Marin County Open Garden-Bolinas
Bolinas is a beach town on Tomales Bay, and the climate is ideal for almost everything except tomatoes and peppers. It never gets hot and it never gets cold. The garden here is the creation of watercolor artist Sally Robertson. From the Garden Conservancy guide: "As a painter, I often choose plants as inspiration for a watercolor, but I give much thought to their placement, for the garden itself is a highly orchestrated color palette ." Yes indeed.
The sculpted Cypress are seen from both the street and much of the garden. Not simply a tree,this is an art piece- obviously the maintenance is not a casual affair; there is skill involved.
In some areas of the garden the shrubs were shaped, but never to the point where the plant skeletons were exposed , and the shapes themselves, along with the varied foliage colors lends direction for the eye, the way leading lines would.
The garden was densely planted with shrubs flowering plants and small trees, the paths meandering to reveal hidden views.
On this path we approach the rose arbor, a feature that marks the transition from the front garden to the back.
The Nasturtiums are allowed to thread their way up this palm. Maybe Phoenix caneriensis , but I am embarrassed to say that even though I was born and raised in Los Angeles my palm ID skills are quite spotty.
Bigger view of said palm.
The back garden was arranged around a large pond, with paths on all sides.
There were succulents too..
In this mild climate , Bromiliads can live outdoors all year. This large tree stump makes a nice home.
At the rear, a shady area was created from native trees with few distractions and views toward the pond.
The gardener and artists home and studio. Researching Ms. Robertson, I found that there is a vacation rental on the site, and the idea of a night or two in this garden is compelling.Gardens are rarely open for the photographers 'golden hour', but as a guest in residence the light is at your disposal.