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Gardens : The Ruth Bancroft Garden

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If you were given three acres in which to "play in the dirt," what would you do?  Back in 1971, Ruth Bancroft, in her 60s at the time, knew exactly.  Having collected succulents since the 50's, she set about creating an amazing garden.  Yesterday morning, with friends Sue & Paul, I went to check it out.
This red flowering tree is the national flower of Argentina.  We call it "Erythrina" but in Argentina, it's often called "Ceibo."  Who knew?
Artist Hugh Livingston
There was also a sculpture show in the garden and I took at fancy to this fellow.
A large pond with lots of water sounds - crucial in a succulent garden. 
This sculpture was described as a moon catcher but I've no idea what that means.
Nursery and shop.  My main reason for visiting the garden was to get inspired for our new front flower bed but more on that later.  In the meantime, I've fallen in love with succulents.
The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA, became the first preservation project of The Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to American gardens. It has been open to the public since 1992.
Beautiful succulents and grasses in the Oregon garden of my friend, Connie.   Don't you love the Oregon driftwood with pots of succulents?  Thanks for the inspiration, Connie!

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  • Thanks for your comment, Gary! Living as we do in the Bay Area with water restrictions, I do think succulents are a good way to go.

    Kathleen on
  • Connie, Thank you for sending me photos – I’ve added to the bottom of the post on Bancroft Garden. You have such an artistic touch. I love the Oregon driftwood, too!

    Kathleen on
  • I bet it’s beautiful! I remember you telling me about the giant Saguaro cactus that are protected by Arizona state law. A permit is needed to sell one from your yard. I love that they are homes to many species of birds. Thanks, Sue!

    Kathleen on
  • Succulents are a great choice. We have a west facing brick fronted home which gets really warm in the afternoon sun. Succulents and native Columbia Gorge blue bunch grasses are drought tolerant and look quite snazzy. I strongly recommend your idea to “go succulent.”

    Connie on
  • Looks like a desert feel some very interesting planting and gardening ideas. Given the drought some of these do make a lot of sense.

    Gary on

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