In Conversation With…
Inner Gardens Landscape Designer Kimberlee Keswick
The stately façade of the Presidio Heights Manor
“It was a clean slate,” Keswick shared, reflecting on the task at hand. “The only plants that remained were the cherished rose vines along the façade of the home,” a personal attachment of the family. Fortunately, the owners granted the Inner Gardens team carte blanche to craft a landscape that would complement the architectural grandeur of the home and uphold its estate-like essence.
Inner Gardens’ founder Stephen Block and Keswick met with the clients to discuss their vision, ensuring the team’s plans were in alignment with the family’s. One of the strongest directives given to Inner Gardens was to incorporate an urban vegetable garden and a beehive into the landscape. This desire to intertwine old-world charm with modern sustainability elements was central to the vision of the homeowners.
Another wonderful asset was the expansive terrace running the length of the house, serving as the ideal entertainment space. Large-scale Obelisk Boxwood and Thuja Juniper were added, providing a strong visual anchor for the garden while complementing the home’s stately elegance. To achieve a sense of privacy and intimacy Keswick added a series of pleached flowering pear trees along the exteriors garden wall, transforming the streetscape into a warm and welcoming space for the neighborhood to enjoy.