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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Garden of Keeyla Meadows

Keeyla Meadows is the author of the books Making Gardens Works of Art: Creating Your Own Personal Paradise and Fearless Color Gardens: The Creative Gardener's Guide to Jumping Off the Color Wheel.  Her garden, studio, and home blend beautifully into three dimensional living art in which Keeyla lives and works.  When the Northwest Flower and Garden Show announced the title of this years show, "Art In Bloom,"  I expected to see demonstration gardens with similarities to Ms Meadows Garden!  Anyway, this garden was the next to last stop on the last day of the San Francisco Garden Bloggers' Fling last June. 

The first thing I saw as I approached this garden was this driveway.  I was thrilled! Empty pots, greenhouse flats...she's one of us!  Notice the beautiful restio in the background.  (Rhodocoma capensis?  I purchased and have studied the book Restios of the Fynbos with many beautiful and detailed color images of each of the family members and still have trouble telling some of them apart.)

 Did I mention that this garden is in Berkley and is open to the public on certain days?

Interesting piece from the from the sidewalk.

The view from the house side.  the fountain was not turned on for our visit.
 
 
 So much to take in and enjoy in this garden!
 I'll stop jabbering and let you enjoy the garden.  It was a very warm day but in this area of town there was a nice cooling breeze. 





Lusting after this arch!



It doesn't show because of the sunshine but the pink hat, sweater, and clogs match the pink of the tiles and surrounding mosaic walls perfectly.  Talk about dressing for the occasion!


Bevvy of beauties enjoying the mosaic bench.







These floral dresses are interesting.  I just can't do the spaghetti strap look the way I could thirty years ago.


 







 Mosaic covers the kitchen walls.


The bathroom is tiny but fabulous.
 To see this wall, one must sit on the toilet.



 View from the upstairs balcony.
One of my favorite pieces in the garden was this brugmansia arch which is perfectly situated with real brugmansias blooming on the right.
I thoroughly enjoyed this small but powerful space! 
 
Here's the creator of this wonderful garden, Keeyla Meadows herself.
 
To see more of Ms Meadows'  colorful and fearless work go here.
 
 

24 comments:

  1. Oh, my! Now that's MY kind of place. Crammed FULL of whimsy, color & plants! THANKS for the look/see!

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    1. There wasn't a spot that wasn't full of something wonderful - plants, artwork, whatever! Always a pleasure to share fun gardens with you Rebecca!

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  2. Wow. Now that is art in the garden! And the colors!

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    1. Pretty daring and out there but I thought it was cool!

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  3. This garden is a work of modern art! With a dash of surrealism too!

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    1. It was a fab place to visit and steal, I mean borrow ideas!

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  4. I love seeing this garden and it was so special that she opened the house as well.

    Wonderful photos of all the details!

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    1. I can't imagine having both my house and garden in shape for visitors a the same time. It was interesting to see how art infused every inch of this space!

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  5. Oh wow, I feel like you could spend an entire day in her garden and not see everything. Love her style!

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    1. I agree. It was great that they saved this garden for close to last as we were pretty gardened out but this really grabbed our attention.

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  6. So much beauty and whimsy in this garden, so much to see in such a small space. You really got a lot of great photos, not so easy in that strong late afternoon light.

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    1. It was a fun garden made even more enjoyable by sharing it with so many garden bloggers like yourself!

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  7. I am not always enchanted by so much art in a garden, but here it really works. Nice that she didn't go all neurotic and banish all traces of gardening detritus in anticipation of so many visitors.

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    1. To make something like this work, you have a conviction to the look and not shyly do a bit here and there but push it to the limit; Keeyla has done a brilliant job of just that! Since she has her garden open at least a couple of days a week, this group thing probably didn't even phase her.

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  8. What a fun tour. Thanks for taking us along.

    "I just can't do the spaghetti strap look the way I could thirty years ago." -- Me, too, Sugah, me too.

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    1. Oh Jean, You're always such good company, spaghetti straps or not!

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  9. Great photos Peter, and perfect timing as all is brown and white outside my windows. This shot of color was a great spirit lifter!

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    1. Well, soon you may have that whole monochromatic thing going on with a blanket of white plant insulation. Glad the color raised your spirits.

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  10. Thank you for the toilet view. I missed that.

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    1. See the lengths I'll go to just for you?

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  11. What a lot of eye candy! Lots of good ideas. It seems like the weed problem is minimized with a lot of rock. Maybe that's what I need. I can't help thinking the tall mosaic walls could neatly solve danger garden's unsightly view problems.

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    1. Rocks can be a mixed blessing because once a weed gets rooted between them, it's pretty much there forever. Mosaic walls would solve danger's problem but I'm not sure that they are her style.

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  12. Love all the colors…it really makes you smile. Now about the spaghetti straps….

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    1. You're right! Keeyla's garden is a very happy place. I'm sure you could still pull off the spaghetti strap look!

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