One of the most enjoyable stops on the September 2012 “garden tour” APLD conference was a Bay area garden owned by Gail Giffen and Chris Pisarro in Lafayette, CA. Our tour materials gave this garden the title “Playing for Art’s Sake,” and that felt pretty accurate. The sculpture selections are eclectic and whimsical – from tiny metal marching “ants” at the foot of a large tree draped in a Marcia Donahoe “necklace” of carved wooden spheres, to a “motorcycle creature” hiding in the grasses on the outskirts of the back yard. The garden was designed by Michael Thilgen at Four Dimensions Landscape Company. Pisarro and Giffen, who sits on the Board of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, were incredibly gracious hosts – mimosas and snacks were on hand! I’ll let my photos tell the rest of the story.
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Water, metal, stone and grasses create a wonderful palette of textures.
A view from the patio next to the rear entrance to the house.
The architectural elements of a motorcycle “creature” contrasts with flowing grasses.
Landscape and sculpture meld together in the outskirts of the garden.
Two reclining stone sculptures seem to rise from a bed or grasses and gaura.
The two figures, with the pool house in the background
A Malliol-like sculpture hugged the diving board but couldn’t block our access to champagne and Mimosa cocktails!
The swimming pool area, complete with sculptures.
Three mysteriously painted, colorful sculptures dominate the view from the rear patio.
Tags: California gardens, D300, garden ornament, Nikon 24-120mm f/4, photography, sculpture in the garden
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