This project demonstrates landscape architecture’s extraordinary power to go beyond the pictorial – to unite the ecological, sensory, and spatial characteristics of a site and create a lasting place of integrity and meaning. In this Sonoran desert setting, the site was transformed into one of conservation and discovery, and integrally reconnected to its local and regional context.
Each of the collection of garden galleries emanates a distinct landscape essence ranging from the wild and wonderful to the colorful and cooling. Each turn on the pathway presents a new focal point, whether coming upon a majestic Candelabra cactus, a worn garden gate framing a gallery of Agaves, the twisted form of an Ironwood, a field of Yuccas or Golden Barrels or the rich texture of rock walls contrasted with sculptural cacti or draping Bougainvillea. Individually, the diverse gardens encase a rich interplay of like or complimentary plant species from arid regions around the world; collectively, the gardens provide a year-round show of marvel cascading through the landscape.