The Wave Garden In Richmond Point
The Wave is a private garden overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
The homeowners bought the lot between their house and the water and turned it into a garden. A great idea, if you have the cash.
We Flingers got there late in the afternoon. We staggered out of the coaches, hot and tired, yet this extraordinary garden got our adrenaline going. “Can’t give up now,” we gasped. “We must appreciate and photograph this garden to uphold the honor of the Fling.”
Our sense of mission revived, we set to work.
The garden features curving concrete walls and walks fit to the contours of the lot. The beds themselves are also terraced.
There was custom made ironwork for the railings.
The garden is full of drought tolerant plants adapted to a Mediterranean climate. As I noted in a previous post, I am not familiar with most of the plants found in California gardens, especially the succulents. Helpful Flingers told me some of the names, after which I could remember them for as much as five to ten minutes. Anyhow, here are some of the plants at The Wave Garden.
Oh, I know this one! It’s an Aeonium!
There were a number of bronze sculptures.
This is a drought tolerant garden, but also one that requires considerable attention – including some irrigation. Kellee Adams, the landscape designer, told us that there was an ongoing process of editing, as plants were faded away under the harsh conditions or thrived too well.
If I remember right, we were told that a professional gardener devotes about eight hours a week to The Wave, an amount of time that was described as “not enough”. On the other hand, I easily spend more than eight hours a week on my own much smaller garden, so perhaps the wave could be described as “low maintenance”.
From this garden we headed back to the hotel to rest before our Friday evening gathering.