When putting together my wish-list for places to visit during our trip to the Los Angeles area last December I figured Dustin Gimbel's garden was a long shot, since it was Christmastime and all. Dustin and I had met previously, when he visited my garden and I've been reading Denise's (A Growing Obsession) droll-worthy posts covering his garden for years (here, here, here). I really wanted to see it in person, as luck would have it, I did...
To make the visit even better I toured this garden with Denise, she hadn't been to Dustin's in awhile and was there when I arrived. Double the fun! And lest you forget what's possible in SoCal yes, Bromeliads and Sansevieria in the ground...some people have all the fun.
The sun was bright and low when I visited. Shadows were everywhere and photography was difficult. However the garden was just as remarkable as I thought it would be.
Agave 'Joe Hoak' above, Agave celsii albicans below.
Agave impressa, I believe.
Wouldn't we all love a container dense with echeveria?
The front garden pathway.
Dustin has an impressive garden resume which includes (among many other things) time spent at Heronswood, you know—back in the day. Dustin does landscape design, but more recently has been exploring the creative possibilities of pottery design. I am proud to own both a Point Pot and one of the early Leggy Log Planters.
That deep front porch...
That small reflecting pond...
Okay now we've made our way to the back garden.
Dustin is busy getting ready for a show at the Sherman Library and Gardens this spring/summer.
Posters were in the works when I was there...
But now the official version has been released. I'm scheming on a way to visit but it's a really really long shot.
You might recognize this tree from yesterday's post.
That Rhipsalis ramulosa was so sexy!
I came home with three pieces of it which are currently rooting in the basement.
The ceramics are Dustin's handiwork, no doubt.
The painted tree is dead—long dead—in case you were worried.
The wooden piece divides the back garden in two, without being a solid barrier.
This container with its rhipsalis was up so high I had to wonder how he got it up there.
Another reflecting pond.
The backside of the wooden divider.
This wall with it's hexigons was a favorite.
At the back of the garden was a series of shelves with smallish planters, each one unique.
A few more shots of the garden before it's time to depart...
And another reminder that things are very different in this magic land. I've got this same bromeliad, but it's currently doing time as a basement prisoner, waiting for the weather to warm.
Weather Diary, Feb 20: Hi 54, Low 34/ Precip 0
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