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20th Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

20th Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour 20th Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

Stone Bridge of Garden at Harmony Woods          Picture of Gardens at Digging Dog Nursery

This is a great chance to enjoy a behind the scenes of some of the Mendocino Coast’s most beautiful private gardens. This is a self guided tour that starts at 10 am to 5 pm., on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Tickets for this tour is $40 and with a vegetarian lunch at the Ravens Restaurant at the Stanford Inn by the Sea for a total of $60.

The 2012 garden tour is a fundraiser and is a benefit for the Mendocino Art Center. The Mendocino Art Center grounds are beautifully landscaped, primarily with native plants, and the Zacha Sculpture Garden features not only sculpture, but a beautiful tiled courtyard surrounded by the art studios. The popular garden shop and plant sale on the Art Center’s grounds will be held two days this year. Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, the day of the garden tour. The Garden Tour is the Art Center’s largest annual fundraiser.

This year’s self-guided tour includes:

Gardens at Harmony Woods, nestled in the redwoods offers an enormous range of unusual and beautiful plants. Their emphasis is on rhododendrons and conifers, with over 300 specimens of each, but they are only a small part of a vast array of plants that are planted in over 20 beds. Enjoy waterfalls and a stone bridge with maples and ferns that offer ever changing colors and contrasting textures. Education is an integral part of their collecting and sharing knowledge with others, about plant research, mapping, cataloging and labeling.

Enjoy an Organic Vegetable Garden and Fruit Orchard situated on approximately one acre. They grow all their own vegetables to enjoy fresh over summer and for preparing for winter. They do their own canning, drying and freezing. They also have a solar water pump that supplies two 3,000 gallon water tanks. Come visit and share with them the joy of growing your own food.

English Themed Garden is situated at the edge of the Pygmy forest where the gardens required a lot of good soil when planted back in 1996. The landscaping includes a handcrafted reproduction of Claude Monet’s Giverny Bridge and a timber framed English style garden shed. Succulents are the owner’s current passion, filling many pots by the house and on the deck. A prize possession is a large Japanese maple which turns a brilliant red in the fall. This garden has received widespread accolades, having appeared in Sunset and Coastal Living magazines, and a featured covered story in Country Gardens.

This Ocean View Garden offers meandering pathways, a wisteria arbor and a great variety of rhododendrons, helleborus, irises, heathers, bamboos, roses, ferns and trees.

The Eclectic Garden offers a mix of annuals, perennials, shrubs and also features a Koi pond. This garden is a continual work in progress as beds are changed because plants don’t thrive or die.

Digging Dog Nursery is on a rural ridge top surrounded by towering redwoods. Inspired by old-style tradition and year round appeal, the gardens’s offers dramatic perennial borders with pathways and tree lined trails. This structured layout features a diverse collection of unusual plants and mainstays. Digging Dog Nursery is a mail order and retail nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines that flourish in a variety of garden settings.

Stevenswood Spa Resort is only 2 minutes south, of the village of Mendocino. Plan on coming to the coast and enjoy one of our suites, dinner and relax and get pampered in our spa.

For dinner phone 707-937-2810 or online at urban spoon.

For lodging phone 707-937-2810 or online at reservations.

For spa reservations phone 707-937-2810 or online at Indigo Eco-Spa.

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