The garden elitist within has broken free . The accumulated visits to gardens that are creative , beautifully designed, sometimes downright astonishing, jades the view of these very pretty but somewhat mundane venues. 10 years ago these may have thrilled, and sent me home with a laundry list of ideas to try in my own modest garden, but instead it was a pleasant day in a scenic and well-heeled enclave of Northern California where the only 'wow' moments were the views from 2 of the gardens, and the lovely Victorian home that anchored another.
A bit of whimsy in a garden with an enviable location on Belvedere Lagoon.
I'm a sucker for Papyrus.
A lovely clump of foxgloves and Delphs, though obviously planted from 1 gallon nursery containers very recently.That Berberis looks hot off the presses too. Did I say elitist ? Maybe snarky is a better term.
Here was a favorite , a charming little greenhouse packed with interest ..perhaps a real gardener lived here ?
I salute the Garden Conservancy and their quest to preserve and raise awareness of beautiful gardens everywhere . And further, the garden owners who generously allow the public to schelpp through their private spaces ..even snobs like me.