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Mojave Rock Ranch, Joshua Tree, CA

Mojave Rock Ranch is an extremely unique rock and bottle house, situated on 225 acres of pristine Mojave desert land, in Joshua Tree, CA. Looking more like and African lodge, this place has spectacular 360° views, unbelievable architecture, fantastic boulder formations, dry washes, snow covered mountain views and outrageous cactus gardens.

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“The Mojave Rock Ranch attracts all kinds of people from all over the world, and has become particularly popular with people in the music and film industries from Los Angeles and New York” – Christopher Griffin

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Article in DESERT MAGAZINE – The Desert Sun – September 2015

Green Gardens


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Local horticulturists and landscape designers create verdant yards with less water.

Words by Ashley Breeding | Photographs by Lance Gerber

The term “desertscaping” often conjures images of a barren aesthetic — a bed of decomposed granite sparsely dotted with cactus — that mimics the most arid wild desert landscape. And while a return to native planting is imperative amid California’s historic drought (some 41 percent of the state currently faces what is called exceptional drought, the worst in a five-scale rating), local horticulturists and landscape designers agree that you can still achieve “lush” with less water. “People have a mistaken idea that eco-friendly landscaping has to mean a barrel of cactus, a lantana and a boulder,” says designer Dann Foley. “But we can layer various species of desert plants in such a way that they create a lot of texture and color.” Foley, along with fellow landscape designers Gino Dreese and Troy Williams, and horticulturist Maureen Gilmer, tells us how to design our ideal desert garden — from simple and sparse to dense and vibrant.

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Twenty years in the making, built entirely by hand, a former homestead shack has been transformed by Gino Dreese and Troy Williams into the Mojave Rock Ranch.

Twenty years in the making, built entirely by hand, a former homestead shack has been transformed by Gino Dreese and Troy Williams into the Mojave Rock Ranch.

Article in Palm Springs Life – May 2015


Mojave Rock Ranch Plays Host to Natural Cactus Garden Setting

Duo spend 20 years transforming Depression era homestead shack

By Maria Zang

In the California high desert north of Palm Springs, there is a rebirth, a reinvention of old to new that’s taking place.
The homestead shacks from the early 1930s that once dotted the desert landscape are having their second coming, but in a whole new light.
High above a hill, not far from Joshua Tree National Park, approximately 42 miles north of Palm Springs, lies a former homestead shack that’s allowed for the manifestation of organic architecture to bloom and prosper in its place. Christened by it’s creators, Gino Dreese and Troy Williams, as the Mojave Rock Ranch, the place looks as though it naturally sprouted up from the ground.

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Article in The Press Enterprise – March 2015

Upscale Rustic

Travel treasures and recycled discards combine to create a chic desert retreat

By Stephanie Schulte

It takes a special eye and talent to take rusty, dusty items most homeowners would throw away and create a chic look in a home or garden that doesn’t end up resembling a junkyard.

Two landscape design consultants, Troy Williams and Gino Dreese, have perfected the art of thew upscale rustic style, creating an eclectic paradise on their property in Joshua Tree.

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Featured in UNDER THE SPELL OF SUCCULENTS BOOK – published 2014

Under the Spell of Succulents

Desert Gardens

by Jeff Moore

Desert Gardens can have the look of a true natural habitat, albeit one that is spartan and dry. The aesthetic may appeal more to an amateur naturalist or desert traveler that a homeowner looking for a colorful and softer yard.

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Article in Wollans, Geman Cactus Magazine – March 2014


Fränkische Kakteenfreunde Nürnberg

by Werner Gietl

Maureen Gilmer stellt auf 5 Seiten mit 8 Fotos die Mojave Rock Ranch vor, die sich selbst als ‘photo, film and event location’ versteht. Wer sich selbst ein Bild davon machen will (bevor er hinfäht) kann dies im Internet unter www.mojaverockranch.net tun.

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Article in Garden Design, July 2013

Mojave Rock Ranch Reinvents the Desert Garden

Maureen Gilmer

Take a visual stroll through this unusual landscape to see what innovative designers achieve when faced with a huge arid site surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs.

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Article in Cactus and Succulent Journal, July-August 2013

Reinventing the Cactus Garden – An incredible hermitage near Joshua Tree National Park

Maureen Gilmer

A hundred years ago, those searching the Southwest for turquoise and gold were the early discoverers of curious cactus and desert plants. These living things were gathered, with minerals and pioneer relics, at Route 66 tourist traps where a rather odd aesthetic emerged. Sadly it faded away with the vanishing rock shops and overnight stops, but in California’s high desert north of Palm Springs, it is rising again in a whole new light.

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Říjen, 3rd 2013

untitled52-798x350Mojave Rock Ranch obnovila pouštní zahradu

Udělejte si vizuální procházku v tomto neobvyklém prostředí abyste viděli, co inovativní zahradní návrháři dosáhli v obrovském vyprahlém místě obklopeném ze tří stran strmými útesy. Ve velmi neúrodné pouštní krajině Mojave Desert se nachází zahrada kolem podivného domu vytvořena týmem zahradních architektů, Gino Drees a Troy Williams.sides by steep cliffs.

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Article in The Desert Sun, November 24, 2012

This is Mojave Rock Ranch – Lush landscape at high-desert retreat defies reason

Maureen Gilmer

Atop a windswept rocky ridge on the north end of Joshua Tree grows a most enchanted cactus garden that may be one of the most magnificent of all desert landscapes.

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Article in specs+spaces 05/04/12

DSC_0199-300x190Mojave Rock Ranch: Frontier Luxury

Sara McLean

On a recent self-driven architectural tour of Palm Springs during Desert Spanish Weekend, I kept running into this other family throughout the day. Towards the end of the tour we introduced ourselves and this is how my friendship with Troy Williams and Gino Dreese began. Showing me a postcard of their property in Joshua Tree called Mojave Rock Ranch, I was instantly intrigued. Further research led me to a tour of the property and a day spent with two creative geniuses. Enjoy the tour!

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