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Giverney: Monet’s Home

Giverney: Monet’s Home

Just outside Paris, we spent a day at the wonderful gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny. This lovely spot (designed by the artist in the late 1800s) is a totally different experience from the formality of Versailles. Smaller and more intimate, in perfect relationship to the charming pink and green house, this garden […]

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Consider spending a wonderful long weekend on the Mendocino Coast: just a couple hours north of San Francisco, it is a great place for relaxing and seeing great gardens! The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden in Fort Bragg is always the centerpiece of our visits to the coast, with so many rhododendrons, heathers in all shapes, […]

Loire Valley

Loire Valley

While visiting the Loire, we enjoyed the hospitality at the delightful B & B Le Clos Rabelais, in the charming little town of Langeais. Clean and quiet, and walking distance to excellent French bakeries and restaurants, we found it the perfect place for us to relax. Check out their details at bedandbreakfast.com We particularly enjoyed […]

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

Alcatraz, San Francisco, California, USA We had the rare opportunity this month to join the Quarry Hill volunteers for a special tour of the gardens of Alcatraz: what a unique gardening experience!        While you may think of Alcatraz as a prison, the island was also home to many families who did their best to […]

Gilroy Gardens

Gilroy Gardens

Photo by Richard Reames. Wikimedia Had a great visit recently to a place we’ve been wanting to see for years: Gilroy Gardens. You probably don’t know about the “Circus Trees” lovingly grown and tended by a real one-of-a-kind gardener: Axel Erlandson. A Swedish immigrant to California, in 1925 he began to shape trees as a […]

David Austin Roses

David Austin Roses

Greetings from sunny England! After three weeks of generally rainy and cold weather, we are enjoying a week of sun and the gardens are lovely! We were lucky enough to visit the birthplace of our favorite rose breeder, David Austin. On the outskirts of the small town of Albrighton, this nursery that produces roses enjoyed […]