Keiko Nelson is a Bay Area artist and neighbor of Blake Garden. This year she participated in the Lake Merritt Festival of Lights with a sculpture made from bamboo that we had given her from the garden. After the festival she installed the sculpture temporarily in our reflection pool. The title is 17 Layer-the wishes of Peace. Part of the peace dove project. Steve Kapper is the engineer.
The garden serves as a habitat for many creatures and as a landscape laboratory for the U.C. Berkeley Landscape Architecture Department. It is a quiet place for learning and enjoyment.
Recently we made and posted signs on the driveway that read “Respect”, “Quiet” and “Beauty”: three concepts to consider while in the garden. With more visitors there are more pressures on the garden and we are asking visitors to be mindful of these three powerful words. Respect Quiet Beauty while touring our wonderful garden.