This is the second year I have taken The Garden Conservancy's Open Days garden tours. Today's program included personal gardens in the Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, and Sierra Madre neighborhoods.
I don't have a garden so these tours are particularly thrilling for me. What I have is a small, little patio with three rose bushes, several jasmine and gardenia bushes, a few potted cacti and succulents and that's about it (oh, and a potted lemon tree that didn't make it through the winter!). I guess you would say I'm a dreamer and that one day I'll have a little plot of earth to grow something of my own. Visiting other gardens is an excellent learning experience to gather ideas and information as to what my garden would look like - or should I say will look like?!.
Now, many of these gardens are professionally designed and maintained and exquisite beyond any worthy expression I could give. But, what struck me was the personal touches added or even incorporated by the owners. Whether it be a special flower color, serene seating spaces, ornaments or other touches, it was clear these gardens are where living takes place surrounded by beauty. This would be my list of things to include in my garden (just to name a few!):
- A water element: pond, pool, or fountain
- A sense of humor and surprise
- Color, color, color
- Layering of plant heights
- Stone or brick work
- Trees for shade
- A quiet corner
- An entertaining spot for friends and family
- Many, many containers of a variety of plants
- Plants that climb
Following are a few of my favorites sightings from today....enjoy!
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it!