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French Contemporary

Healdsburg, California

This backyard garden builds upon a lovely view of hills and vineyards to the west, the owner’s memories of early years living in Spain and France, and a desire to create an elegant wildlife garden. A central water course was developed as the heart of the garden and unifier of the home's geometry with two inherited retaining walls. A cascading rill system delivers life rich water from the upper basin to the lower boules court and is punctuated by Yew sentinels as it steps through a boutique lavender field. Bay hedging encloses the space and a Hornbeam arbor provides shade for dinning above this tranquil setting. Perforated steel verandas, stairs and a Rose covered steel trellis are planned for the backside of the house, providing access from the main living area to the garden. P.I.S.E. was utilized for all new walls and stairs and to plaster existing concrete block walls, providing a strong Mediterranean feel.

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