Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Landscape / Hardscape - Rancho La Puerta

Sunlight through stained glass ... interior wall, Las Piedras Environmental Center

The prevalence of natural rock formations influenced the design of...

Las Piedras Environmental Education Center at Parque del Professor 


Tecate, Mexico .. a project of FundaciĆ³n La Puerta
Landscape architect Ron Lovinger designed the parkland (we'll be returning here soon!),
while more recently, landscape architect Enrique Ceballos of Rancho La Puerta
contributed to the design of the education building that school children adore.

Sunset ...  foothills of Mount Kuchumaa.

 Walking the grounds of Rancho La Puerta with landscape architect Enrique Ceballos,
we came upon a casita with not one, 
but two of these beautifully constructed benches adorning the patio.

Imagine resting on such a bench, 
watching the advance of rose-flushed clouds as the skies darken.

One picture... worth a thousand words: Typical of the Rancho's fine stonework. 

Tecomaria capensis .. a habitat plant that qualifies as a hummingbird magnet!

Our group delighted in the Rancho's friendly felines.

Gaillardia .. a brilliant bloomer native to Mexico.
Stay tuned... much more to follow!


  1. So dreamy. And so great to know my cat has a twin! Were there exhibits inside the cave-like buildings? They seem like a fun place to play hide-and-go-seek.

  2. Alice, What an inspiring landscape and brilliant pictures.

  3. Dear Alice, You do indeed seem to be having the most marvellous time and clearly are seeing so many interesting things. The cat looks lovely - such blue eyes!

  4. Alice:
    The stonework is spectacular- I especially love the curved benches. How wonderful it would be to recline and ponder the meaning of life. Looking forward to the next installment!

  5. Oh, I feel warmer already, dear Alice, just visiting this place via your eyes. The kitty with the blue eyes is a real charmer, and I love all the stonework done there. Sigh. I want a stone bench. I want I want I want...:-)

  6. How beautiful, and the bench looks so inviting!

  7. Alice, This is a beautiful post! Inspiring... I want to be there to see the sun paint pastel paintings on the walls and to walk the breathtaking landscape... happening upon the buildings that look like rocks or outcroppings and benches that blend in to the surrounding area perfectly. The desert is magical in colors and forms! Carol

  8. The colors of the stone are so lovely. Truly a beautiful place. I like the cat!

  9. Tecomaria capensis has some beautiful blooms. Thanks for introducing me to a new plant and for the tour.

  10. looks so warm and inviting.
    but checked the rates and it is way too expensive for my budget

  11. I love the bench of flagstones!! What a wonderful posting.

  12. Anouther great post with lovely photos too:)