Monday, July 19, 2010

The S.F. Bromeliad Society does it again.... Great tour !

The San Francisco Bromeliad Society held their annual garden tour this past weekend for the 2010 season.

We were treated to 4 very different and diverse gardens in Marin County.

Our first stop was to Don Worth’s Palm Garden in Mill Valley.
One of the nicest features about this beautifully planted old garden is the professional quality name plates with the date that the palm / cycad/ or specimen plant was planted.
Many of the palm trees were over 60 years old.

Palms and Puya line the modestly steep driveway.
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From S.F. bromeliad society tour 2010


A silver Puya
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From S.F. bromeliad society tour 2010



The interior courtyard succulent garden
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Beautiful epiphytes on fantastic mounts.
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The path leading back down to the street
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At our second location high up on the side of Mt. Tamalpias was a beautifully maintained formal styled garden with a liberal sprinkling of sculptures placed throughout.
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The third garden was a neat little urban grit oasis. I wasn’t able to catch any photo in the extremely bright light to do the small garden justice.

I was extremely excited to see the last garden on the tour. It was designed by its owner Tom Henthrone, a garden designer here in Marin.
Beautiful plants paired together in harmonious plant combinations delighted the eye at every twist and turn along the meandering paths.
Everything flowed seamlessly into one another on this steep undulating hillside.


This first photo , from Toms website, was taken by professional photographer Jay Graham. It really does the garden justice, unlike my my full hot sun blaring photos.
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Lots of great sculptures brought back from Bali and placed beautifully in the garden.
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Loved the variegated Echium.
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And the lower path ( photo Jay Graham)
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And as always, we had a culinary pot luck feast at the last garden that was beyond deliciious!

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5 comments:

Megan said...

Thanks so much for the post! We were really sad we missed out on the tour.

Rainforest Gardener said...

How inspiring! I am really excited about the balinese statuary as well as the silver puyas... I'll have to invest in either of those someday.

danger garden said...

That picture of the silver Puya is a stunner! And the gardens, not too bad either.

phrago said...

Hey, Your friend Dan Acros has a really nice photo presentation of this garden walk too with a lot of species shots. What a cool Garden walk! I really am enjoying your's and Dan's Photos, Thanks again... Patrick

phrago said...

I love the little frog statues...