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Sunset Western Garden

We didn’t know we could love Sunset any more than we already did! Newly issued Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping features several of our projects from across The Bay Area along with pages and pages of other gorgeous projects. We know how hard it is put these books together, and we are impressed and honored to be featured!

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What fun! Thank you Evelyn Hadden for including one of our San Francisco projects in her image and information packed book.

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We are pleased to announce Arterra-Art -  a new line of garden furnishings from Arterra Landscape Architects. Check out our new website and help spread the word!





Garden Lighting Design

We love being included in this gorgeous iBook by Barbara P. Meister.  Interactive book includes are photos, videos and short descriptions of 40 different gardens from 5 continents. The link below will take you itunes where you can download it.

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Gold Award From APLD

We are pleased to announce our Gold Medal Award from APLD for The Painterly Approach/Tiburon Hillside. Association of Professional Landscape Designers is a wonderful group and we excited by their recognition. Link below goes to APLD’s website where you can see photos our project along with the other winners.


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Sunset Magazine October 2013

Sunset Magazine featured images of Tiburon Hillside for an article titled “Water-wise Garden Design”. Thomas J Story caught a beautiful shot of the sun going down just behind the garden.The link below will take you to Sunset’s website and the article.


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Marin Magazine: Building the Ultimate Green Home

Marin Magazine ran a cover story on one of our projects in Marin County. Great site and an amazing client. Needless to say , we were very pleased to see it on the cover! Clink on the link below to read the full article.


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California Home & Design Home Tour

CH&D featured our “Gathering Table” project as one of their homes tours. Such a fun client and project – great to see it in the blogosphere of CH&D!


Arterra San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

curiously different

Curiously Different blog snapped some great photos of the shadows cast through our resin panels at the SF Flower and Garden Show.


Garden Trends

SF Gate’s One Dozen Garden Trends

Deb Wandell of SF Chronicle thinks our use of bold colors at the SF Flower & Garden Show is trend. We like that!


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SF Chronicle 2013 SF Flower & Garden Show

Laramie Treviño included several photos along with a nice review of our garden in her article about this years San Francisco Flower in Garden Show. We made the cover image for the Home and Garden section that weekend!




Member Spotlight

NAWBO San Francisco, (National Association of Women Business Owners) featured Kate in the Members Spotlight. Nice little spotlight for Arterra and Kate’s design influences. The link below will take you to the article.



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The Art of The Wood Fence

Lise Funderburg wrote a inspiring article for the Winter 2012 Garden Design Magazine about wood fences. She featured ‘Contemporary Update’ as an example of using fences as a dramatic backdrops. Pick up an issue when you can and we will provide a link once the article is available on line.

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All Aglow

Sunset Magazine, November 2012 featured our ‘Contemporary Update’ in article about  firepits. The story was expanded for the website and the link below will take you to Sunset’s page.




Garden Within Walls

Garden within Walls

Barbara P. Meister recently published a new book about vibrant courtyard gardens tucked behind walls and we do love the cover! This title is currently only available in German, but stay tuned for more books in this series that should be coming out in English.



Cal Poly Alumni News

Vera was selected as one of the Alumni  to highlight in Cal Poly’s 2011-12 SLO Journal. Great images along with a write-up about our Sunset Idea House garden in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Small Firms Great Projects 2012

SF-AIA and ASLA publish a great directory called Small Firms Great Projects. Below is a link to our 2012 listing.



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Endless Summer!

Sunset Magazine (Sept 2012) featured a beautiful double page spread of our recently completed project in Woodside, CA “Homestead On Whiskey Hill”.


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Rules to Design By: The principles and elements of landscape design

Debra Prinzing interviewed Vera for part of  a wonderful article in Alaska Airlines Magazine.

Below is the link to the online version and the story starts on page 97



Hello, Sunshine

Stacey Lindsey of Remodelista featured one of our projects in her article for Glo about stunning porches and patios. What a great selection she found!

View her article and collection of images here

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The Architects’ Take

Kate was interviewed for The Architects’ Take  – Women In Architecture Interview Series. Links to the interview are below, and be sure to follow the series. Rebecca Firestone selected some fantastic Architects to interview and we are honored to be amongst them.

Read the interviews here
(Kate’s Interview) or (The Series)



Pool pavilion now a comfortable, relaxing shelter

Homestead on Whiskey Hill was featured in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. We worked collaboratively with  Russ Dotter of Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture + Design and the homeowners on this project and we are still enamored with the finished project.

Read the article here


A Deeper Shade of Green

Anh-Minh Le, Special to the Chronicle, featured our Palo Alto: Green Point Rated residence on the cover of the San Francisco Chronicle Home & Garden section. We were so honored to be a part of the design team alongside Cathy Schwabe Architects and over the moon for this special feature!

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Green Compliance Plus!

Rebecca Firestone recently wrote a very informative article about Green Roofs and had this to say about Kate & Vera…

” Kate Stickley and Vera Gates were so much fun that I thought I’d ask them about Living Roofs – not exactly energy compliance, but a “green building” topic nonetheless. Turns out they’ve done several, and as landscape architects, they bring an artistry and a focus on creating a meaningful sense of place…”

Read the article here

Palo Alto Weekly

Going Green, Fitting In!

Carol Blitzer of Palo Alto Weekly, wrote a wonderful review of  The GreenPoint Rated Residence in Palo Alto. Cathy Schwabe Architecture designed the house and we were honored to be a part of the design team.

Read the article here


The Architects’ Take

Rebecca Firestone of Mark English Architects, featured Vera and Kate in a recent article in The Architects’ Take.

You can read the article here


Remodelista: Architect Visits & House Calls

Remodelista’s correspondent, Carleigh ran a very nice feature of us in their “Architect Visits & House Calls” section.

Thanks Carleigh!

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San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2011

Arterra’s Principals, Kate Stickley and Vera Gates lead a seminar on The Terraced Hillside at the 2011 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.

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Sunset’s 2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards

We are proud to be Sunset’s Small Space winner for the 2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards.
The tiny San Francisco backyard appears larger than its 1,000 square feet. Alternating bands of stone paving and pebbles give the ground rhythm and movement, while polished steel balls reflect light and clouds, adding the illusion of space. “It’s low maintenance but high style—a garden to live in but not take care of,” our judges said.

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Sunset Books

Sunset Backyard Cottages & Gazebos, the latest book in the Outdoor Design & Build Guide series features several of our projects.
Available at most bookstores and on line at Powell’s Books.

Sunset Barbecues

Sunset Books

Sunset Barbecues & Outdoor Kitchens, a new book in the Outdoor Design & Build Guide series features many of our projects, including the one on the cover.
Available at most bookstores and on line at Powell’s Books.


2010 Small Firms, Great Projects AIA/CH&D

Arterra’s sculptural and environmentally sustainable projects are featured in this annual nod to outstanding design.



Desire to Inspire, August 10, 2010

Design bloggers Jo and Kim are on a mission to “showcase their passion for all things beautiful around the home.” They came across the Arterra site and liked what they saw.



Green Chamber of Commerce April 2010

“Interview with Green Chamber Member: Arterra Landscape Architects”

Interview with Arterra co-founder Kate Stickley about sustainability as a design principle and not just a buzzword.



Sunset magazine, March 2010

“How to Garden Anywhere” featured Arterra’s custom vertical garden tower, and discusses how limited space is no longer an excuse for not growing edibles.



Landscape Architecture Magazine, January 2009 Cover Story

“Green House in the City”

Contemporary design and inventive, sustainable elements on the Sunset Idea House landed Arterra a Landscape Architecture cover and feature story.



San Francisco Chronicle, December 2009

’111-Year-Old Conservatory Reopens’

“Arterra co-founder Vera Gates was a vital part of the Friends of Sunnyside Conservatory, the community group that pushed the city to refurbish the building in the Sunnyside neighborhood.”



The San Francisco Examiner, June 25, 2009

‘Cape Cod comes to St. Francis Wood’

“Classic angles are softened with a playful mix of curved elements, and East Coast materials and artifacts blend seamlessly with local plantings in this San Francisco yard.”



The San Francisco Examiner, June 10, 2009

‘Terrace is Pretty and Functional’

“Hills are a fact of life in San Francisco, but Arterra transformed this uneven terrain into a beautiful, multi-functional outdoor living space.”



The San Francisco Examiner, May 28, 2009

‘Elegant Cow Hollow Water Garden’

“Arterra took a bland space and provided depth and movement by approaching the entire garden as a sculpture, incorporating a grand fountain and bronze colonnade.”



NAWBO May 15, 2009

Rising Star Finalists!

Arterra co-founders, Vera Gates and Kate Stickley were recognized as 2009 Rising Star Finalist by the Association of Women Business Owners San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s  25th Annual Women Entrepreneurs of the Year.


Sunset Magazine, March 2008

“Eco Design goes Glam in San Francisco”

Sunset’s Idea House 2007 incorporated sustainable features without losing style. Arterra’s outdoor renovation is a bold mix of color, fun and functionality.



ProBuilder August, 2006

“Decked Out”   Landscape professionals offer builders advice for building better decks.

Arterra co-founder Vera Gates offers advice on designing a deck that extends the interior living space.


Landscape Architecture September, 2005

“Maintaining the High Ground”

Arterra co-founder Kate Stickley was an active participant in the redesign of the grounds at Coit Tower and educational gardens for schoolyards in San Francisco.

San Francisco Chronicle March, 1996

“What’s New in the Garden – Latest developments reflect the California lifestyle”

One of Vera’s garden designs was featured on the cover page of the Home section as an example of how to add dimension into the garden through material selection.

San Francisco Chronicle April,1995

“Open Invitation to A Garden Party”

The Chronicle’s review of the Garden Show, featured Vera’s creative design.