Small Pond Patio

Harland Hand [1922-1998], inspired by the principles of fine art and rock formations in the High Sierra, designed this hillside garden with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay.

Using concrete, curving lines and dramatic color combinations, Hand created an emotionally evocative space that houses an extraordinary plant collection.

Two pink cranes once presided over one of the garden's most charming patios. Perched on one end of the Dry River, their color was complimented by the pink echeverias, succulents and variegated yuccas that glow in the setting sun. A strawberry bench under Kahili ginger offers expansive and intimate views. The smallest pond in the garden is cloaked by a rare variegated fern.

Pyrrosia lingua variegata drapes over the garden's smallest pond