Schelling Residence

A steep hilltop garden was transformed over a 20-year period through the creation of a crushed rock auto entry court, terraced gardens with stucco walls, and a graceful brick stairway leading through an olive grove to the front door of the home. Cacti, succulents, and other interesting dry-climate and deer-proof plants are used in the garden composition. Garden developments coincided with the remodeling of the building by architect Tom Caulfield.

Currently, the northeast garden along the shadiest part of the house is being re-designed with a native plant palette and slate pavers over a pebble field.

Orinda, CA

Client: Schelling

Architect: Tom Caulfield

Hilltop garden