The Gardens of Pacific Grove and Monterey
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Garden - 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove
The museum's native garden was updated in 2010 and boasts over 100 species of plants native to Monterey County. In addition to the native plants, take time to explore the Spirit Nest and over one ton jade boulder raised from the ocean floor by Don Wobber. The pathway meanders through the butterfly garden, the mixed oak woodland space, ethnobotany area, chaparral and coastal shrub spaces.
Robins Garden - Pacific Grove
This artist's garden is a joy. You will see many examples of the homeowner's mosaic art pieces intermixed with succulents and cacti. Several pieces of her Crack Pot Studio artwork will be available for purchase. The front lawn was replaced with artificial turf to conserve water. A stone wall is a recent addition with the mosaic niches done by the homeowner. Succulents are king in this backyard. Beware of the whimsical lizards, snakes, dinosaurs, and teacups as you stroll through this delightful garden. The artistic design even extends to the fence surrounding the garden with Staghorn ferns and gopher cages planted with succulents. As you exit the garden notice the homeowner's attention to even the smallest detail such as the mosaic work along the edge of the sidewalk under the multi-colored fence.
Grate Garden - Pacific Grove
This long established and ever evolving garden belongs to one of the Master Gardeners of the Monterey Bay. It is on an extra large lot that runs from street to alley. The garden surrounds the home and features 80 year old oak trees and Camellia japonica. There are plenty of paths and benches from which you can view this garden. You will find numerous succulents both large and small. The lawn is kikuyu grass which the homeowner does not water or fertilize. Old-fashioned Pelargoniums provide color throughout the year.
Sanchez Garden - Pacific Grove
Outdoor entertaining and their Craftsman-style home were the inspiration for these homeowners when redesigning their garden. The redwood deck was created for entertaining large groups of friends as well as being low maintenance. River rock, sourced from the Monterey Bay in 1910 for construction of the fireplace, plus rock from Carmel Valley were used to form the natural foundation for landscaping. Stone pavers surround the fire pit and were used as the base for the spiral staircase and two front porches. Flowers and shrubs were chosen for their color and relatively low water needs to complete this welcoming haven.
Freeman Garden - Monterey
A series of garden rooms are on display at this 1929 home designed by William Ryland. Deer resistant plantings were done in front of the low wall but according to the homeowner the deer were not informed. The front garden is a series of parterres of roses and fruit trees capped off by wisteria and a Lady Banks rose arbor. Move through the arbor's arch to the Mission Garden of succulents, aloes, agaves and cacti. The back gardens begin with a dining room featuring tropical plants and end with the incredible koi pond built in the early 80s. The shady pond garden contains both dry and damp shade plants as well as orchids.
Braddock Garden - Monterey
The Braddocks have a beautiful, meandering English garden graced with more than 50 rose bushes and located on a half acre in one of Monterey's oldest pine and oak filled neighborhoods. Three separate patios, fountain, stone pathways, and outdoor fireplace welcome visitors and make this gardener's paradise a lovely and pleasant place to escape. 2,600 gallon cisterns capture rainwater for supplemental watering. A hidden potting area with compost receptacles and workbench complete this peaceful retreat.
Clements Garden - Monterey
This formerly abandoned property is a testament to what can be accomplished in just three years. It has been a labor of love for this Master Gardener/Garden Designer. These homeowners in the Jacks Peak pine forest have brought the property back to life with drip irrigation, French drain, Carmel stone paths, drought tolerant plants, a life-size checker/chessboard, waterfall, vegetable/herb cart and bottle trees. Multiple entertaining areas have been created in this Deer Flats hillside property.
Munoz Garden - Monterey
These homeowners replaced their water hungry lawn with low maintenance, drought tolerant plants. Then in March of 2014 their front garden was featured in the New York Times garden section in an article about California gardeners' response to the drought and water restrictions. The side garden features edibles such as strawberries, dwarf lemon and lime trees and herbs. A garden shed is flanked by succulent-filled hanging baskets. As you go past the gate, you will see hanging baskets of fuchias and succulents decorating the fence. The homeowners enjoy entertaining in their backyard with its tiered fountain and string lights adding to the ambience. The arbor with the swing was built by Mr. Munoz. Lovely climbing roses enhance the sides of the arbor. Two large redwoods along with apple and lemon trees complete the back garden.
Nazzaro Garden - Monterey
A drought tolerant front yard that features a variety of plants balancing color, texture and size mixed with natural stone greets you at this Fisherman's Flats home. The back patio has a blend of wisteria, container plants, small fountain and a fire pit for chilly evenings. The garden and patio on the east side of the house are a work in progress with an apple tree, roses, small zen garden and eating area. The homeowners have plans for a vegetable garden and water catchment system in the future.