Article: Drought pushing gardeners to get creative with ‘outdoor rooms’

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 1.14.13 PMEarlier in September I was interviewed by Suzanne Sproul of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin for an article about getting creative and personalizing outdoor spaces in light of the California drought. This article appeared online at Press Telegram Online. Suzanne and I had a wonderful conversation about the shift in garden trends and different ways to claim outdoor space as your own. Thanks so much for the chance to contribute, Suzanne!

You can read the article online at the Press Telegram’s Website or download a PDF. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“We’re seeing a slow shift in the social and cultural lifestyle today and how people want to use their landscapes is evolving,” Kupper said. “I believe climate change is forcing people to look at outdoor spaces differently. There’s the notion that the front yard belongs to the aesthetic of the neighborhood and the street. People are claiming their spaces for added living and now they want to add purpose.”


The first step is to carve the space out, she said, and then reflect. Indoors, people use family photos, pillows, furniture and keepsakes to define their rooms. Why not outside as well?

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Article: How to Maximize Small Gardens

15_09_24_JODOM_TOTALLANDSCAPECARE_thumbnailI was recently invited to contribute to an article about making the most of confined spaces when it comes to gardens for Total Landscape Care Online. I love finding creative solutions to every challenge and was excited to lend my voice to this great piece written by Jill Odom. Thanks again for inviting me to collaborate, Jill!

You can check out the article online at Total Landscape Care Online: How to Maximize Small Gardens. You can also download a PDF. Below is an excerpt from the article:

…Instead of cramming in 20 planter pots, shrink the number to five. By limiting the amount of materials you use, whether in building or planting, the design retains a unified, open feel.


“Avoid using too many garden floor textures or patterns,” Kupper said. “Restricting hardscape to two to three materials is helpful.”


It is important to design the usable spaces first, then move on to adding plant materials to the remaining areas…

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Kernel of Truth Sculpture Installed at L.A. Arboretum

After months of hard work fabricating the sculpture, we finally had it installed at the Los Angeles Arboretum!


It was incredible to see the final sculpture nestled in it’s new home for the next few months. Ketti took a lot of time scouting the perfect location in the gardens for her sculpture to ensure the piece had an organic harmony with the surrounding plants and landscape. Read More