The main garden was inspired by a visit with the world famous landscape architect, the late Roberto Burle Marx, in Rio de Janeiro, and visits to both the public and the private gardens Marx had created.
The challenge in this garden was to make a rectangular area into a curvaceous abstract where all would be subservient to the dominant mosaic wall (pictured above). Bricklayers constructed and rendered the wall with its curved roof, Polly Park covered the wall with individually cut and cemented mosaic pieces.
There are five large tiles in the white wall that surrounds the whole garden, brought back from Iran, Turkey, Morocco and Portugal. All are in varying shades of blue. Other pieces of art in the garden include a circular glass piece from Venice and the curvaceous Della Robbia, also from Italy.
The stepping-stones give a feeling of movement to the garden, as does the sound of water in the little pool. The wisteria and other violet flowers in the garden help in creating a total harmonious picture.