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About Quite Contrary Garden Design

A design company dedicated to creating beautiful garden spaces, Quite Contrary Garden Design is owned by award-winning designer Mary Te Selle. Here are some of her latest activities:

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers Award 2010
  • Garden Creator, Silver Award "Twice Upon a Treehouse" "A Modern Fairy Tale" 2010
  • Garden Creator, Bronze Award, "The Return of Paradiso," 2009
  • Garden Creator, Crystal Award, "Old World, New World," 2007

Golden Trowel Award

  • Garden Design Magazine "America's Best Backyards," Dec. 2000/Jan. 2001 issue.

Golden Trowel Merit Award

  • Garden Design Magazine, "Love Stories — How Our Passions Shape Our Plots," Dec. 1997/Jan. 1998 issue

Ross Garden Tour — Ross, California, May 2005

Travels & Studies

  • England: Great Dixter — Christopher Lloyd, Sept. 2000, Sept. 2003
  • South America: Chile and Patagonia

Garden Talks Topics:

  • Sloat Nurseries — Butterflies, Containers, Shade Gardens, Children's Gardens.
  • San Anselmo Art + Design Festival — summer 2004, summer 2005
  • Marin Art + Garden Club — "The Art of Design," summer 2005"
  • Annies Annual Nursery — "How to Make a Big WOW!," fall 2005


  • APLD — Association of Professional Landscape Designers
  • CalHort — California Horticultural Society

Fun Things

  • Children's Gardens
  • Worm Farming
  • Exotic Chickens
  • Composting
  • Butterfly + Hummingbird Gardens