Deborah Shaw, owner of Deborah Shaw Restoration & Landscape, describes the landscape of the Ladera Lane residence as "a unique example of California native plants in a contemporary landscape design." Shaw, along with a team of individuals who worked together to design and build the home, will be honored at the 47th Annual Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards event.
Serena Lee

Deborah Shaw Restoration & Landscape, a local company, has been recently recognized by the nonprofit organization Santa Barbara Beautiful for its landscaping work on a private residence. The property, located on Ladera Lane in Santa Barbara, has been selected as the winner of the Santa Barbara Beautiful 2011 Annual Awards in the category of “Large Residence.” Santa Barbara Beautiful recognizes exceptional beautification efforts with its monthly and annual awards.

Recently featured on the cover of Seasons Magazine, the Ladera Lane property is a contemporary glass and steel house utilizing green technology, including solar panels and a cool roof – a roofing system which consists of materials that very effectively reflect the sun’s energy from the roof’s surface. The award recognizes the team of individuals who worked together in a dedicated effort to design and build the home, including architect Barton Myers of BMA Architecture, Mark Rios of RCH Studios, Mark Caputo of Caputo Construction, and Deborah Shaw of Deborah Shaw Restoration & Landscape. The Award will be presented to the honorees during a ceremony at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall on Sunday, September 25.

Shaw, a 30-year Santa Barbara resident with over 20 years of experience in providing landscaping and restoration services, specializes in residential and commercial landscape installation and maintenance, as well as native-plant restoration. The company’s residential projects have been featured on the PBS television show “This Old House,” in Sunset Magazine, Seasons Magazine and Santa Barbara Magazine, and in local newspapers, including the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Barbara News-Press. Shaw graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in California Flora and Vegetation.

The landscape of the home is “a unique example of the use of California native plants in a contemporary landscape design,” says Shaw. “The effect is stunning.”

“Most people think native plant landscaping is simply a wildflower garden, drought-tolerant shrubs, or creating a meadow-like backyard. This landscape is different,” says Shaw. “The geometric lines and use of bold swaths of native plants, cut flagstone, slate, gravel and natural boulders blend seamlessly into the strolling paths that wind through the native Oaks on the property. The result is a landscape that is both ecologically sustainable and incredibly beautiful.”

About Deborah Shaw Restoration & Landscape

Deborah Shaw Restoration + Landscape performs all phases of landscape construction and maintenance, including irrigation, plant, tree and lawn installation, rock walls, stairs, and water features. The company’s projects include private residences, multi-family housing, housing subdivisions, public parks, creek restorations, wetland construction, shopping centers, public storage facilities, PUDs, retail stores, street frontage, retaining-wall construction and more. For more information about Deborah Shaw Restoration & Landscape please visit


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