Transitional path

This path creates harmony between garden spaces
Julie Chai

Marking the transition from one garden space to another often calls for change underfoot. For landscape architect Tito Patri, the right path can serve that purpose. Because the garden pictured here passes through a "controlled" part of the garden and into the "uncontrolled" native landscape, Patri designed a walkway to harmonize with both areas.

In the formal area, he set Indian basalt cobbles into crushed granite, spacing them closely together. Then, as the path enters the natural landscape, the cobbles are spaced farther and farther apart until they ultimately give way to an expanse of crushed granite. "I wanted the path to reflect the disintegration of architecture as you move away from the home and transition into the surrounding oak forest," he says.

Patri earned an Award of Excellence for this imaginative design in Sunset's 2004-2005 Western Garden Design Awards program.