Sometimes I have to pinch myself, am I dreaming or is this real?
Turns out on this particular occasion it was very real.
December 7th, 2018 and I was standing in front of Marcia Donahue's house in Berkeley, CA. There's Marcia herself!
I was visiting with my fellow Pacific Horticulture board members. We had a meeting scheduled for the next day but were squeezing in a few garden tours first.
This was my second visit to Marcia's garden, the first was in September of 2014 (here). In case you're not familiar with Marcia's work she's a ceramic artist. These huge beads are her creation and hang in a tree at the front of her house.
These are also her work.
She's amazing! And she's built quite the garden to go with these sculptures.
Heading down the narrow side garden...(that's Lorene Edwards Forkner, she of the fabulous #seeingcolorinthegarden studies on Instagram)...
Wouldn't this be nice to have in your garden? Perhaps a warming dip before dinner?
And we're just about to the back garden...(that's Jennifer Jewell, the host of Cultivating Place)
Looks like a couple different pyrrosia.
Someday I'd like to purchase a couple of Marcia's bulbs.
Or maybe her turkey-tail lichen?
Tree tomatoes! Aka tamarillo.
They are edible.
At first I thought this might be the flower of the tamarillo but it's not, it belongs to something else growing nearby.
The garden contains many more tillandsia and bromeliads than I saw on my prior visit.
I am so completely envious of those who live in a climate where these plants can stay outdoors year-round.
The plants and the artwork just blend together seamlessly.
Marcia pointed out that the ceramic turkey-tails came first, the natural one just appeared on its own.
Another plant and flower mash-up that's not a "real-life" combo.
What's real and what's artwork? Sometimes it's hard to tell.
Time to follow the pathway back around to the front of the house.
If you're in Berkeley on a Sunday Marcia opens her garden on most Sunday afternoons (3017 Wheeler St. Berkeley CA). You really should visit.
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