The Golden Door (San Diego, California)

One of the world's exclusive spas, The Golden Door, San Diego, California. Takendo Arii created this garden using natural materials and locally grown plants. Arii also built winding paths, different levels of elevation and water-efficient ponds to create an aesthetic Japanese look.


Private Property (San Diego, California)

A pine-shaded yard in Mount Helix is transformed into a peaceful retreat, where rushing water tempts the owners outdoors year-round.

15th Annual "Gardens of the Year" Timeless Prize Award (2009 San Diego Home & Garden)

10th Annual "Gardens of the Year" Grand Prize Award (2004 San Diego Home & Garden)


Waterfall Garden (La Jolla, California)

A steep slope on this La Jolla private property becomes the basis for rushing waterfall in the Japanese-style garden.

GOLDEN TROWEL AWARDS (1996 Garden design magazine)


Private Property (Rancho Santa Fe, California)

This Rancho Santa Fe Property is a large landscape with strong oriental flavor. The impressive rock work and large koi ponds make you feel you are in Japan.

"Garden of the Year" award of Best Professional Garden Design (1996 San Diego Home & Garden)

Landscape State Trophy Award (First Place for Category Design and Build 1993 C.L.C.A.)


Private Property (San Diego, California)

A waterfall becomes the dynamic focus of a steep Point Loma lot as it flows beneath the home's glass-enclosed entryway before cascading 15 feet down a boulder-strewn stream bed into the garden below.

Best of Show and Outstanding Achievement Award for a Single Family Residence (Landscape Design/Construction) (1984 San Diego Home & Garden and AIA)


Private Property (San Diego, California)

This compact Japanese garden leads from the front entry around the side of the house to the back property. It's in a world of its own, and though small, gives a sense of space.