Steve and Judy Lipson's Garden
Every year in the Bay Area, there is a garden tour, where people who grow California native plants open up their gardens to the public. Since I’m always on the lookout for new native plant gardens to photograph, that's how I came across this garden, which belongs to Steve and Judy Lipson. The wild look of the garden perfectly compliments the modern geometric structure of their home. It’s on a large shaded lot full of trees and walking down the garden pathways feels more like walking on a nature trail than being in a garden. When I asked Steve why they chose to grow a California native garden he told me that after they came across Judith Larner Lowry’s Garden in Bolinas they immediately fell in love with it. They knew they wanted a garden with an informal look where something interesting is happening all the time. So they hired Judith to design their garden. Her design is exactly what they hoped, a wild garden with something interesting happening everywhere you look. Steve graciously set me free for a few hours to explore and take pictures at my own pace.