Signage leads us here to sign the guest register.
And to descend steep stairs.
The paths lead to this. Looking up, there's a beautiful view of the bay.
Here is Janice's description of her garden, "All of the elements that work together to form a garden - color, texture, fragrance, and form - you find it here."
"Perennials, succulents, clematis and covered arbors all greet you and combine with the sounds of water moving through the fountains and pond that the homeowners installed.
"Steve hauled all of the 6x6 timbers for walls and filled behind them with over 100 yards of soil that he and Janice moved down to the garden from the top of the driveway."
"The decks and the original plantings were designed by Ruth Burrus over 20 years ago."
Edibles and ornamentals mingle beatuifully in the lower sunny garden!
There are many seating areas throughout the garden and on the large decks on the house. One often wonders in a garden this amazing if the gardeners themselves are able to sit very much.
Path to the greenhouse and beyond!
Looking up at the house.
Ah, sweet peas! Is there anything to match their fragrance?
Having walked through the bottom garden, we begin to ascend the path on the other side of the house.
A shady dining room complete with a carpet of baby tears.
Let's sneak up the staircase to the lower deck. Looks like there are plans for lots of sempervivum!
From the deck, views of what we just experienced from below.
The great structure here works so well as it allows the more flamboyant growers to shine in their season and holds the space together beautifully in all seasons.
Sweet details are everywhere in this meticulously kept garden.
Lots of electrical insulators. Is someone an electrician?
Now we're back on the level on which we started.
Interesting copper pipe trellis with fused glass panels!
With foliage like this, who needs flowers? A beautiful tapestry.
Don't worry, if you fall in there's a rescue doughnut if you can get it away from the mondo grass.
There is a long stream/waterfall that starts close to the top of the drive and empties into the pond.
There was not a single weed or leaf out of place. How do they manage that?
"The garden is a certified Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary. Through hours of manual labor, Janice has removed all of the invasive ivy growing on the property, and has replaced it with ground covers. This garden is a sensory delight of sound, fragrance and views all bound together, with a respect for nature, creating a memorable experience for the visitor."
It surely was a memorable experience for this visitor! Thanks Stve and Janice for opening your garden!