Bernard Trainor

Raised on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, some 60 miles south of Melbourne, Bernard Trainor holds a design diploma from the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. Since 1995 he has practiced in Northern California, where his Pacific Grove office of six does largely residential work from Big Sur through the San Francisco Bay Area to Mendocino.

Photo by: Jason Liske/redwood Design; Designer: Bernard Trainor

The ocean pulls us to its edge with a primeval force. Toes in the sand, face caressed by sea breezes, we worship the beach as the symbol of idleness and renewal. But as a habitat, the beach is no picnic. The sand we so blissfully let slip through our fingers is nutrient poor, doesn't hold water and is constantly shifting. Winds can be battering. And as anyone who has salted a driveway for snow and ice knows, salt can have a withering effect on plants.