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.

At the bottom of the garden, below the ballroom, was a waste area that Marjory Harris turned into a little woods. Complete with a wooden "folly," one can sit on this platform and gaze out at the Golden Gate. On a hot day, the woods provides shade and a breeze.

Full of rare plants as well as many mulberries and brugmansias, home to squirrels and other critters -- one goes to the countryside without the road trip.