Here's a collection of images from the amazing & dynamic Palos Verdes Destination Garden that we finished installing this past week! I'm going to start this post with some 'before' images, then intersperse those with 'after' images from the final 2 days of installation. I'll be back to add text...work calls, so I'm out the door...ENJOY!!
|'Before' - 2nd level garden area.|
An 'after' image - a high wide angle view of this uniquely original destination garden in the hills above L.A. - poetic, inspirational, w/jewel-like areas...gorgeous, inviting.
|'Before' - 3rd level garden area...much work to come.|
I adore the 'golden barrel garden room tableau'. Note the elements added to this area since my first post: a stunning, rare piece of petrified wood (upper-right corner) and a fabulous authentic metate (mid-left).
|What's not to love? Gracefully articulated, beautifully designed garden areas, with an amazing backdrop - Southern California's picturesque skies framing an expansive view of the valley below...a destination garden with a view.|
|'Before' - 3rd level garden: musicians, an unworked garden wall, and 'the' Palos Verde tree - look for the 'after' colorful, captivating tableau designs to come...|
|The re-structuring of this garden wall and a bit of artistic acid-washing begins.|
I adore this shot...the burrow is seemingly captivated by the musician's "ability to entertainment".
This image also represents how the sum of the parts (3 separate tableaus) can equal a very creative whole (overall larger tableau setting).
|Yes!! This beautiful, older Aloe plicatilis 'rules' in this space!! (aka Fan Aloe)|
|'Before' pathway to the lower level garden path that loops past the front of the Palo Verde tree, behind the musicians, and out into the main garden areas with a view of the valley.|
|An 'after' of the same pathway - now an 'inviting visual and physical trip' to the garden below.|
|The Palos Verdes tree tableau. Naturally.|
The Euphorbia continifolia is a colorful small tree, perfect for water-wise gardens - this tree will grow to about 15' high and 5-6' wide, it's drought tolerant with a minimal root system - no fear of invasive roots here.
|The 'blue garden'. A must in the coastal hills of P.V. We are, all of us, living in a desert that borders the ocean. This garden reflects that relationship beautifully. Sweet.|
This cactus has bloomed at least 2 x since we started the installation - it's obviously quite happy with its new home.
The garden also includes some 13 original container gardens!!
This image speaks for itself...or one could say, "..to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself." Which famous male poet said that? William Blake, of course.
Do you know what type of rock this is? I hadn't seen one like it before until we did some research, made a 'search and destroy' drive to locate it, and brought it back, just for this job.
|A rare piece of petrified wood from a burned forest area in Utah, makes an original, elegant and gorgeous addition to the garden.|
|Another original in the garden - an elegant, patina-washed container - designed just for this garden. Cool.|