It had been so long since my last visit to the Huntington Botanical Gardens that I could barely remember it! Gone are the old lawns to the new entrance; apparently there have been a lot of renovations in the last two years (new gardens, new buildings) and something like fifty per cent of the lawn acreage
On my most recent trip, one of the recurring themes, that came to mind throughout the trip, was the legacy of landscaping and architecture from another era.
Here on the West Coast in Northern California and in a lot of the arid west, we’re dealing with hotter and drier conditions. So some questions running through the back of your mind – what to do with the plants you already have? What are you going to do with your garden?
I find myself in Vancouver just two days before VanDusen Gardens is about to open their winter light show. Even though it’s during the day and before the opening we go anyway and, wow, glad we did. Such a fun garden to walk around…
Walking around the hills of Berkeley, CA the other day, we came across the Spring Estate. Very cool. What is this? Designed by John Hudson Thomas in 1912, this stately landmark offers expansive views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate, and sits on a rare park-like 2.5 acre site.
Though we were only there for one day, the event is two days of cooking & barbecuing demos, regional California wine tasting (some small regions you don’t necessarily think of for wine, like San Louis Obispo), plenty of amazing vendors, travel info, music and fun stuff for kids.
Ever have a moment where an interesting event triggers a fun memory? I had one this morning, and it really make me want to travel… I’ll tell you why. The interesting event came about when reading an article in the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum about a recent discovery of a 1760’s garden bell jar excavated during an archaeological dig in Philadelphia.