This is a really late to be posting these photos but this summer's been so busy!
On the day of the tour I had only enough time to get to 2 gardens in Oakland. I had hoped to get to 3 that were close to each other but the gardens were so big it took awhile to get through them. The first garden I saw was Sherry Merciari's lovely home. Lushly planted with amazing pots, sculpture and furniture tucked into a myriad of different nooks and spaces.
First, some deer resistant blade-leaved plants outside the gate as I walked up to the house:
The entrance was really cheery and I loved the old gate.
The garden was full of wonderful details. Check out the upside down bamboo. Very cool.
What a fantastic bench. Where do they find all this great stuff?!
More nifty things: Love the Tillandsia balls
Great stonework in the garden - giant round boulders for seats, round stones for pavers.
An old grapevine acting as a bean trellis, and a very ornate bird house.
Found this vine off in the corner of the property. Anyone know what it is? It looks to be in the Asclepias family.
More scenes from the garden:
A beautiful gate made of recycled materials and a blue sculpture that coordinates wonderfully with the pool.
Lush plantings around the pool - the masses of carex were newly planted and will be gorgeous once it is soft and floppy and filled in.
Perfect steps into the spa and lovely shaded walks around the perimeter of the house.
The garden felt like being in a tropical oasis, I found it hard to believe I was only a few miles from Highway 580 in Oakland. Sherry Merciari's garden is beautiful and I'm sure the gardens she does for clients are fantastic as well.
The other garden I made it to was Raul Zumba's garden. I'll post pictures of it next.