Mariko Irie, Garden Tour Poster Artist
Get behind the scenes on Saturday, June 22, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and get a glimpse of some of the most beautiful gardens here on the Mendocino coast. This self guided tour will take you to ART GARDENS where there are walkways, seating areas, patios, ponds, lawns, flowers, bushes and trees. This garden has been a 9 year continuing project of love.
Century Old Garden
As part of this self guided tour you will enjoy a Century Old Garden which was planted by the late botanist and horticulturist Doris Youngstrom and hosts a wide variety of rare plants and trees. Enjoy paths that wind through beds of 20 foot high rhododendrons, proteas, azaleas, and strawberry manzanita trees. This property also features two ponds, wooden gates, stone sculptures, and ceramic garden bowls. A unique feature of this site is a century old greenhouse, once used for fuschia and rhododendron propogation. Master gardener and botanical specialist Antonio Wuttke will be on site to demonstrate garden restoration techniques.
Ocean View Garden
This property offers spectacular ocean views and its own deeded island with its ocean carved arches. This property has a beautiful home, made from huge redwood timbers salvaged from the Old Caspar Mill. They have enlarged the home and created the gardens over the years, using a nautical theme to unify them with the natural landscape. There is a very stately brick courtyard that embraces a sheltered garden and provides a dramatic entry portal to the home. There is also a sculptured concrete grotto and serpentine stone pathway that will lead you through several hidden gardens. Over the years, they have planted and nurtured thousands of shrubs, grasses and trees.
This beautiful property is surrounded by a state park and coastal headlands. This charming redwood residence, enhanced with Northern European details, inspired the garden’s layout and many of its architectural elements. They have a sunken garden which required a substantial excavation to lower it beyond the harsh winds, thus creating a micro-climate for an array of unexpected plants. They also have a protected orchard garden which brims with blooms and a heather garden featuring mounding forms in an exposed contoured tapestry of texture color.
This transitional retreat is nestled between the pygmy forest and the beautiful redwood forest. Here you will find a great collection of azaleas, irises, dahlias, gladiolas and zinnias, with many other flowers. There are pathways through this park-like setting that leads you to an array of perennials and annuals. There are also spring fed ponds and a variety of vegetables and fruit trees. From noon to 3:00 pm local artist Lynzee Holt will display her north coast themed abstracts and landscapes. As a special bonus, pottery guru Christopher Cisper will showcase his ceramic pieces while performing original songs on the guitar. This garden is designed by renowned landscape architect Gary Ratway and maintained by Martin Eligio of Fort Bragg Gardening.
Mendocino Art Center Garden Shop & Plant Sale
On June 21, 10 am to 5 pm, and June 22, 9 am to 5 pm, browse the Mendocino Art Center’s Garden Shop, featuring an array of plants, creative handcrafted garden art and many other surprises!
The Mendocino Art Center grounds are beautifully landscaped, primarily with native plants, and the Zacha Sculpture Garden features not only sculpture, but a lovely tiled courtyard surrounded by the art studios.
To contact the Mendocino Art Center:
1-800-653-3328 or Fax: 707-937-4625
Stevenswood Spa Resort is only 2 minutes south, 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.