Sunday was garden tour day and carpooling with Gerhard of Succulents and More, 3 gardens were visited before the 4pm close time. Each of the three could clearly merit it's own post but I will instead offer a dozen photos divided between them . I will say that my images do not begin to convey the beauty and uniqueness of these gardens.
I've longed to see Roger Raiches' garden for years , and it's inclusion on this tour tipped the scales for me , how could I not attend ? It might be my only chance. Visit the Planet Horticulture website for a taste of the gardens designed by Roger and partner David McCrory.
Lots of spikey action, Cordylines ,Yuccas, Palms...
They packed 'em in. Clearly I am not taking advantage of all the space in my small garden.It's always enjoyable to see 'wow' gardens in a footprint similar to that of my own.
The Reid garden was an opposite; a large property on a hillside where the drift option is easily deployed. The layers of textures and colors were beautifully orchestrated .
This photo demonstrates the sort of arrangement that was everywhere n this garden.. I loved how the lavenders pointed in towards the trees and shrubs, all positioned to show off their best attributes.
Most fabulous Cussonia in Sonoma County. In the back ground a blooming dawn redwood (Metasequoia) not something you see every day.
A focal point !
I only have 2 photos to share from the last garden we visited , the garden of Josh Williams, the nursery manager at the venerable Cal Flora Nursery in Fulton. I can say I have never seen so many varieties of Manzanita in one place. This garden bends beautifully with the open space beyond the fence.
The front garden.
Okay, so I'm going over 12, but had to include this beautiful focal point in Joshs' back garden.