The Ramada Room
Jill created a garden room to tie together her screened porch and garage. Because her office is above the garage, she wanted
great outdoor space surrounding it. A ramada (planted arbor) provides a natural roof to shade the outdoor room. Simple metal
chairs create a casual seating area on the gravel floor, while groupings of pots give the space color and further define its
edges. Stone-clad pilasters mask the steel posts that support the office. Like the entry archway, the pilasters are imbedded
with treasures both gathered and given: a stone crab, Jack’s golf ball—even a piece of the Berlin wall.
Jill says that sometimes as she’s hard at work in her office, she’ll notice visitors strolling into her garden—some with special requests for her. She’s had people ask to be married here. And once, a woman who had been diagnosed with cancer asked if she could just sit and meditate in the garden because she felt that it was a healing place. Jill welcomed her, of course, as she welcomes everyone.