Dusty’s Garden at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

Gail Barry and Gretchen Wilson, landscape architects

Land Mark Design was contracted to help with a philanthropic project for Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.  After the client/benefactor’s beloved “best friend” Dusty, a golden retriever, became sick and eventually passed away, the client was so thankful for the hospital’s support that she decided to memorialize Dusty with a special garden courtyard for sick and dying animals. Land Mark Design created a secluded, quiet courtyard where owners and their animals can visit outside, away from busy Alameda Avenue.  The design includes a fountain at drinking level for quadrupeds, animal benches and people benches.  A whimsical concrete path with animal footprints and reptile body prints memorializes the pets that have passed through our lives.  Trees in small garden beds enhance the feeling of peace in this mostly stone covered courtyard.  Shade sails were installed for protection from the hot summer sun. A plaque of Dusty is installed on the wall.