The circular path follows the arrangement of the established Monterey Cypress and provides the organizational structure of the garden layout.
 
 

POETIC INTERPRETATION AND WATER CALCULATION

Inspired by JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, we designed every element to become part of that narrative. The story builds along the great circular path and expands with fanciful details at each unique garden area. We collaborated with artisans, sculptors and craftspeople to instill meaning and intrigue in every aspect of the garden, from the paving on up.

At the same time this is a functional and sustainable garden. Tree protection, soil preservation and water conservation were all integrated into the design. Rainwater is collected on-site for reuse. Excess rainwater is reintroduced to the ground water table through winter ponds.

Native plantings, suitable for these coastal conditions, create a visual tapestry of color and texture. The pond is a rich wildlife habitat, alive with dragonflies, frogs and fish. It is a home to nesting quail and many other birds. Amazing bats descend gracefully at dusk.

This landscape is meant to feel ancient, with the house built upon the ruins of an ancient land, so plants are incorporated into ruin walls, green roofs and arbors. Over time, we envision elements becoming "lost" in the garden, perhaps even forgotten, before being rediscovered at some other time.

POETIC INTERPRETATION AND WATER CALCULATION

Inspired by JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, we designed every element to become part of that narrative. The story builds along the great circular path and expands with fanciful details at each unique garden area. We collaborated with artisans, sculptors and craftspeople to instill meaning and intrigue in every aspect of the garden, from the paving on up.

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At the same time this is a functional and sustainable garden. Tree protection, soil preservation and water conservation were all integrated into the design. Rainwater is collected on-site for reuse. Excess rainwater is reintroduced to the ground water table through winter ponds.

Native plantings, suitable for these coastal conditions, create a visual tapestry of color and texture. The pond is a rich wildlife habitat, alive with dragonflies, frogs and fish. It is a home to nesting quail and many other birds. Amazing bats descend gracefully at dusk.

This landscape is meant to feel ancient, with the house built upon the ruins of an ancient land, so plants are incorporated into ruin walls, green roofs and arbors. Over time, we envision elements becoming "lost" in the garden, perhaps even forgotten, before being rediscovered at some other time.

 
The constructed pond and the planted top of a stone arch are habitat.
A custom designed metal chandelier with blue beadwork hangs from a metal arbor.
The master plan shows the circular path that organizes the spaces throughout the landscape.
In a courtyard, paving created from large, smooth pebbles provides an unusual tactile texture.
 

Seasonal site overflow is conveyed to a series of winter ponds, where water percolates naturally into the soil. The winter ponds are planted with native grasses, sand strawberry and perennials, which help to slow water infiltration and reduce runoff.

  • Harvests rainwater in underground 42,000 gallon cistern under driveway

  • Collects approximately 75% of rainwater from the roof

  • Water is used for fountain, ponds, and irrigation

  • Winter ponds receive additional waters and hold until they naturally percolate back into the water table

  • All systems are digitally monitored for maximum efficiency

A fire pit anchors a courtyard outside of the dining room. On the other side of the open doors of the dining room, a water fountain anchors the entry courtyard.
The custom designed fountain was built by local artisans.
A conceptual sketch of the fire pit stand.
The firepit features dragons, a nod to the narrative tale of the landscape.
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Succulents, soft plantings and pebbles wind along one of the paths.

PROJECT TEAM

J.E. Caldwell Architect

ARCHITECT

Carroll & Strong Builders, Inc.

BUILDER

Jerry Allison Landscaping

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR

Marion Brenner, David Duncan Livingston,

R.R. Jones

PHOTOGRAPHERS

WaterSprout

GREYWATER SYSTEM