Garden Title: ‘Art and Texture’
The garden for the 2008 San Diego Fair was designed and built with clean lines, minimalist spaces, and one very large tree. A 100 year old Sevillano Olive tree was trucked in from Northern California. Olive trees have a unique capacity to be relocated with minimal damage to the tree. The tree was placed first, directly on top of the asphalt parking lot, and during the next 10 days the garden was constructed around it. An unfinished ‘single score’ block wall created a backdrop for the scene and added a feeling of enclosure. A 36” sheet of water spills into a runnel-style pond that separates landscape from decking. The stained redwood deck with custom concrete fire feature represented the ‘entertaining area’. The Olive tree was surrounded by Palm Springs Gold Decomposed Granite. To add softness and height to the garden, Bamboo (Bambusa textilis gracilis) was used on one side, while a raised planter with Miscanthus (Maiden grass) and Perovskia (Russian sage) frame the opposite side. The garden was contained by redwood borders, stucco walls, and rusted sheet metal. Custom Concrete benches provided seating for fair-goers. The display won several awards, including Best of Show. The Olive tree was donated to Quail Botanical Gardens for their newly inaugurated Children’s Garden. We hear it is doing just fine.