Mojave Rock Ranch Reinvents the Desert Garden
Take a visual stroll through this unusual landscape to see what innovative designers achieve when faced with a huge arid site surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs.
In the most barren country of the Mojave Desert there's a garden built around a curious house created by the landscape design team of Gino Dreese and Troy Williams. As lovers of cactus and unconventional stonework, they designed what may be the most outstanding high desert garden in the Southwest. Sequestered on a rocky ridge north of Joshua Tree National Park, it is a project where views are paramount and living spaces are carefully designed for protection from the blistering sun and persistent winds. Above all it is a true garden where cactus and desert species are planted in high density resembling perennial borders, and bedrock conditions are solved by elevating planting areas using indigenous stone.