Vive la Mendo !
It's unexpected to turn down a narrow lane that winds through the redwoods into a clearing to find a French villa complete with blue wooden shutters and climbing roses. You never know what you might see on a garden tour. This Garden Conservancy open day site was near Philo..a place that one passes through on the way to the more glamorous Northern California coast . This is the Anderson Valley , in my opinion one of the most beautiful valleys in our state. Camping in the state park here was an annual event when the children were children , and hotels were too expensive. When I parked at GC garden and got out of my car the fragrance of this particular redwood forest, probably less than 2 miles from the campground, put me there. It was a sublime moment, worth the drive even if the garden was a dud.
Not a dud.
Cross a lawn and enter through a wooden gate in a stucco wall..the Potager !
A classic design mingles ornamentals and edibles..Who says veggies aren't pretty ?
Want a plume Poppy bad.
The textures , colors and forms lining the DG path around the perimeter were nicely done.
Of course there was a greenhouse..