In thrall with this vignette from my final open garden visit on the June 5th 'Open Days,'
...& this natural wonder: a venerable cork oak.
A terrace surrounded and shaded by magnificent cork oak trees.
The extensive grounds of the hilltop property surrounded one of the largest homes I've seen: the map handed to me by the ticket taker shows a front garden wrapping around the curvature of the house. Fortunately, as I arrived my friend Richard Turner (editor of Pacific Horticulture) was departing, and he mentioned that a grove of cork oaks was a high point of the visit. I likely would have missed these magnificent trees growing beyond the garden's Meditation Walk, near the tennis court.
The 30-acre estate, with its colorful mixed borders of grasses and perennials, and sculptural works abetting views of the Bay.
A terrace sweeps along the front of the house, overlooking a large pond, swathes of lawn, and paths softened by mixed ornamental grasses, roses, herbs. A pool appears as you continue, and a quiet nook devoted to meditation. Shimmering Bay vistas ... need I say more!
Continuing along the pathway past the pond, a rose arbor emerges, along with a mini-orchard, and a circular organic vegetable garden.
A small segment of the house's profile and sunny front patio, anchored by terraced plantings and fragrant roses.
The Garden Conservancy's Open Days continue throughout the summer & Fall. Check the Open Days Directory or the web site to locate open gardens in your area of the U.S.