2013 Marin County Open Garden Day

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.

green_check Cor-Ten Zen

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.


green_check Vista Garden

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.