Garden Valley Ranch
featured in Gardenwalks in California
INSIDERS' Guide, The Globe Pequot Press
Rosa 'Blanchefleur' by the Pond
Third Pergola ... Garden Valley Ranch
Columbines & Cardoon with Foxgloves
Another nostalgic post, as I recall traveling from Chicago to San Francisco in the mid-1990s,
crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in a rental car to explore the beauty of Napa, Sonoma, & Mendocino.
Intent upon finding the best nursery display gardens for a book idea - a project that began as a basic guide to Northern California gardens - I encountered Garden Valley Ranch for the first time and returned home to write about it in The Chicago Tribune.
By the time I signed a contract with publisher Michael Kesend for my first book, West Coast Gardenwalks, it had become a guide to coastal destinations from Vancouver to San Diego!
And the memorable journey planted the seed for a move to the Bay Area!
Archways in Fragrance Garden
Garden Valley Ranch Rose Field - 'Climbing Iceberg' on Colonnade in the distance.
Border & the house at GVR, formerly owned by renowned rose expert and author Ray Reddell.
Now home to Mark Grim and Ron Robertson, Garden Valley boasts a long mixed border
- 220 by 14 ft - with a color scheme inspired by Gertrude Jekyll.
Link to Garden Valley Ranch
on Bay Area Tendrils
Garden Travel Buzz
- column on the right -
for information on garden tours,
bare root roses from Garden Valley Nursery,
& chemical-free cut flowers treated with compost tea.