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Thursday, 11 May 2017 17:02

CVWD recognizes community water savers

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors today honored a Cathedral City couple and a Palm Desert HOA with conservation awards.… Read on
The unusually wet winter season in the Coachella Valley hasn’t solved all of our drought issues, as despite the abundance of rain, the hydrologic issues from California’s years-long drought will take years to recover.  It’s due to this fact – and the recognition that California generally is perennially in a state of drought -- that the governor has determined that the stringent irrigation requirements implemented over the last few years will remain in place.  In a sense, this is GREAT news, in that the beautiful drought tolerant aesthetic most Southern Californians are learning to appreciate in their landscaping is as…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:11

RGA Turns 40 Years Old

In 1977, Jimmy Carter became president, “Tonight’s the Night” by Rod Stewart was the number one song on the billboard charts, the first Star Wars movie was released in theaters, punk rock was born and Elvis died. It’s also the year that RGA Landscape Architects got its start. Milestone birthdays are exciting. You turn 16 and get your license. On your 18th birthday, you legally become an adult. At 21, you can finally enjoy alcoholic beverages. As you enter your 30s, you finally feel like the adult you legally became 12 years prior. And then there’s 40. You’re older, wiser,…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 20:00

What Have You Done for My HOA Lately?

At RGA Landscape Architects, we specialize in working with HOAs, not just in implementing our designs and ideas to fit a community’s needs and budget, but also in updating a community’s look and its changing needs. Over the past few months, we’ve finished a landscape installation at one of our favorite properties, Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert. To give you an idea of our design aesthetic, here are some of the elements we used in our installation. Entry grasses Grasses are an integral part of the new landscape design theme. These grasses are drought tolerant and easy to…
Thursday, 30 June 2016 18:56

A Shady Topic

Desert living comes with many perks, topping that list is enjoying our beautiful outside desert landscapes year-round. In the Coachella Valley, many local cities require the provision of shade in the layout of parking lots by using trees and covered parking. In addition to this, architectural designs are expected to provide passive solar mitigation over windows and significant shade areas where people might congregate. Community centers are expected to provide trellis covers and address walkways and trail systems with arbors and trees – especially in rest nodes and destination areas. So what can you do to provide more shade on…
With temperatures rising in the Coachella Valley, it can be hard to believe any plants are able to survive in this weather. There is a type of plant we call “bulletproof” that not only survives, but thrives in this climate. These plants require less maintenance, and importantly in the drought we’re experiencing, are hardy and don’t require much water. Last summer, we gave a list of some we like. Here is this year’s edition of our selection of bulletproof plants! Agave Americana, Agave   Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Desert Red Bird of Paradise Lantana camara, Lantana Yucca recurvifolia, Weeping Yucca Fouquiera splendens,…
Monday, 18 April 2016 19:11

Leading the Way in LEED

RGA was recently awarded a LEED Platinum Certification for our work on the County Law building in Indio, as well as LEED Silver Certification for our work on the COD Visual Arts Center Building. Right away, you may have many questions. Like: Wow, how is your team so talented? And: How many of these certifications do you have? And most of all: What IS LEED Certification, anyway? All valid questions! LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and per the official website, “is changing the way we think about how building and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and…
Despite most of the attention being on golf course, country clubs and housing communities, many other landscaping features have just as urgent a need for water efficiency. Last year, Governor Brown implemented requirements for cemeteries, golf courses, and campuses to make significant cuts in water usage. There has been no shortage of national media attention on water waste with golf courses, but very little about the expansive lawn areas in cemeteries. People who are visiting deceased loved ones are very sensitive to lawns going brown, so that is a real concern for cemeteries who are being asked to cut back…
Building longstanding relationships with our clients is a crucial part of what we do at RGA. One client, Ironwood Country Club, came to us in 2008 with purely practical needs. Having extensive experience in both water savings and working with Homeowners Associations we were ideally suited to help meet their needs. Working with the master association and enhancement committee we established a plan which helped the community initiate a multi-year street replacement plan. This involved removal of all the streets, including the base layer and installation of new asphalt. They recognized that the existing spray irrigation and resulting runoff had…
Friday, 11 December 2015 19:52

Does your HOA need a Landscape Architect?

In a word, YES! Landscaping is one of an HOA’s biggest assets and a landscape architectural firm can be your best resource for adding value to your property through the design of an attractive and low maintenance requiring landscape. When potential residents visit your property, their first impression will be vital in the opinion they form. Before they even set foot out of their car and onto your property, the landscaping will already speak volumes and play no small part in whether they view the community as welcoming and attractive or rundown and poorly maintained. Sustainability and drought tolerance are…
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