The San Francisco Garden Bloggers Fling was a wonderful event that was perfectly planned and executed. Many thanks go to the organizers and sponsors of this fine event. I really enjoyed this Fling but found myself not taking many photos.
I will most likely feature some of these gardens at a later time, but wanted to let readers know where I have been the last week. San Francisco has many beautiful areas of captivating scenery and I wish I could have spent more time visiting the area. You can see the grand vista from the Dudan Garden in Walnut Creek. This garden really played well to the borrowed view beyond.
The gardens we visited were top quality and well worth the time spent. It was hot in San Francisco and the surrounding area, going up to 108° on Tuesday. The pool of Filoli looks very inviting in this heat. Filoli located in Woodside, is designated as The National Trust for Historic Preservation and a California State Historic Landmark site.
Filoli had many designed spaces, both formal and those less so. It was especially warm at this garden, but we got a reprieve as we toured the grand home.
Each day was exceedingly bright. Add that to the heat, and taking photos lost its appeal. I am not accustomed to such bright light, but made do.
Ruth Bancroft Gardens
The Ruth Bancroft Garden, also of Walnut Creek, had interest around every turn. It was a very theatrical garden with many interesting and whimsical sculptures. The plantings are sun-loving Yucca, Agaves, cactus, grasses, and flowering perennials, all Mediterranean climate plants. It was very hot in this garden as well, and the plants just relished the heat.
Ruth Bancroft Gardens
Keeyla Meadows in Albany was a kaleidoscope of color and filled with creativity of art. This garden seemed similar to the way Buffalo gardens are designed. It has an abundance of art and plants are densely planted. The house is colorfully painted and paths wind around the small garden.
You will see many Buffalo Gardens coming up on GWGT in the coming weeks. Going on now is the National Garden Festival and I plan to take you around to many gardens. You will see color, and flowers, flowers, flowers. Some gardens have funky art and are a delight to visit.
Rebecca’s garden in Los Altos was a serene space and beautifully designed. It was the most lush of the gardens, and very well-tended. There are gardens such as this throughout the Buffalo area also.
This garden in Palo Alto was also very well designed with interesting hardscape. The pool was the focal point and was a place to cool the tired feet.
The Nichols Garden in Oakland was a series of artful vignettes and dense plantings. I may bring you back here.
Matt Gil Sculpture Garden
Matt Gils garden was filled with his sculptures but had a softer side as well.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden was a great place to take the family. Everyone from the Fling should have made this trip just to see the gardens.
We were here for a session with Saxon Holt, professional garden photographer, Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic. I admire his work and think he is the best teacher of his craft. He has an eBook coming out that will surely be one you should look into getting. These wide-angle landscape shots are his specialty and also one of the most difficult to do well. The book will be very helpful.
The publishing house in Menlo Park has a beautifully designed landscape. The expanse of grasses seemed to make the temperature a bit lower. There is something visceral about a field of grasses.
They had cool plants.
Conservancy of Flowers
The Conservancy had FLOWERS, but also had a butterfly house, my favorite part of the gardens. We had a gourmet dinner here among many other fun things. I did not photograph the Wave Garden or Annie’s Annuals and Perennials, but very much loved both places. I also did not show Organic Mechanics in this post, but it was another, serene inviting space.