Succulent Garden at the Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar
In my previous post I showed you some of the holiday plantings at the Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, a seaside community in Orange County south of Los Angeles. The Sherman Library & Gardens is best known for their succulent mosaic created by Matt Maggio. You'll see it later in this post.
The intricately branched dragon trees (Dracaena draco) at the entrance set the mood. How I wish they grew to this size in our climate, but it's just too cold in the winter for their long-term survival.
|Steely blue of Dracaena draco, creamy white of poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)|
|Variegated Agave salmiana|
To foster public appreciation of a xeric garden, we amplified the soft whispers of desert beauty. The concept was to concentrate 1,200 square miles of desert splendor into 1,200 square feet, erasing any empty voids between points of interest. Every square inch was carpeted with detail—no barren soil left at all.
Masses of color were critical in relating the new Succulent Garden to the overall character of the surrounding garden areas, in order to demonstrate an equal attractiveness between succulents and other ornamentals. For instance, we laid expanses of vibrant echeverias in a mosaic fashion to compliment the seas of annual color elsewhere in Sherman Gardens.
[...] I reassembled a once incoherent jumble of random stones and boulders into distinct, stratified, geologic formations. Just as the plants were grouped by type, so were the mineral elements. A specific type of stone mirrored each plant pattern—agaves with granite, for instance. The Garden’s geologic diversity includes basalt, schist, slate, sandstone, mudstone, rose quartz, granite, weathered marble, and more. Some existing sandstones were unique in offering numerous pockets for planting little gems; some nooks were made usable by drilling drainage holes through the rock. In addition, an entire section of schist rubble was created from some abandoned steppingstones that had lain forgotten in the back prep area, waiting for someone like me to come along with a sledgehammer.
|Soon the holiday decorations will be gone; maybe they're already gone by the time you read this|
|I love the muted color scheme...|
Sherman Library & Gardens is open from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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