Garden as theater
In approaching the design for this garden, I felt it needed a new narrative to live up to the one it had already lived. This was an Oakland hills Fire Zone garden from the huge firestorm back in '91 that destroyed over 500 homes in this neighborhood. The house attached to this garden burnt to the ground, but the existing concrete patios, retaining walls and brick bbq remained, along with a few survivor plants such as the succulent foliaged Bird of Paradise and a Fig tree. This uppermost part of a steep terraced garden had potential panoramic views of the bay and bridges if we only elevated the garden a bit to see over the roof.
Thus came the impetus for creating a stage set raised deck and stairs paved with travertine tile, to take advantage of the views. I was also working around an existing tiered Italianate fountain, trying to both screen views of neighbors while provide them for my clients. Please view some of the other photos in the same set to take a short tour of the entire garden. Succulents and year round vivid color along with edibles were the requests from my clients.
What do you think of the design solutions?
Here is a link that might be useful: Garden as theater