Friday, December 31, 2010

In the Rear View Mirror, Part Two

The Garden Conservancy obligingly opened the gates for me to enter the spectacular garden of Raul Zumba. Cradled along a western facing slope in the hills above Oakland, this gardens paths meander from one 'hotcha' moment to another. Were you to ask me what the house looked like, I couldn't say. The property is wholly garden-centric , the house though likely lovely, struck me as a place to mix cocktails , make lunch and get out of the rain. On this Open Garden Day, the sounds of some low-key bossa-nova tunes wafted out over the terraces.Well- I just wanted to plop myself down at one of the strategically placed tables and wait for someone to bring me a cold beer and a few grilled shrimp.

 Unfortunately, I couldn't have picked a worse time of day to visit relative to taking photos.No marine layer, not a cloud in the sky and high noon. I await my next opportunity .













4 comments:

  1. May have been the wrong time of day, but this garden looks wonderful - will have to pick your brains on where to visit next time I'm in California.
    Happy New Year!

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  2. Wow! Hotcha! indeed. I love the spoked wheel inset in the gate...very cool. And everything else, too.

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  3. whoa! love this garden! it's so loose and inviting. the sculptures are wonderful. love that mosaic/stone one, and the whimsical, squatty, crowned ceramic piece, too!! is this open to the public. must head north soon. also, just found your fun blog!! thanks!!

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  4. Charlotte, thanks for stopping by ! I really have enjoyed reading your blog this year -it will certainly be a fabulous point of rference if I ever make it 'across the pond '..

    Hello Janine,this is a private garden that was was on the Garden Conservancy Open Days program in 2010-I'm hoping for a repeat..

    Hoover, there were several very cool gates of the property, all likely made by the same artist , and the brick work ! all fantastic.

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