The Sun Garden is located near the front entry. It's laid out fairly formally with a small pond in the center.
|The main space was organized in parterre fashion|
|The glass sculptures are part of an exhibit by California Viscosity Studios running through October|
|I fell for this otter statue sitting on the edge of the pond|
The Central Garden is a display area directly across from the on-site restaurant. The current display is all about Dahlias.
|The wind was blowing the tall Dahlias about and none of the close-up photos I took are worth sharing but this photo provides visual testimony to the variety and number of plants tucked into this space|
|Another glass sculpture occupied pride of place|
The Perennial Garden sits adjacent to a large lath house containing shade garden specimens.
|This is an extension of the same bed shown in the earlier photo. The large plant near the path leading into the shade structure is Grevillea 'Moonlight', a plant I'd like to add to my own garden|
There were a LOT of beautiful plants and plant combinations distributed throughout the gardens but a few stood out for me.
|I seem to be developing a thing for red flowers. This is chenille plant (Acalypha hispida) which I didn't use to care much for but now I find intriguing.|
|I'm not certain but I think this is another Acalypha, possibly A. wilkesiana|
|This is Ceratozamia mexicana, a new-to-me cycad from the tropical forests of Mexico. It's new foliage can be bronze (as shown here) or light green. It reportedly makes a good house plant as it will grow in very low light but don't get too excited - on-line sources show plants with a one-inch caudex for sale at $50 each and the prices go up dramatically from there.|
|This bromeliad with the neatly curled foliage is Quesnelia marmorata. I'm going to a bromeliad show and sale on Sunday and will be looking for this one!|
|These plants (Aeonium arboreum, Plectranthus aureus variegatus and Coprosma repens 'Pacific Sunset') aren't especially unusual - in fact, I have all of them in my own garden. However, I've never thought to combine them so I may be copying this.|
|I also have artichokes, Achillea millefolium, Limonium perezii and Pelargoniums in my garden but I haven't thought to combine those either. Another great idea.|
Part 2, covering the Tropical Conservatory, Shade Garden, and Succulent Garden will follow later this week.
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