Alameda County Fairgrounds
APRIL 4 – 7, 2024

Garden Creators: Ahmed Hassan Landscape
Garden Designers: Ahmed Hassan

Best Specimen Tree
Third Place

silver medal



It is said one man’s junk is another’s treasure. This is true in our garden. The retaining walls were the foundation of a long-forgotten building just days before. Now they create an embracing outdoor social area with a fire pit for winter enjoyment; comfortable seating options open this outside refuge to hours of fun with family and friends. The walls give way to beautify plantings and an expanse of lawn…but not a normal lawn. This is Kurapia ground cover sod, from Delta Bluegrass Co.; a very distinctive drought-tolerant option to traditional lawns. Once established, it requires 60% less water than standard lawns; in some cases less than the shrubbery currently being used to replace lawns.


  • Best Specimen Tree