Suburban Fern Forest

Marin County, CA

K. Dakin Design transformed this shaded walkway into a lush fern garden inspired by the renowned 20th Century California landscape architect Thomas Church. This project demonstrates how small spaces can become the highlight of the garden. Although this home is located in drought-prone California, this shaded area was friendly to the plants of the forest floor, such as tree ferns and hydrangea. Dakin centered the design around Himalayan flowering dogwood, the owner’s favorite tree.