honored at SB Beautiful Awards gala by Justin Dullum

On the evening of September 30, Arcadia Studio shared the limelight with Cottage Hospital at the 48th annual Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards, being recognized for our contribution to the planning and design of the landscape of the new facility. With about one acre of landscaped outdoor spaces, Cottage now has gardens serving the public, patients, their visitors, and hospital staff.

The gardens were designed to accommodate users with a wide variety of plantings, in a setting that allows for individual and small groups to stroll the grounds or sit and visit in relatively private spaces, all within view of interesting water features, beautiful works of art, or both. Plantings were chosen for their year-round interest, in terms of color and texture, and to both complement the hospital’s architecture and define the exterior spaces.

The Cottage Hospital landscape is an example of Arcadia’s expertise with “healing” gardens, resulting from continuing education focused on health care design, and years of practice with similar developments, including hospital gardens, assisted living, long-term care, and hospice.

Currently, Arcadia is working with Cottage Health System on the replacement of Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, with Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura on its new facility, and with the County of Santa Barbara Housing Authority and the Rona Barrett Foundation on their new development in Solvang, consisting of 70 low-income senior housing units, 60 assisted-living/memory care units, and a large senior day care/community center.

Arcadia was also honored by Santa Barbara Beautiful with an award in the Historic Restoration category for our new design of the courtyard at the Carrillo Recreation Center, a Craftsman style structure built in 1914. While our courtyard design was a new addition to the site, it was praised as a faithful rendition of the style, matching the detailing and quality of the original building.

The courtyard at the Recreation Center provides amenities previously unavailable to users of the building, involving an enclosed garden space with seating and shade provided by four Eastern Redbud trees, as well as formal hedges and perennial plantings appropriate to the original period of construction.

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