John Tsutakawa

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.

Based in San Francisco, John Tsutakawa specializes in alpine container gardens. He uses various alpine and rock garden plants to create miniature landscapes and alpine mosaics. His work includes containers and raised beds at San Francisco’s Strybing Arboretum and the Harland Hand Memorial Garden (Deck), as well as nurseries and private residences.

Photos courtesy John Tsutakawa