Carmel artisans gathered to realize a landscape design driven by the need to marry the quaint aesthetic of Carmel’s City Hall to a fresh, contemporary landscape that would address the requirements of handicap access and introduce an inviting garden planted primarily with California native species. Challenged by the Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club to a charrette or collaborative design process, Comeau Design constructed a handicap-accessible walkway, custom branchlike iron handrails designed for function and form, and introduced an appealing palette of California native plantings. Stone benches with plank-wood backs invite lingering in the garden. Growing up round a peaceful re-circulating fountain, the garden is a memorial to former Garden Club member Constance Meach Ridder. This garden has been chosen to be included in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution.