Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Into the Garden

Tuesdays plant adventure was definitely one of my favorites ever! We spent the afternoon at my professors Nursery, Native Sons, in Arroyo Grande. He only grows and sells California native plants (and non natives too) and only sells wholesale. Being a greenhouse and nursery production concentration I have seen my fair share of nursery's...his was quite phenomenal; clean, well organized, and I loved the rustic, antique feel to everything. I was in heaven.

We then made our way to his own personal garden at his home (which is on the same property as his business). A completely California native garden, full of personal touches and tons of knick knacks for its guests. I was drooling the entire time. 

Our professor concluded our trip by letting us each pick any plant that we wanted from his nursery (keep in mind there are more than 1500 different species of plants to pick from). I felt like a kid in a candy store running around. And how generous of our professor, he didn't have to do that for us, but he did and I could not be more grateful.

Vitus Californica (California wild grape) growing on the side of a wall.

Some Beauties of the Nursery.

The Garden
 As you walk through the garden you will follow paths leading you through different sections and levels. This garden has character, I can't even begin to tell you about all the tiny details and treasures it holds. It was fun listening to my professor tell the stories behind certain plants and how certain sections came to be. I haven't seen anything like it, this garden is definitely one of a kind. All I can say is I'm super jealous, I'm just dying to have my own garden.   

Entering into the garden (this is all his home)...

Sit and over look the meadow...

Aristolochia californica

Green Roof Shed.

Red-flowering current.

Yeah, this is still his garden.

What to choose, what to choose....
Lexi picked a tree!
We picked Blechnum spicant - Deer ferns!

Best. Class. Ever.

The End.

1 comment:

Jane Gordon said...

Incredible...amazing...splendid... soothing...inspiring...creative...
exciting...eye-candy! I want to go there and see it, touch it, smell it, and listen. It must have been joyful for you Rae. I'm so glad you got to go. :o) Love always, your equally nerdy Mom