Magazine article Sunset

City Gem

Magazine article Sunset

City Gem

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Some gardens are created for daytime use. Others are nighttime party palaces. This San Francisco garden is designed to be enjoyed both day and night--yet it packs a lot of living into a small space.

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Though the garden measures 50 feet wide by 30 feet deep, it looks larger thanks to designers Sonny Garcia and Tom Valva's careful use of space and attention to detail. They created a series of rooms with different functions. On the first and second levels of this four-level garden, two small patios offer seating for intimate gatherings. Three steps up, on the third level, an open brick courtyard accommodates larger groups. Pathways circulate through the upper tier for garden viewing.

The main plantings are perennials and shrubs. Seasonal flowers burst from small beds and pots at every corner. Sculptures and topiaries are focal points at each level. Even the gate is a work of art; the rose-covered metal arbor and upward-arching gate create a circle that frames attractive views. …

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