Mayer Desert Garden:
We spent more than a year sourcing horticultural curios for John Mayer’s desert oasis. The garden is anchored by several monolithic Sonoran specimens including a mature 14-foot Boojum tree, a large branching Organ Pipe cactus which is emerging from a 4000 lbs boulder, an exquisite 50 year old Pachycormus tree, and several wisened “Mexican old man” cacti.
Our lead designer placed the remaining specimens using a Japanese design technique called miegakure (hide and reveal). This makes it impossible to view the entire garden from a single vantage point. Instead, one must move through its terrains to reveal it. Once the garden was finished, California native wildflower seeds were peppered throughout allowing the garden to be prone to seasonal super-bloom events.
(Photos by Sam Muller)