With so much of the East Bay already developed, steep hillside gardens are becoming increasingly important for providing outdoor space. Steep sites often require extra structural work to carve out terraces and walkways. The challenge presented by retaining walls in the garden has a flip side – new opportunities for unique garden features.
At this garden, retaining walls have become vertical water features and planting surfaces for creeping fig and other vines. The Bay Area has a long tradition of outdoor living, and a history of borrowing from the hill estates of Greece and Italy. Water plus hill = unforgettable places.