Mellard O'Neil

This is a storyteller’s garden, a memory place.  A series of shrine-like garden vignettes display sculptures and treasured keepsakes from the client’s international travels and places of origin. On this steep hillside, terraces step down on axis from the house into the curated niches, connected by the jewel-like fountain and pond. In collaboration with artist Lea Goode-Harris, labyrinth paving interweaves a family story of migration and movement across the globe.

In addition to the garden’s narrative quality, the design included a restored native woodland, stabilization of erosion-prone slopes, and a firebreak at the urban-wildland interface.

Location

Oakland, CA

Size

6,000 SF

Completed

2008

Client

Lon O’Neil

Team

Lea Goode-Harris (Artist)

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