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Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition', affectionately known also as Eyebrow Grass

TIERRA MADRE provides specialized plant design and maintenance services for residential gardens in Santa Cruz County. 


Home gardens connect individual properties to the larger ecosystem and community. By choosing plants adapted to our climate and region and caring for them in ways that encourage species diversity and resource conservation we inspire an appreciation for the natural world and contribute to more beautiful and sustainable communities. 

When it comes to selecting materials for construction, we strive to utilize local reclaimed and recycled materials. We'd love to talk to you about sourcing timber and mulch from local arborists or repurposing stone or concrete already in your backyard. 


Hallie Schmidt is an artist and scientist and has been immersed in plants and humans’ relationship to them for 15 years. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Public Horticulture program, she has studied California native plants and ecology, horticulture, landscape design, sustainable farming, and outdoor education. Her experience as a horticulturist maintaining established gardens, such as those at the historic Filoli in Woodside, gives her an edge in creating landscapes that will succeed and be practical to maintain, in addition to being beautiful. 


Hallie holds her Landscape Contractor’s license. She has written for and been featured in Pacific Horticulture Magazine. She is also the founder of Tierra Madre HIVE, a collective of female landscape business owners of the Bay Area. 

Hallie Schmidt
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