landscape architecture



A lesson in mitigating slope and maximizing luxurious livability

With its magnificent pool and spa setting, outdoor kitchen, vegetable gardens and meandering pathways, the Drue Residence in Lafayette is an outdoor entertainer’s dream.

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 But it did not begin this way.

Camp and Camp was hired to solve the homeowner’s challenge and desire to create a usable rear yard on a 2:1 slope with a relatively small flat area at the base.  Originally the project was ignited by the owners’ need for a larger parking garage and accessory dwelling unit along with a desire for outdoor entertaining.

Camp and Camp’s design team looked for creative solutions at every turn including lifting the pool edge so they could gain two vertical feet. From there, a raised bond beam set the stage for the rear pool wall and the elevated spa above. The final ascension to the pinnacle of the property: the exterior fireplace and roasting pit, and its adjacent living area, serves as the ideal outdoor entertaining and gathering place with views of the Diablo Valley.

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 The design team also optimized conditions for the property’s thriving vegetable and herb gardens.  Each zone of the yard is accessible through meandering garden walkways with stone slab stairs.

SAGE ADVICE by Camp & Camp

Fabulous Foliage: Combining colors, textures and foliage for a beautiful garden

As Spring flourishes with flower color, blooms in a carefully crafted garden may extend floral sequences past the term of the season, with strategic Summer bloomers maintaining interest extending well into the next season.

To attain optimal impact for color and texture in your garden throughout the coming seasons, Pamela Winther, Principal at Camp and Camp, suggests adding these candidates to your garden in clusters, borders or highlights.


·         Buddleja

·         Heuchera sanguinea

·         Helleborus

·         Spiraea bumalda “Gold flame”

·         Salvias

·         Nepeta “Walkers Low”

·         Achillea millefolium “Paprika”

·         Echinacea purpurea

·         Lavandula

·         Hemerocallis

·         Ornamental grasses

·         Phlomis fruticosa

·         Hepeta “Walkers Low”

GROW WITH US (...and it's ok to bring your dog, too) by Camp & Camp

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Ask anyone who works here. We love our clients and our work—almost as much as we love our animals! Our pets hold a special spot in Camp and Camp’s company culture.  Beyond our culture, and our shared philosophy of collaboration and customer service, Camp and Camp offers exciting career opportunities, competitive salaries and a full benefits package.

Camp and Camp is currently looking for high quality team members and seasoned landscape designers to join the firm. Email us here to learn more about professional opportunities with Camp and Camp.

Camp & Camp Associates Inc. is a leading landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, mixed use and public projects. If we can help you transform your next project, we’d love to hear from you.

 Camp and Camp Assoc. Inc.

2520 Camino Diablo Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Phone: 925-941-6490


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Pamela C.A. Winther  Principal

Pamela C.A. Winther


Camp and Camp is fortunate to have Pamela as a Senior Design Director for the last 8 years, and she was recently promoted to Principal in the firm. Pamela’s extensive experience—including landscape architectural design of public and institutional projects, hospitality sites, residential estates, hospitals, public parks, recreational facilities and schools—allows her to serve as a highly creative, competent and careful guide to Camp and Camp’s associates and projects.

 Having previously worked for leading urban design firms throughout the SF Bay Area, a consultant for the City of Walnut Creek, a landscape architect with the U.S. Forest Service in Lake Tahoe, and even a former adjunct college professor—Pamela approaches each project with a holistic perspective. She believes it’s the degree of customer service that Camp and Camp brings to its clients that differentiates them from other firms.

 Her career in landscape architecture came about very organically. A lifetime nature lover and hiking and camping enthusiast, Pamela has always been interested in art and the outdoors.  In our first “Around the Campfire” chat, Pamela shares what inspires her work.

1.       How did you start your career in landscape architecture & design?

My mother was a very talented, knowledgeable and creative gardener so I had an appreciation for exterior spaces from an early age. Art was my initial college major, but I had a friend in the Architecture Program at UC Berkeley who introduced me to Landscape Architecture.  It was a nice mix of both interests.

2.       As a landscape architect and urban planner, what’s the greatest impact or contribution you make in this field or in the community?

Educating the community on the importance of bringing nature into the urban environment, as well as being a steward for the existing open space and natural areas that we have.

3.       When you tell people about your job, what’s something that usually surprises them?

That planting design is very small part of what’s involved with a landscape architectural project.

4.       Of all the landscapes in the world, what’s your favorite scene or place to be?

I can always find some interesting landscape wherever I travel to. Some of my favorite destinations are California Redwoods, Desolation Valley in Tahoe, Europe and Hawaii. It’s hard to pick just one!

5.       Where do you draw inspiration that you bring into your work?

I draw inspiration from patterns and shapes in nature and the built environment; ideas from beautiful images in a magazine; or from trying to find a solution to a client’s specific challenge or desire. I am interested in how people use spaces and try to approach my design from that functional point of view.


April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of designed spaces around the world. This month-long celebration of landscape architecture and design, established by the American Society of Landscape Architects, aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives.

 In celebration of WLAM, we have picked two of our dynamic public and private projects, recently designed by the talented team at Camp & Camp.



Once a lost railroad town, this now dated commercial area is set to transform into vibrant village living and retail businesses near Downtown Walnut Creek

Camp and Camp is honored to have been selected by Hall Equities Group to handle the urban planning and landscape design for Saranap Village—a mixed-use revitalization project located in West Walnut Creek, at the intersection of Boulevard Way and Saranap Avenue. Retail highlights may include a high-quality grocer, family friendly sit-down restaurant, wine bar, and local coffee shop. The residential component of the project will include apartments as well as condominiums and townhomes.

Camp and Camp is involved in the extensive public infrastructure improvements, including the design of a landscaped roundabout featuring a site specific public art structure, that emphasizes a village environment.

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Saranap Village is a dynamic, out-of-the-box project with so many creative facets at play. It’s thrilling for us to collaborate with such a visionary developer and talented design team,” said Terry Camp. “The history of the site is also truly fascinating. Saranap is perhaps one of the last public right-of-ways in the County. The County’s plan originally called for a wider expressway, as it had been expanding as an industrial and commercial area over time. However, at Saranap’s core is a robust community, with great history and tremendous potential—an area ripe for redevelopment. Our client’s vision was to see a true village, giving a sense of place and community, allowing Saranap its rightful place in the vibrant mix of Walnut Creek.”

Saranap Village’s urban plan and architectural design ethos, above all, set out to create a vibrant, pedestrian friendly environment. This will be accomplished by narrowing roadways and creating a roundabout to slow traffic, adding street parking for tenants and visitors, as well as designing public plazas. A dramatic sense of arrival is experienced via unique signage and a striking public art installation soaring 25-foot high—all of which will adds vitality to this new shopping and living district.

Saranap’s history is yet another interesting tale. An unincorporated pocket near the freeway interchange, where 24 meets 680, you could drive from Lafayette to Walnut Creek and pass through Saranap without ever knowing it.  Saranap is a long-lost railroad town and, ironically, the only place that honors it is the Saranap Filling Station at the cross of Boulevard Way and Olympic Boulevard. The filling station sits where the train depot used to. This dates back to 1911, when passenger service on the Oakland & Antioch line came down from Bay Point, headed for San Francisco Bay.  By 1913, it took just an hour and a half, by ferry and electric rail, to get from the city to the destination called Ramon Junction. Summer homes sprouted up. Soon a branch line to Danville was in the works, and it was decided that Ramon Junction needed a more dignified name. Thus, the name Saranap was born from one of the two main landowners’ mother, Sara Napthaly—an abridgement her first and last names.