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John Black, Principal

A California native and Palo Alto resident, John designs imaginative yet practical outdoor spaces that take full advantage of the generous Bay Area climate. His detailed plans — themselves works of art — suggest architectural elements and plant combinations that are not only interesting and beautiful but also appropriate to the homeowner and the environment.

John particularly enjoys utilizing uncommon plant varieties, and often tests unfamiliar cultivars in his own garden before recommending them to his clients. (“If I can't keep it alive,” he promises, “I won't ask you to.”) While he refuses to believe he has a characteristic style, John especially enjoys creating low-maintenance, high-impact arrangements that distinguish their homes and their owners.

John is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA). He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University, and graduated with distinction from the landscape architecture program at U.C. Berkeley Extension. John's work has been featured time and again and again on HGTV's "Landscape Smart," and he has been a winning designer on HGTV's prestigious "Landscapers' Challenge." John's creativity and attention to detail were honored most recently with a CLCA Achievement Award.

For more insight into John's influences and inspirations, you might enjoy a recent interview on the popular GardenMuse blog. And you're always welcome to join the conversation at John's own blog, A Verdant Life, on Twitter at @johncblack, or at Verdance's Facebook page.

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