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.
15 06, 2020


By |2020-07-20T10:08:36-07:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Backyard Retreat|

Notes From The Garden The J.Montgomery Studio Garden is more than just a spec garden for our clients.  It’s where some of us live and others of us work, a place of garden experimentation, and lately a shelter-in-place oasis.  It’s also undergone many transformations over the years.  Though we design landscapes on [...]

6 05, 2020

Transitional & Timeless

By |2020-05-16T14:29:24-07:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Landscape Design|Tags: , , , , |

Transitional & Timeless “The only constant in life is change” – Heraclitus (circa 500 BCE) The nature of change is something that has been on our minds lately, and we’ve been applying an idea that is central to our design philosophy to our everyday life.  The balance of things that change [...]

20 04, 2020

Home Vegetable Garden DIY

By |2020-04-20T11:57:45-07:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Backyard Retreat|Tags: , , , , |

HOME-GROWN GROCERIES It’s the season to grow, and in spite of quarantine we are excited to get our yearly “urban farm” going here at home.  Going to the store has become one of those things we all really want to do less of, so the idea of planting what we like [...]

23 03, 2020

Backyard Stay-cations

By |2020-04-16T14:29:48-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Landscape Design|Tags: , , |

Backyard Stay-Cations When our Spring vacations were cancelled, we were as disappointed as anyone.  But on the plus side, we’ve been thinking more about the art of the Stay-cation, and how we can bring rest and relaxation home to our own backyards.  The concept of the “Stay-cation” isn’t new (though the [...]

9 03, 2020

Screening The Landscape

By |2020-04-16T14:30:15-07:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Landscape Design|

Screening The Landscape The private retreat experience is a must when designing residential landscapes. Every landscape benefits from at least one space that feels safe, sheltered and secluded. For some homeowners, the privacy of a front gate or fence keeps the entire property a private space, while for others a garden nook [...]