Tree Ferns

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.

There are many tree ferns in the garden. If killed off by the occasional frost, Hand would leave the stumps for their architectural effect, sometimes placing bromeliads on them.

Black Tree Fern (Cyathea medullaris)


Tree fern growing in cliff wal

Courtesy Kerry Harvey