After graduating from the Atelier d'Arts in Paris, Catherine Bosler moved to Los Angeles to study at UCLA. She graduated with a BA from the Department of Theater Film and Television and had a fulfilling 18 year career working as an Art Director/Production Designer for TV commercials and film productions.
When it was time for a change, she combined her design skills with the love of architecture and gardens to return back to UCLA and studied Landscape Architecture in the Landscape Architecture Program at UCLA Extension. Catherine presented her thesis in 2008 and graduated with distinction from the department for her presentation, "Baldwin Hills - The reclamation of an oil field into a multi-beneficial energy space".
Since graduating from UCLA, she has assisted in teaching Autocad in the UCLA Landscape Architecture program and freelanced with landscape designers/architects before founding Bosler Earth Design.
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The California Fusion Garden
A drought tolerant landscape is designed with plants that are adapted to survive with less than normal rainfall. In response to the drought, more environmentally friendly gardens have started becoming a symbol of the modern Californian garden, prompted not only by cities’ water restriction laws, but also because of their vibrant designs. Drought tolerant gardens can be lush, colorful, welcoming and more interesting than traditional lawns or gardens that work well in water abundant parts of the world. These gardens have become out of context here in Southern California like a drought tolerant garden would be in Ireland. We are not in England, Ireland or France so let’s explore and enjoy our environment with our own identity.
My specialty is to create drought tolerant gardens, while keeping in mind that the priority is to fulfill the needs, tastes and lifestyles of my clients. Working beside the client throughout the entire process ensures that not only are the aesthetic qualities of the design successful, but that each client is getting the space of their dreams.
There are many different plant palettes that tolerate drought better than others, which consist of: California Natives, succulents, along with both Mediterranean and Australian plant palettes. Traditionally, the landscape world focused on one of these palettes for designing gardens. However, my style is to mix each of them in order to achieve a more artistic garden that fulfills different purposes. Just as different ethnic cuisines of southern California create interesting fusions of food our landscape choices create a new identity for our community.
While I am planning and crafting a landscape, I think about each plant’s unique aura and how it fits into the emotion of the space. The succulents provide interesting colors and shapes all year long, while Californian natives bring life to the garden attracting butterflies and humming birds. Mediterranean plants are the biblical and spiritual plants of the space while Australian plants are the non-conformist specimens that personalize the garden.
The result that I thrive to create is a magical, soft, welcoming contemporary space that restores a balance between people and their environments.