Earlier this week I wrote about my visit to Cornerstone Gardens and showed you the Red Lantern garden created by the amazing duo Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot. Today I wanted to introduce you to their other installation titled 'White Cloud'.  You would be correct in saying I've found my new favorite contemporary artists. [read more]
Yesterday I met my good friend Patty Craft (with Horticulture Magazine) at the National Heirloom Exposition in Sonoma, CA.  What exactly is the expo?  Their website says it best:  The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. The show runs for 2 more days, so if you're considering attending you're in luck - you still have time! (more…) [read more]
Every day he's perched high upon his throne where he guards his kingdom below. [read more]
A few weeks ago I spoke at the Laguna Beach Garden Club, and was thrilled when my host insisted we walk along the coastline before catching my flight home. The aloes were in full bloom, the sun was shining, artists were painting, hummers were humming, dolphins were swimming - in short, I was in heaven. Laguna Beach, be still my beating heart   (more…) [read more]
Having spent a delightful morning touring the San Diego Botanical Garden last week, I must admit I was most smitten by these life-size topiaries.  Pat Hammer, Director of Operations of the Botanical Garden, created these incredible works of art, going so far as making clay masks of some of the members of the garden and Horticultural Society to use as their faces! Amazing, don't you think?   [read more]
As usual, this is 'almost' a Wordless Wednesday post. A few weeks ago, while vacationing in Connecticut, we drove past this giant snapping turtle bravely crossing the road. Being from California, and never seeing one in person, we pulled over so I could play tourist and take a photo. (more…) [read more]
While spending the day in San Francisco I stumbled upon this statue of a massive, towering woman titled Ecstasy, by Karen Cusolito and Dan Das Mann. Her body is so graceful, lithe and perfectly proportioned while being constructed of repurposed pieces of chunky, rusty metal. I know it's a little atypical of my posts, but I just had to share her with all of you.  Can't you imagine a smaller version of her strategically placed in the garden? Enjoy!   [read more]