In The Press

The Garden Bible

San Francisco Chronicle

Anh-Minh Le featured our landscape design in her wonderful article on Katherine North Carroll of Northbrook Design's home.

Garden Tribe

Garden Tribe featured a great interview with Kate on their blog. It includes Kate's top five tips for growing an environmentally friendly garden.


Novedge interviewed designer Alyssa Erickson for their great blog. Be sure to read for the behind the scenes of Arterra and Alyssa's design process. 

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle's writer Sophia Markoulakis featured our project the Painterly Approach in a wonderful article, "Landscapes for Fire & Rain." 

21st century sustainable homes

Our project the Sunset Idea House with John Lum was featured in 21st Century Sustainable Homes.

Garden Design

Garden Design Magazine included a beautiful spread of our project The Gathering Table in their summer edition.

Sunset's easy care plantings

Sunset featured some of our projects in their beautiful book Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings. What a gorgeous book!

Design milk

Our California Modern project in Palo Alto is on the front page of Design Milk!


Thank you, Dwell, for this wonderful article about our project with Klopf Architecture in Palo Alto, Indoor-Outdoor Home by a Midcentury Master Gets a Faithful Update.

california Home + Design

We won the California Home + Design Award for Landscape Design for our project The Painterly Approach in Tiburon. Thank you, California Home + Design!


The very inspiring Contemporist included the The Gathering Table in their round up of inspiring firepits!

best of houzz, 2015

We won Best of Houzz in both Design and Service this year! Thank you to everyone who left kind words about us or added our images to their ideabooks!

extérieurs design

What a fabulous feature in the French magazine Extérieurs Design -Le magazine du novel art de vivre outdoor. (Exterior Design -The magazine of the new art of outdoor living.)

Design Milk

We love that we were able to provide Jaime Derringer of Design Milk with some inspiration for color for her new backyard. Can't wait to see her design!


A nice feature in an elegant magazine. Our project The Gathering Table was featured in Luxe Magazine's Scene. We've been loving scrolling through their Luxe Source online, too.

Sunset Western Garden

Sunset Western Garden Landscaping

We didn’t know we could love Sunset any more than we already did! Newly issued Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping features several of our projects from across The Bay Area along with pages and pages of other gorgeous projects. We know how hard it is put these books together, and we are impressed and honored to be featured!





Hellstrip Gardening

What fun! Thank you Evelyn Hadden for including one of our San Francisco projects in her image and information packed book, Hellstrip Gardening.

Hellstrip Gardening

Garden Lighting Design

We love being included in this gorgeous iBook by Barbara P. Meister.  Interactive book includes are photos, videos and short descriptions of 40 different gardens from five continents.

Sunset Magazine, “Water-wise Garden Design”

Sunset Magazine featured images of Tiburon Hillside for an article titled “Water-wise Garden Design”. Thomas J Story caught a beautiful shot of the sun going down just behind the garden.


Marin Magazine, "The Quest for Zero"

Marin Magazine ran a cover story on one of our projects in Marin County. Great site and an amazing client. Needless to say, we were very pleased to see it on the cover! Read the full article.


California Home & Design Home Tour

CH&D featured our “Gathering Table” project as one of their home tours. Such a fun client and project — great to see it in the blogosphere of CH&D!

Curiously Different Blog

Curiously Different blog snapped some great photos of the shadows cast through our resin panels at the SF Flower and Garden Show.


SF Gate’s One Dozen Garden Trends

Deb Wandell of SF Chronicle thinks our use of bold colors at the SF Flower & Garden Show is a trend. We like that!

San Francisco Chronicle "2013 S.F. Flower and Garden Show"

Laramie Treviño included several photos along with a nice review of our garden in her article about this years San Francisco Flower in Garden Show. We made the cover image for the Home and Garden section that weekend!

Member Spotlight, National Association of Women Business Owners

NAWBO San Francisco, (National Association of Women Business Owners) featured Kate in the Members Spotlight. Nice little spotlight for Arterra and Kate’s design influences.

Garden Design, "The Art of The Wood Fence"

Lise Funderburg wrote an inspiring article for the Winter 2012 Garden Design Magazine about wood fences. She featured ‘Contemporary Update’ as an example of using fences as a dramatic backdrops

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Sunset Magazine, "All Aglow"

Sunset Magazine, November 2012 featured our ‘Contemporary Update’ in article about  firepits. Check out the expanded online version here.


Garden within Walls

Barbara P. Meister recently published a fantastic book about vibrant courtyard gardens tucked behind walls and we do love the cover! It's only available in German, currently, but even if you don't speak the language, the images are gorgeous!

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Cal Poly Alumni News

Vera was selected as one of the Alumni to highlight in Cal Poly’s 2011-12 SLO Journal

Sunset Magazine, "Endless Summer!"

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Sunset Magazine (September 2012) featured a beautiful double page spread of our recently completed project in Woodside, CA “Homestead On Whiskey Hill”.


Alaska Airlines Magazine, "Rules to Design By: The principles and elements of landscape design"

Debra Prinzing interviewed Vera for part of  a wonderful article in Alaska Airlines Magazine.


Glo, "Hello, Sunshine"

Stacey Lindsey of Remodelista featured one of our projects in her article for Glo about stunning porches and patios. What a great selection she found!

The Architects' Take, "Women in Architecture"

Kate was interviewed for The Architects’ Take   Women In Architecture Interview Series. Rebecca Firestone selected some fantastic architects to interview.

San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, "Pool pavilion now a comfortable, relaxing shelter"

Homestead on Whiskey Hill was featured in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. We worked collaboratively with Russ Dotter of Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture + Design and the homeowners on this project and we are still enamored with the finished project.

San Francisco Chronicle, "A Deeper Shade of Green"

Anh-Minh Le, Special to the Chronicle, featured our Palo Alto: Green Point Rated residence on the cover of the San Francisco Chronicle Home & Garden section. We were so honored to be a part of the design team alongside Cathy Schwabe Architects and over the moon for this special feature!

Green Compliance Plus!

Rebecca Firestone recently wrote a very informative article about Green Roofs and had this to say about Kate & Vera…

"Kate Stickley and Vera Gates were so much fun that I thought I’d ask them about Living Roofs — not exactly energy compliance, but a “green building” topic nonetheless. Turns out they’ve done several, and as landscape architects, they bring an artistry and a focus on creating a meaningful sense of place…"

Palo Alto Weekly, "Going Green, Fitting In!"

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Carol Blitzer of Palo Alto Weekly, wrote a wonderful review of The GreenPoint Rated Residence in Palo Alto. Cathy Schwabe Architecture designed the house and we were honored to be a part of the design team.


The Architects' Take, "Sculpting the Land"

Rebecca Firestone of Mark English Architects, featured Vera and Kate in a recent article in The Architects’ Take.

Remodelista "Architect Visits & House Calls"

Remodelista featured The Sunset Idea House and the Emerging Garden in an Architect Visit.

Sunset’s 2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards

We are proud to be Sunset’s Small Space winner for the 2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards.
“The tiny San Francisco backyard appears larger than its 1,000 square feet. Alternating bands of stone paving and pebbles give the ground rhythm and movement, while polished steel balls reflect light and clouds, adding the illusion of space. “It’s low maintenance but high style—a garden to live in but not take care of,” our judges said.”

Pick up an April Issue or read the story on


Sunset Backyard Cottages & Gazebos

Sunset Backyard Cottages & Gazebos, the latest book in the Outdoor Design & Build Guide series features several of our projects.

Available at most bookstores and on line at Powell’s Books.


Sunset Barbecues & Outdoor Kitchens

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Sunset Barbecues & Outdoor Kitchens, a new book in the Outdoor Design & Build Guide series features many of our projects, including the one on the cover.
Available at most bookstores and on line at Powell’s Books.


Desire to Inspire

Design bloggers Jo and Kim are on a mission to “showcase their passion for all things beautiful around the home.” They came across the Arterra site and liked what they saw.

Green Chamber of Commerce

“Interview with Green Chamber Member: Arterra Landscape Architects”

A great interview with Arterra co-founder Kate Stickley about sustainability as a design principle and not just a buzzword.

Sunset Magazine, "How to Garden Anywhere"

How to Garden Anywhere” features Arterra’s custom vertical garden tower, and discusses how limited space is no longer an excuse for not growing edibles.


Landscape Architecture Magazine, “Green House in the City”

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Contemporary design and inventive, sustainable elements on the Sunset Idea House landed Arterra the Landscape Architecture cover and feature story.


San Francisco Chronicle, "111-Year-Old Conservatory Reopens"

“Arterra co-founder Vera Gates was a vital part of the Friends of Sunnyside Conservatory, the community group that pushed the city to refurbish the building in the Sunnyside neighborhood.”

San Francisco Examiner, "Cape Cod comes to St. Francis Wood"

“Classic angles are softened with a playful mix of curved elements, and East Coast materials and artifacts blend seamlessly with local plantings in this San Francisco yard.”

San Francisco Examiner, "Terrace is Pretty and Functional"

“Hills are a fact of life in San Francisco, but Arterra transformed this uneven terrain into a beautiful, multi-functional outdoor living space.”

San Francisco Examiner, "Elegant Cow Hollow Water Garden"

“Arterra took a bland space and provided depth and movement by approaching the entire garden as a sculpture, incorporating a grand fountain and bronze colonnade.

National Association of Women Business Owners, "Rising Star Finalists!"

Arterra co-founders, Vera Gates and Kate Stickley were recognized as 2009 Rising Star Finalist by the Association of Women Business Owners San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s  25th Annual Women Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Sunset Magazine, "Eco Design goes Glam in San Francisco

Sunset’s Idea House 2007 incorporated sustainable features without losing style. Arterra’s outdoor renovation is a bold mix of color, fun and functionality.


ProBuilder, "Decked out"

Arterra co-founder Vera Gates offers advice on designing a deck that extends the interior living space.

Landscape Architecture, "Maintaining the High Ground"

Arterra co-founder Kate Stickley was an active participant in the redesign of the grounds at Coit Tower and educational gardens for schoolyards in San Francisco.

San Francisco Chronicle, "What’s New in the Garden — Latest developments reflect the California lifestyle"

One of Vera’s garden designs was featured on the cover page of the Home section as an example of how to add dimension into the garden through material selection.

San Francisco Chronicle, "Open Invitation to A Garden Party"

The Chronicle’s review of the Garden Show, featured Vera’s creative design.