A love of the islands inspired this backyard paradise
Photos by JOAN PAHOYO
S teve and Dana Geldman wanted to create a tropical retreat in their Westlake Village yard—no easy feat in the local arid climate. Steve took on the project with passion, personally tearing out existing landscaping and designing and implementing the garden plan including all irrigation and lighting. To begin, Steve had seven truckloads of high quality soil brought in, choosing different soil types suitable to various plants from specialty nurseries from Santa Barbara to San Diego. He used online sources for some of the exotics. Steve says he has plants indigenous to six continents. The project took two years to complete but that doesn’t mean it is ever really finished.