OVAL GARDEN

This intimate garden serves as the elegant backdrop for many of the wedding ceremonies that take place at Montalvo. Plantings of hydrangeas, wisteria, and roses surround an oval lawn, which owes its shape to the fact that the central lawn used to be Senator Phelan's swimming pool. The area was filled in and planted over in the 1950s. If one looks closely, it is still possible to see remnants of the pool's design, including the tails of stone dolphins that decorated the edges of the pool.