A stunning estate located on the Malibu bluffs overlooking the beach was renovated by our clients with the intention of creating a “Palm Beach meets Maui” theme. The spectacular new entry and driveway of European cobble stone was made even more dramatic by the tunnel effect created by the fronds of the mature Phoenix canariensis palms. Several existing garden elements were retained within our new layout. The pool with a separate spa was redesigned and rebuilt with elegantly simple lines. A contemporary Japanese garden was developed in the front and the existing Koi pond in the rear was enhanced. The remaining plant palette is very tropical - we even hung orchids from the trees. Upon a guest\'s arrival, the gardens have an amazingly peaceful, calming quality, they flow seamlessly from one area to another, and it is a delight to wander around and then sit and watch the ocean from the vantage point on the bluff. Our clients were very involved in the design process and were on site every day, the house had been a family get-away for years prior to the remodel and there was a strong emotional connection to both the house and garden. In fact our fun “deadline” for the garden’s completion was for a family wedding.