This garden pays tribute to the scientists whose work laid the foundation for our knowledge of the natural world. The journey begins in a traditional garden of espaliered plants, crisp lawns, and concrete pavers that surround a private library dedicated to the history of science. The garden moves through a series of intimate spaces, where man-made materials are gradually replaced by stone, and plantings transition to their more natural forms.
The pathway descends into a verdant meadow under a canopy of trees where a sparkle of water and a bright splash of color from bougainvilleas can be seen in the distance. A new summer house with an open porch seems to blend into the landscape, inviting quiet contemplation. Travertine pavers edge a private pool and spa area surrounded by tall, green hedges, and the pre-cast stone caps have bits of glass and shells imbedded in the concrete.
A stairway in the last stone wall leads to a high terrace where an armillary sphere, inscribed with a quote by 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, stands among beds of lavender, rosemary and an organic vegetable garden. A rosetta above the bench built into the wall below uses shells collected in ports visited by Darwin during his five year voyage of exploration on the Beagle.