Product News: Habitat Design Now Does Edible Landscape Designs!

Posted by: on Sep 27, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news, Specialty gardens | No Comments

Due to popular demand, we’re excited to announce that… we now do edible landscape designs!


What is an edible landscape?

An edible garden is a beautifully landscaped garden that incorporates edible fruit and veggie plants into the overall aesthetic and style of the garden. So, that means no raised veggie boxes that distract from the rest of your yard.

How can you get an edible landscape design?

Simply go through our online landscape design dashboard to select your style and color palette as you normally would — just make sure to select Edible in the Choose Your Plants section. Easy peasy!

Play around with different garden options, and only pay at the end. Then, receive professional landscape plans and a plant list within 5 days!

Check it out! >

PS: If you have any questions about incorporating edible plants into your garden, schedule a call with co-founder Jessy Berg!

This Week in the Bay: Jazz at Filoli, Alice Waters at the Idea House!

Posted by: on Aug 20, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news, SF Bay Area Events | No Comments

This week two well respected experts in their fields will be visiting two already-amazing venues…


1. Alice Waters speaks at the Sunset Idea House, Aug. 25th in Healdsburg: Alice Waters — founder and chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA — will be speaking at the Sunset Idea House twice this summer! Her first visit is this Saturday, and she’ll be discussing kitchen gardens and her Edible Schoolyard project with Sunset food editor Margo True and Sunset editor in chief Kitty Morgan. Tickets are $17.

2. Jazz at Filoli welcomes Cyrus Chestnut Quartet, Aug. 26th in Woodside: The second-to-last concert in the Jazz at Filoli series, the Cyrus Chestnut Quartet is bound to be a great time. Taking place this Sunday, your Jazz ticket will get you entrance to the gorgeous Filoli estate and gardens, which you can peruse until the concert starts at 1:30pm. Box lunches for the concert are also available.

Update: Alice Waters Speaking at the Idea House!

Posted by: on Aug 16, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news | One Comment

If you’re a fan of the locavore movement and/or delicious, gourmet food this should excite you: Alice Waters — founder and chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA — will be speaking at the Sunset Idea House twice this summer!

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About the Alice Waters events

Join Alice Waters as she discusses kitchen gardens, her Edible Schoolyard Project and more at the Sunset Idea House. She’ll be joined by Sunset food editor Margo True and Sunset editor in chief Kitty Morgan.

Afterwards, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Idea House — which Habitat Design did the landscape design and styling for — in the beautiful Healdsburg hills.


  • Aug. 25th at 4pm
  • Sept. 9 at 2pm
  • It’s all taking place at the Sunset Idea House in Healdsburg, CA. More info here.
  • Tickets are $17. Get your tickets here >


Sneek Peek: 2012 Sunset Idea House Decor

Posted by: on Jul 26, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news | No Comments

Last week the Sunset Magazine photographer crew rolled through the house, snapping pics for their readers. We don’t want to give too much away, but here’s a sneek peek of products you’ll see in the house (and in the magazine!)

And remember — lots of what you see here will be available in our online store!


Bonnie-Gemmell-Habitat-Design This article was written by Bonnie Gemmell, co-founder & Style Curator of Habitat Design. Habitat Design provides full-service online landscape design planning for small and mid-sized gardens, & an online store of unique garden & home furnishings — all at an affordable price. Bonnie believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible & affordable for everyone. Check out Habitat Design >

Construction at the 2012 Sunset Idea House (July 10-17, 2012)

Posted by: on Jul 18, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news | No Comments

We’ve been documenting the progress of the Sunset Idea House Breezehouse, and thought we’d share a few pics from the construction process.


We’re so impressed with all the hard work that the Blu Homes and Sunset Magazine teams have put into this project. It’s looking fabulous.

Check our Sunset Idea House Page for more photos and to stay up-to-date on new developments!

Now, more construction photos…

Bonnie-Gemmell-Habitat-Design This article was written by Bonnie Gemmell, co-founder & Style Curator of Habitat Design. Habitat Design provides full-service online landscape design planning for small and mid-sized gardens, & an online store of unique garden & home furnishings — all at an affordable price. Bonnie believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible & affordable for everyone. Check out Habitat Design >

Habitat Design to Landscape & Style the 2012 Sunset Idea House!

Posted by: on Jun 13, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news, SF Bay Area Events | One Comment

You may have already heard, but we want to make it official by writing about it on our blog: Habitat Design will be doing the plant design and indoor and outdoor styling for the 2012 Sunset Idea House in Healdsburg, CA!

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This year the Idea House explores the concept of a pre-fab, eco-friendly home with a gorgeous Breezehouse designed by Blu Homes.

Along that same theme, Habitat Design has designed a plant scheme that utilizes native, drought-resistant plants. And our decor style emphasizes eco-friendly, locally made and reclaimed accents for both the indoors and outdoors.

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Now, the details:

  • When: The Idea House will be open every weekend from Aug. 3, 2012 to Sept. 9, 2012. Tours are available Friday-Sunday, from 10am-5pm.
  • Admission: $17 per person. $15 on Fridays for seniors.
  • Where: Healdsburg, CA
  • Directions from San Francisco: Take US-101 N for about 70 miles. Once in Healdsburg, take Exit 505 for Dry Creek Rd., and turn right on Dry Creek Rd. Take your second left onto Healdsburg Ave. and drive .8 miles. Turn right onto Parkland Farms Blvd. and drive .4 miles. Take the third right onto Canyon Run, then the first right onto Long Acres Pl.

More about the Sunset Idea House:

  • “The 2012 Breezehouse” on
  • “Blu Homes Updating Iconic Breezehouse to be This Year’s Sunset Idea House” on
  • Stay updated on Breezehouse construction and layouts at

Jessy-Berg-Habitat-Design This post was written by Jessy Berg, professional landscape designer & co-founder of Habitat Design. Habitat Design provides full-service online landscape design planning for small and mid-sized gardens, & an online store of unique garden & home furnishings — all at an affordable price. Jessy believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible & affordable for everyone. Check out Habitat Design >

Sunset Celebration 2012: Recap & photos from the Habitat booth

Posted by: on Jun 6, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news, SF Bay Area Events | One Comment

Even though it’s Wednesday, we’re still recovering from an amazing weekend at Sunset Celebration Weekend. But we had such a great time, we want to share some photos with you of happenings at the Habitat booth…


Above is our garden display — an example of a modern/contemporary garden design one could purchase through our online landscape design service.

Lots of people were drawn to our garden display by the 2′ Arizona flagstone pavers with La Paz Stone in between. If you too are fond of this look, you can get the stones at Lyngso Garden Center.

The plants used a hot color palette, and Lantana ‘Sunset Gold’ and Phormium’Dusky Chief’ were big favorites.

Above, our famous Cattail Balls. People are always drawn to these guys and have to touch them!

*For details about all the products we used in our display, check out our Sunset Celebration page

Here’s a pic of Mila demonstrating our Hibachi Hot Pot BBQ. The Hot Pot was a big crowd pleaser — Hibaci by day, planter by night. It would make the perfect Father’s Day gift!

Still standing — er, sitting — are Sarah and Bonnie Gemmell, chatting about Habitat Design. Thankfully our booth became shady by the afternoon so we didn’t have to endure the sun all day long.

Finally, a pic with Danielle, her family and me (Jessy). Danielle won the grand prize — all of the small plants (donated by Habitat Design) and stonework (donated by Lyngso) we used in our garden display.

We also had two winners for the free landscape design drawing. Congrats to Thomas & Caroline, and Barbara!!

Until next year…

Come visit us at the SF Flower & Garden Show!

Posted by: on Mar 9, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news | 2 Comments

As you guys know, we like to jump in with both feet. So heck — why not do two SmallSpace Exhibits and a Product booth at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show!?

Yes, we might be a little bit crazy, but luckily we have some awesome partners — CompoClay and Lila B. Design — helping us out. We hope you guys can join us at the show (going on Mar. 21-25)! You can pick up discount ticket here ($15.50, reg $20).

SmallSpaces Sneek Peek:


The Contemporary Chic garden uses strong shapes, and contrasting materials and textures to emphasize the design. We also use multiples of the same plant to create a mass effect. Overall, the contemporary garden is all about creating strong geometry and distinctive forms. With contemporary design, less is more…

The really cool Living Wall Planter you see in the back is a brand new product from CompoClay — made using only green materials (mostly sand, minerals and water). They’ll also be doing a giveaway for one of their garden accents at our Contemporary SmallSpace. So make sure to stop by! 


The Cottage Cozy garden is the exact opposite of the contemporary garden. There’s zero symmetry, and crowded flowers seem to take over the whole place. But it’s meant to look unplanned and untended… that’s the cottage way!

This garden has an informal design, uses lots of plants close together and includes traditional materials like stone. With cottage gardens, more is…well…more.

Pretty terrarium by Sophie de Lignerolles at Lila B.

Each SmallSpace Garden will be accompanied by…

A gorgeous terrarium (one in the contemporary style, one cottage style) designed by Lila B. Design, a floral and garden design company based in San Francisco. You’ll also be able to pick up some nifty “How to Design Your Own Terrarium” pamphlets, too — so you can make your own!

The who, what, where, etc:

  • Who: Habitat Design, CompoClay and Lila B. at the SF Flower & Garden Show
  • What: The SF Flower & Garden Show. Visit their website.
  • Where: The San Mateo Event Center. Our Product booth (selling goods we have in our online store) is Booth #656. Our SmallSpace Displays will be in the Expo Hall (there aren’t specific booth numbers for these).
  • When: Wed., Mar 21 – Sun., Mar 25. Doors are open from 10am – 7pm Wed thru Sat, and 10am – 6pm on Sun.
  • How: Buy discount tickets here!

About our Partners:


CompoClay is a cutting-edge, green material that has the ability to emulate everything from wood and metal to stone and ceramic without sacrificing safety and durability. CompoClay — a raw material mainly made up of minerals, water and sand – is an alternative to the common hazardous materials, such as resin and polyurethane foam. CompoClay offers stylish, eco-friendly home accents, garden decor and architectural elements.


Lila B. Design makes beautiful statements with living things in a sustainable way. They’re a floral and garden design company based in San Francisco, with a focus on floral design for weddings & events, still life & studio photography, and interiors & gardens. They’re a certified San Francisco Green Business, which means they conserve resources and work with sustainably harvested materials (many of which are locally sourced and grown).


Terra Trellis makes colorful, contemporary steel garden trellises, tuteurs and arbors. Their products are hand-crafted in the U.S. from steel and finished in brilliant water-resistant powdercoat colors or a natural oxide patina. Everything they make is created by artists with a passion for design and a love of nature. TerraTrellis is functional art for the modern garden.


Lyngso Garden Materials has been providing Bay Area homeowners and contractors with a wonderful variety of landscape products for over 60 years. They focus on personalized service to make sure you leave with exactly the right materials.


Summer Winds Nursery is supplying most of our plants for the garden displays! Summer Winds is a California-based nursery that offers plants that are guaranteed to grow and thrive. They also offer home delivery of plant and garden accessories, and garden installation between San Jose and Palo Alto.


The Village Gardener, Inc. is dedicated to the health and beauty of your garden. Founded in 1979, The Village Gardener has expanded to be one of the few providers of high-quality landscape installation and maintenance services using integrated pest management and sustainable landscaping practices.


FX Luminaire makes innovative and resource-efficient landscape lights, such as the LED-based Lumineux lights. All of their products are produced in Southern California, where they comply with the world’s toughest environmental, labor and work place safety regulations. Unlike plastic / metal kit lighting, the FX system is comprised of architectural grade components engineered to be specified and installed by professionals.


Sierra Lumber & Fence will be building the fences surrounding our two SmallSpace gardens! Sierra Lumber & Fence was established in 1970 and is located in San Jose. They serve the greater Bay Area as the primary Redwood supplier to the public and contractors for 40 years. They offer quality contract installation of wood fences, split rail fence, decks, and more.

About us!

Habitat Design believes that beautiful gardens should be accessible and affordable for everyone. Habitat Design lets you design your own garden online, and receive custom garden plans within 5 days — all while receiving tips from a professional landscape designer along the way. You can even shop for unique garden and home accents in our online shop. With garden plans starting at just $199, we’re affordable, quick and easy!

See you there!

Habitat’s First Garden Bloggers Get-Together: Rehash

Posted by: on Feb 28, 2012 in blog, Habitat Design news | 2 Comments

As you might know, there are a ton of garden and landscape folk online — blogging, tweeting, pinning — you name it! Lots of us “know” each other strictly in the cyber world, but not in the real world.

Bay Area Garden Bloggers

From left to right: Dawn of Rebel Garden, Michelle of From Seed to Table, Claire of An Alameda Garden, Deborah of SeedByte, Jessy of the Habitat Design blog, Alya of Berkeley Gardens and Susan Morrison of Blue Planet Garden Blog.

Well, we decided to change that. Last week in Palo Alto, we hosted a little Bay Area Garden Bloggers meetup.

Many invitees were struck with that mysterious bug that’s been going around, but luckily a few still turned up to mingle. Here are some photos from the evening:

Bay Area Garden Bloggers Party

Chatting. We had a table upstairs at Reposado in Palo Alto, but note to self: it gets pretty loud up there during happy hour!

What good listeners! From left to right: Jenn of Dirty Girl Gardening, Michelle and Claire.

New BFFs! Habitat co-founder Bonnie, and Dawn.

Bay Area Garden Bloggers 1Smile! The end of a great evening.

We had so much fun — and enjoyed meeting everyone so much — that we’re going to try to host more garden-related events around the Bay Area. If you’d like get involved in helping us throw an event in your area, email (not pictured because I was the one taking the photos!)

‘Til next time…

Also, read Susan’s (of Blue Planet Garden blog) post about the blogger get-together here.

Happy Cyber Monday!

Posted by: on Nov 28, 2011 in blog, Habitat Design news | No Comments

Did you miss out on Black Friday? Not to fear – that’s why they invented Cyber Monday! We’re having a huge SALE in our online store. Deals include:

So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of our sale before it’s over!

Shop now.