Beautiful Landscapes in Harmony with Nature
Let me introduce myself.
I love desert gardening—but I didn’t always!
Having gardened for a decade in the Midwest, I wondered if I’d ever figure out the secret to desert gardening when we moved to Arizona in 1990.
The grassy lawns of our neighborhood made no sense to me in the desert, and the “xeriscape” gardens around town appeared flat and one-dimensional. And, growing vegetables for our family seemed nearly impossible. I either over-watered or under-watered the plants, but couldn’t find a happy medium.
Do you ever feel frustrated with gardening in an arid climate?
Through lots of trial and error, reading everything I could get my hands on, and talking to Arizona natives and nursery owners, I finally saw our garden take shape.
The soil became rich and fertile with applications of organic mulch. I discovered the plants that could thrive with minimums of water. And I learned some tricks about how much (or little) to water. Our garden became a thing of beauty and enjoyment, and our vegetable garden produced food for our family
Do feel like you’re constantly fighting Nature? Tired of all the maintenance?
Even with all my newfound knowledge, I realized that I was trying to force my will on Nature…. Until I discovered permaculture design.
With Permaculture I finally had a system that provided a framework for working with Nature in designing my landscape. After that, gardening took on a new richness, vibrance and ease—and, I was caring for the Earth at the same time!
Are you ready for a landscape that is beautiful, provides enjoyment and is easy to maintain?
That’s why I started Westgate Garden Design: to help Arizona gardeners shorten the learning curve of desert gardening and to create gardens that reflect their own uniqueness and landscape desires, all while caring for the Earth.
If you’re ready to trade in your gardening frustration for a beautiful landscape in harmony with Nature, let’s talk!
“All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden.”
– Geoff Lawton
Native & Rain Gardens
Butterfly & Sensory Gardens
Who doesn’t love hummingbirds and butterflies? Along with the beauty of the plants that attract them, pollinators add their own beauty as they flit around our gardens—all while performing an important function for Nature!
Permaculture Landscape Design
Here’s What Clients are Saying About Charlene
“Charlene came to my house today and was such a GREAT help. I feel so much more confident and focused since talking to her. Tremendous suggestions. Call her with any doubts or confusion what so ever…she is so so knowledgeable.”