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Former owner:
Livermore, Norman  Search this
Livermore, Caroline  Search this
Landscape architect:
Sakurai, Nagao, 1896-1973  Search this
Kawamoto, Casey A., 1919-2010  Search this
Landscape contractor:
Sato, Harold  Search this
Provenance:
Marin Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Quail Hill (Ross, California)
United States of America -- California -- Marin -- Ross
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and additional information.
General:
These gardens were designed and installed in 1970-1971 to complement the Japanese style of the house that had just been built by the current owners on an older property. Quail Hill comprises nineteen acres, mostly woodlands and natural landscape, with a view towards Mount Tamalpais. There is a private drive to the house bordered by a stone wall and groves of redwood and live oak trees that date back to the 1930s. The designed gardens interwoven with sections of the house include the motor court, three courtyard gardens, three interlocking water gardens, a swimming pool and pool house, and rectangular and octagonal cutting gardens that are hidden from view but provide flowers for the house for most of the year. The Japanese-stye gardens designed by Japanese landscape architect Nagao Sakurai and Japanese-American landscape architect Casey Kawamoto have been maintained for 45 years.
The oblong motor court is bordered on the far side by the pre-existing rock wall and natural landscape while against the white plaster walls of the house pine, cypress, holly and maple trees are kept in the niwaki style, or controlled pruning. The classic elements of the Japanese garden are used here: stone, gravel and a mostly green plant palate. There is a large stone Kasuga style lantern, one of many placed in the gardens. The entry courtyard garden includes Mondo grass, moss, pine, holly, a flowering cherry and Japanese maple, white azaleas, groupings of large rocks and a stream of gravel that leads to another large Japanese lantern. The rectangular swimming pool off this courtyard, with the view of Mount Tamalpais, is dark blue to reflect the sky. Slate paving stones are used for walkways and as accent around the pool, and stone aggregate concrete is used for decks. The courtyard garden outside the dining room is anchored at one end by a copper beech and at the other by a Japanese maple with baby's tears and another stream of gravel and kasuga lantern.
The water gardens designed by Sakurai begin with a delicate waterfall into a pond from which the water tumbles over small rocks to another pond. Finally there is a small cascade into a pool surrounded by iris, Mondo grass, nandina, pines and maples. Wood trim on the house and pool house are painted dark brown or "Golden Gate" orange that contrasts with the predominantly green palate of the plants.
Persons associated with the garden include Norman and Caroline Livermore (former owners, 1930-1969); Nagao Sakurai (1896-1973) (landscape architect, 1970); Casey A. Kawamoto (1919-2010) (landscape architect, 1970-1971); Harold Sato (landscape contractor, 1970).
Related Materials:
Quail Hill related holdings consist of 1 folder (24 digital images)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Gardens -- California -- Ross  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File CA609
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
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