In a wonderful working relationship of 15+ years with very special clients, we have designed five distinct gardens bound by a common palette of materials in order to complement the architecture of this distinctive contemporary home on a glorious site overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

The Asian inspired entrance is planted with river birches, artfully pruned cut-leaf maples, bamboo and a beautifully framed olive tree. Integral color stucco walls are combined with a richly detailed wood veil that creates a semi private entry courtyard. Inside the courtyard visitors are welcomed with the calming sound of trickling water.  As you enter the next garden room you pass through a soothing gray-green color scheme of Japanese-style joinery in the form of  walls and gates that lead you into a visually soothing yin-yang garden, or meditation space.

Our garden design team created all the woodwork, welded steel edging, finely articulated stonework and the garden’s three fountains which create focal points.

A sports court made with synthetic turf is defined by a banding pattern of monolithic slabs of granite juxtaposed by hand-cut irregular slabs of bouquet canyon stone. To compliment the orthogonal layout of the granite, in an artful play of plant material and pruning styles, we tightly manicured a Euonymus hedge to reinforce the clean lines of the granite stone banding.

Finally, a gorgeous terrace facing the Bay offers a profusion of Mediterranean planting. Walkways allow the homeowners and their friends to enjoy the views and the heady scents of rosemary on a leisurely evening stroll.

The overall planting concept for the garden is a palette that focuses on shades of green and the size and texture of plant material found in the natural landscape. There is a very strong inherent order to this complex and sophisticated garden, but the overall effect is uniquely peaceful and serene.

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