Most of the plants in the garden are grown from cuttings imported from Mexico. “I have a trailer down in Baja,” Siegal reports. “It’s a total ad-hoc situation: no electricity, an outdoor shower, an outhouse. It’s a level above camping.”
On the lower roof, cedar decking and flower beds define one of several outdoor gardening spaces. Part of her ongoing research into the livability of cities, Fitzgerald aimed to create landscaped areas that were “aesthetic, aromatic, educational, and productive.” The deck is bordered by an expanded aluminum mesh railing and black metal corrugated panels.
A bentwood Robin Day chair keeps the Herman Miller classics company. Through the office’s door, nestled in the bamboo grove, is an outdoor shower, fashioned after those found in San Onofre, farther south.