This garden has special memories for me, and I still continue to take care of it for the past 5 years now. It was the first collaboration with my talented builder client friend, Mario Trejo of Trejo Designs, (510 418 0823), and if you are looking to remodel your house and want some South American Venezuelan flavor and color sensibility, you need to hire this man. It was a great design collaboration, and I think the flow of the house and garden are a perfect complement to each other. I thought I was channeling Venezuelan tropicalismo with this garden, but Mario says it looks nothing like any garden in Caracas, his home town. Plus I love having a client who gives me complete design freedom with the garden. The first of many collaborations over the past 5 years, and hopefully when the housing market recovers, we'll do more projects together.