Portola Writers Retreat in San Francisco, California

Portola Writer's Retreat

San Francisco, California  : :  2013


One of our favorite urban gardens is located in San Francisco's Portola neighborhood. Our clients desired a space for gardening and writing with a modern, clean aesthetic and a varied, edible plantscape. Anchoring the space, an existing apple tree becomes the symbolic heart of the garden. Flowing around the tree, the strong geometry of the paths and patio areas wield a dynamic tension with mixed theme, laid-back planting zones. Features include a writing/guest cabana, spa, vegetable beds, dining and lounge areas, an unusual Floss Silk tree, and hidden clotheslines in a dining patio screen.


Construction:  Caffrey Landscapes

Image editing:  Travis Rhoads Photography





Steve at Seed Studio enabled us to transform our useless, cramped, unattractive backyard into a beautiful, fully functional, extension of our livable space.
— Phil