Sam Goldstein

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Sam Goldstein

About Sam Goldstein

Sam’s educational and work background spans a diverse range. With a certification in Landscape Architecture from Merritt College and a Fine Arts degree in painting, the visual arts have long been her calling. Recently, her love of writing has led her down a new path towards blogging, journalism and editing.
6 12, 2019

Ground Work

By |2019-12-06T14:39:43-08:00December 6th, 2019|Categories: Design|

Ground Work Landscape Architecture is the design of space on every level – At our eye level, above our heads, and on the ground plane beneath our feet. The ground is an often-overlooked aspect of design, but it has the ability to define space and create interest within the landscape. Here we focus [...]

4 11, 2019

Shade Gardening

By |2019-11-05T13:10:13-08:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Plants|

Shade Gardening The days are getting shorter, the sun is low in the sky, and sunlight is a little harder to come by. The change reminds us of something we consider at any time of year when designing landscapes - those parts of the landscape where sun is always hard to come by!  [...]

21 10, 2019

Fall Garden Close Up: Seeds, Roots, and Bulbs

By |2019-11-20T08:49:49-08:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Plants|

Fall Garden Close-Up: Seeds, Roots, & Bulbs This time of year, it may seem like things are drawing to a close in the garden.  You’ve already harvested vegetables and fruits, and many of the flowers are giving one last show before it gets cold.  So what else could possibly need to [...]

8 10, 2019

Traditional Landscape Architecture

By |2019-11-16T19:34:25-08:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Design|

Traditional Landscape Architecture We like to think we’re at least sort of worldly, and so we realize that “Traditional” is kind of a misnomer.  After all, designed landscapes have been created worldwide for millennia, and we acknowledge the influence of Egyptian, Greek, Moorish, Chinese, Japanese, and many other Landscape Traditions on [...]

9 09, 2019


By |2019-09-13T00:10:56-08:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Design|

FEATURING FIRE There is something instinctively wonderful about relaxing around a fire, and as a result we find ourselves incorporating fire into most of our outdoor living spaces.  Fire features, as we Landscape Architects call them, can take on infinite forms and aesthetic styles to fit seamlessly into a designed space.  Here are [...]

26 08, 2019


By |2019-08-28T14:53:48-08:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Design|

HOW TO HIRE A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT (OR DESIGNER) You’ve decided you want to hire a professional to design your landscape, but how do you decide who to call?  If it’s your first time hiring a design professional of any sort, it can be an especially daunting idea.  There are many services available to [...]

12 08, 2019


By |2019-08-14T16:21:41-08:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Plants|

LOW-WATER, HIGH-FASHION GARDENING Alright, it is now officially hot.  We’re feeling it, and our gardens are feeling it too!  The long summers here are always a bit of a reminder that we should be savvy with our water use.  Maybe you’re interested in lowering your water bill, but what if cacti [...]

7 08, 2019


By |2019-12-05T13:38:57-08:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Media|

 J.Montgomery Designs Wins Hearth & Home’s Design Competition: Excellence in Outdoor Room Design J. Montgomery Designs has been deemed a winner in Hearth and Home Magazine's Excellence in Outdoor Room Design Competition for our creation in Mt. Diablo, CA.  There are 27 winning projects out of 138 project entries from 28 [...]