Gates & Croft Horticultural Design

(661) 299-5383

Services Provided
Landscape design, consulting, coaching, illustrations, garden writing, seminars

Business Description
Jane is a garden designer, landscape contractor, artist (painter and illustrator), horticulturist, author and garden columnist with more than 30 years of experience. The company's focus is to find a perfect blend of beauty and sustainability with each client's taste and budget. New garden book: "All the Garden's a Stage: Choosing the Best Performing Plants for a Sustainable Garden" available in April 2012.
Check out Jane's blog at
Artwork is at
Santa Clarita, CA US 
Jane Gates 
15004 Daffodil,
Santa Clarita, California,
United States, 91387 
Gates & Croft Horticultural Design is following serge928
April 7, 2014
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Advice on Canyon Farming From L.A.'s Vegetable Whisperer

See how a screened garden house and raised beds help an edible garden in a Los Angeles canyon thrive Full Story
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Hey Annie. Nice article! You might also want to see my whimsical version of a 'screenhouse' I designed for a drier (and more animal invasive) part of Los Angeles County. I did the same thing, but wanted to do something that was more decorative to look at. (See my Houzz page:
). I used all recycled materials for the faux exterior. And since our summer sun is intense enough to fry tomatoes on the vine, a repurposed shade cloth roof (on which I painted a shingle pattern) is practical as well as decorative. With the extreme drought we are experiencing in SoCal, this is definitely the best way to keep the poor, starving wildlife away from our edibles.
March 30, 2014 at 7:33am     
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I hope it's okay to answer some of these questions, Annie -- and Laurie. Bees ARE vital so the metal mesh should be at least 1/2". (Expect some air borne pests will also sneak in.) For colder climates you might want to try a removable roof although flakes should filter through any 1/2' wire netting (unless there is a LOT of sticky, wet snow). I've not seen one of these enclosures for sale, but for the job I posted above, the framework was reused from a tattered greenhouse. The whole project, including the raised beds, came in under $500 for materials.
March 30, 2014 at 12:46pm     
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Also do not use treated lumber in or near water - the reason it does not rot is because it is poisonous to life. Railroad ties count as treated lumber - any form of treatment. If using reclaimed wood older than say thirty years check it for lead content if it has any remnants of paint on it. If you are planting next to a structure that is over 30 years old (or if there was ever a structure there that is now "gone") check the soil for lead - the plants will absorb it. By the by - if you are in a dry area consider using stone mulch - a "trick" I learned in Arkansas - went back after almost thirty years and the plants are still doing fine (unattended). Planting next to a side walk or the like has some of the same benefits.
April 1, 2014 at 10:18am   
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I really like the idea of screening in a small vegetable garden when the critters are taking over. Thanks for the idea!
April 8, 2014 at 12:39pm     
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I had a wonderful experience working with Jane Gates and I highly recommend her! Earlier this month, I left messages with several landscape designers in my a...
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Jane Gates helped with landscaping in my back yard. This involved helping to select plants, plant placement, water feature planning, and whether or not to plan...
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I had the pleasure of working with Jane Gates recently to consult on a patio landscaping project. I also attended one of her professional seminars on drought to...
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I have worked with Jayne of Gates and Croft for over 10 years. She has always done a remarkable job. She takes great pride in her work and makes sure everythi...
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