A tapestry of succulents and steel elements echo the bold juxtaposition of materials that embody the Robert Graham brand. Plant materials chosen for the site highlight the clothing line’s design details: rich in texture, pattern, and color.
With a directive for the garden to be minimal maintenance, sensitive to water usage and budget conscious, I determined drought tolerant succulents were an ideal solution for the parkway. Instead of grass, a silver carpet of Dymondia margaretae was applied as the understory to the succulents, chosen for its durability with heavy foot traffic. Queen palms interspersed between existing Washingtonia palms were added to bring the ceiling down and create a canopy around the building.
Two original 1920s beach bungalows, renovated for the showroom, are connected by a courtyard and gracious veranda. These community spaces, dotted with colorful Adirondack chairs, recycled tire planters and a fire element, serve as a social gathering place for the store’s clientele.