A contemporary western garden with a modern Zen sensibility
Echoes of the rugged West infused with a modern but playful Zen sensibility? The gardens here are contemporary and uncluttered, home to art and a place to live and work, play games, and entertain. The russet red of the plum tree leaves echoes the rich hues of the garden chairs and the rusty patina of the Korten steel used to build raised planting beds.
A vibrant flower-filled landscape with a tropical flavor
A tropical profusion of bougainvillea, a towering banana tree, ginger plants, and a Giant Bird of Paradise mingle poolside will greet our Spring Tour guests in this garden. Beautifully trained bougainvillea along the garage, an entry path lined with tree roses, tall Italian cypresses, and Japanese maples, a bubbling fountain in a niche by the front door and topiary-filled pots complete the welcoming entry.
Garden Name: A mature garden in Old Palo Alto transformed for young family living
Specimen trees on this property have been jewels in this Old Palo Alto neighborhood for many years. The newly renovated gardens pay homage to their elegant beauty. The redesigned garden fulfills the homeowner’s dream to grow food and add new space in back for play and parties, becoming a mecca for family and friends throughout the year.
A personal garden to enjoy every day, filled with art, large and small
Through a zipper sculpture/fence, a front yard labyrinth, specimen oak and magnolia trees, a very personal garden emerges. The gravel patio in back has hosted large and small parties in a comfortable very Mediterranean setting. Tucked away in the back corner is the “winter home” of resident George, the 20 year-old Sulcata tortoise.
Garden Name: A garden designed as a gift and embraced by the whole family
This redesigned back garden, a series of rooms for year-round outdoor living, was planned as by the homeowner for his wife. These “rooms” include a secluded space for sunning and tête–à–têtes , a fire pit room for evening gatherings, and a secret loft behind the garage for the children. The plantings provide food, flowers, and shade while enhancing the architectural elegance of this low-maintenance garden.