“Adventurous, spirited and eclectic”
is how co-authors Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner describe the 30-plus unseen grounds captured in their new book, Private Gardens of the Bay Area (The Monacelli Press, $60). Berkeley-based photographer Marion Brenner’s images showcase everything from an English-style garden in La Honda to a Pacific Heights backyard brimming with Japanese maples and fruit trees; each is varied, yet united by a sense of drama. “The incredible landscape makes [people] unafraid to go after the ‘wow’ factor,” says Berner.
Written by KERSTIN CZARRA.
Photography by MARION BRENNER.