Intas' garden is a textbook study in the use of foliage, texture and layering . Flowers were completely incidental, and justifiably so. The garden is rich in color, flowers or not.
Brick homes are exotic to this left coast dweller. Earthquakes and brick homes don't mix well. I was immediately smitten.
Along the driveway a tapestry of shrubs , beautifully composed.
This indicates the scale.
I took many photos along this driveway area. I was so drawn to it , while recognizing that it is a look that is utterly impossible for me to replicate in my climate. My enjoyment of visiting gardens in the east is enhanced by the unattainable nature of the gardens I see. 2 climate zones out of reach !
A couple of Intas' very very cool birdhouses.
This view was one I kept going back to -it takes vision to create this. I hope someone will correct me if I am wrong , but I believe these are Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'. Unless the house was in the way , these magnificent trees were visible from many areas of the property.
Abigail joined the tour.
Intas' studio. I have to say she had a pretty intriguing selection of rusty stuff in there !
My island bed does not look like this.
This was clearly a northeast version of our very own left coast Danger Gardens' Agave dish planters. . No collusion, two creative minds in radically different climates.
Enjoy a group of random images taken from various locations in the garden.
When my friends and I were contemplating the possibility of seeing Intas' garden on this trip, we discovered that her house and garden were up for sale. Since we visited , the property has in fact been sold, and Inta will be off to a new adventure and a new garden in the Carolinas. I think we can all sympathize with the desire to be closer to family. And my friends and I were so pleased to see this wonderful garden before it passes into new hands.
A couple days after my visit to Intas it was pretty cool to see her birdhouse in the gardens at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.