Sunday, August 3, 2008

Contemplative Collaboration

On July 27, 2008 , The San Francisco Bromeliad Society held its annual garden tour and pot luck dinner.
This blog entry will show photos from another spectacular garden that was graciously open to the public on this day, the Ostreicher Garden located in the Oakland hills.

In collaboration with garden designer & builder Sherry Merciari, Dr. Ostricher has sculpted one of the most contemplative and soul touching gardens that I have ever had the pleasure to emerse myself in.

When arriving at the residence the simple 6 foot tall redwood fence and gate gives no hint of the beauty and spirital enclave that lies just beyond the entry gate.
Words ( at least mine ) will not do this garden justice, so I will simply post the photographs in the way in which this garden transforms and transports the viewer.

The entry path -

At the bottom of the path is a pond and bell

One can hear the soft trickling of the water cascading over the fern kissed rocks

The ‘door bell’ , a gong , resonates with a deep warm hum interrupting the calm of the garden.

There were beautiful hand sculpted Balinese stone pots along the path and in the garden.

A variegated Billbergia nutans hanging from a tree limb

Buddha in repose along a smaller secondary path

Looking back over my shoulder , this is the view leaving the front garden. - be still my beating heart.

It’s a tough job being a stone carved planter , but someone has got to do it. ( side garden)

The narrow side garden path opens up to the back yard brick terrace where stone & ceramic pots abound and hand carved benches offer the visitor a tranquil place to sit.

There are many captivating views from this perch.
Above the terrace is a enchanting hillside dotted with hand carved stone pots, exuberant plantings and a Javanese joglo ( pavilion)

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a detail of the ceiling

I once tried growing this plant and had no luck.

I’ve also managed to kill this plant in my garden too. A crassula

Another beautiful hand carved bench providing a restful place to sit and breath in the beauty.

A stone water basin located next to a bench for mindful contemplation

More heartfelt art placement and horticultural treasures along the path

Thank you for enjoying this soul touching garden with me .


Ewa said...

What an amazing garden is this. Very very inspirational! thank you for sharing :)

kompoStella said...

oh, even looking at these pictures messes with my heartbeat, so i can understand some of the joy you experienced. this garden has the feel of a day dream - the balance between nature & culture is hard to achieve and i play with images like these in my garden (day) dreams. indeed, thank you for sharing!

B. Diederich said...

Don't know how I came across your blog, but it is quite awesome. Lovely garden....wish I was there...

Benjamin Vogt said...

What detailed woodwork! Amazingly gorgeous, achingly so. Hand done I bet.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the kind words and wonderful pictures...

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the kind words and wonderful pictures...

debinca said...

Wow, I can see why you loved it, the photos are stunning, great capture of the feelings.

That huge bell is fantastic, really, I want to strike it and listen to it resonate up the hill.

Thanks Michelle........... the lush ness of your photos are a nice break for us drought ridden foothill folks.


Mother Nature said...

If I were at this garden they might have to physically remove me. It is wonderful.

Linda Lunda said...

Ohhhh YES... this i like!