Art in the Garden, Bay Area-Style

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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3 Comments on “Art in the Garden, Bay Area-Style”

  1. Astrid Says:

    Wow!! I loved all the stone and the sculpture! And the ornamental grasses were the perfect background. Good job on photographing a very lovely yard.

    • Melissa Says:

      Thanks! It was a sunny day and that was a challenge – but what a lovely garden. Thanks for stopping by – your own blog looks great and I just signed up for posts.


  2. Thanks! Lots of inspiration here — on the use of different grasses too.


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