June 1 was the Garden Conservancy’s Open Garden Day in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. Like last year, this was a unique opportunity to visit spectacular private properties most of us would not otherwise get to see.
I visited two of the three gardens (the third one was dedicated to geraniums, not a group of plants I’m interested in, so I skipped it). To say they were stunning would be an understatement. Click the links below to see what you think.
Cor-Ten steel retaining walls and accents unify this hilltop property. Magnificent ‘Robert Young’ bamboo and a huge stone basin from Bali create a Asian focus near the entrance. The lush shade garden behind the house offers sweeping canyon views.
Hilltop garden with spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais. Plantings focus on succulents, bamboo and exotics. Other outstanding features include a large equisetum hedge and sculptural olive trees.