Markham Ranch

In the pristine pastoral reaches of Markham Ranch, beneath the iconic Castle Rocks, a heroic formation that rises like columnar ruins along the horizon; the first responsibility was to restore the health of cattle-run soil to what John Steinbeck had named the “Pastures of Heaven.” After restoring 10 acres, infusing the soil with organic compost and other fungi for nutrients and moisture, and preparing two more acres for horticulture, Comeau Design reused excess soil to created privacy berms across the open expanse, and restored the native grasses. Once the estate architecture rose up from the landscape, a stone-and-stucco complement to Castle Rocks, a stone patio was laid, extending to a vibrant garden planted in the immediate environs.

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