Garden Photos from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

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Check out these gorgeous photos Jodee sent in of her backyard garden.

Here’s what she had to say:

Hi Mavis,

I subscribe to your blog at work and look forward to it every day! I live close to downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and I am doing my best to grow as much food as possible on my little spot. I am always working on something around my house (currently a better coop for my three “girls”), but the main project this year was growing more food. This spring, I took out most of my lawn to add growing space. I started my seeds in my spare bedroom towards the beginning of March and started enough for my brother’s garden, too.

garden beds

Instead of digging up the existing grass, I laid down newspapers and layered them with alfalfa, leaves, three kinds of compost and some top soil. I then planted two apple trees and planted potatoes, cabbages, peppers, sweet potatoes, eggplants, pumpkins, zucchini, acorn squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and broccoli. Of course I had to fit some flowers in there, too.

garden beds

I honestly wasn’t planning on putting EVERYTHING in my front yard, but I thought the spring rains had drowned my first little plants, so I planted more… nothing died and the zucchini gifting has begun!

sunflowers in raised beds

In my raised beds on the side of the house I have tomatoes, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and sunflowers that are about 10 feet tall right now. I have three chickens that give me eggs pretty much every day and when I finish their new coop, I will send you pictures of that as well.

Hope you enjoy my yard – I have really enjoyed yours over the last year.

Jodee

Holy cow Jodee, your raised garden beds are beautiful. Everything is so lush and green. Keep up the good work!

~Mavis

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Dick and Jane’s Spot

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While The Girl and I were making our way to St. Jude last week on our Epic Road Trip Tourone of the stops we make was at Dick and Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg, Washington.

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It. Was. Awesome.dick and jane's spot house

Back in 1971 Dick & Jane both received a BA in Art from Central Washington University. They then went on to create an eclectic, one of a kind outdoor gallery outside their home.

dick and jane's spot fence

Most of the art is their own, but 35+ other artists also have their work featured on their property.

dick and jane's spot bear

Theft has never been a problem because Dick and Jane’s spot is located directly across from the Ellensburg Police and Fire Station.

dick and jane's spot sign

Life is but a dream. :) dick and jane's spot gate

Even the garden gate was artsy! See all the rusted bottle caps? How cool is that? There are over 10,000 bottle caps and thousands of reflectors on various pieces throughout the property.

dick and jane's spot statue

Hmm I wonder who placed the reflectors on this cheeky work of art?

dick and jane's spot backyard

Check out Dick and Jane’s garden. Isn’t it lovely? The top of the fence is covered with old glass insulators. How do they even come up with this stuff?

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If you are ever in Ellensburg, Washington be sure and stop by. Dick and Jane’s Spot was seriously the most eclectic garden I’ve seen yet.

Dick and Jane’s Spot
101 North Pearl Street 
Ellensburg, Washington 

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St. Jude Garden and Kay Kafe

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Well, we did it!

What started off as a crazy idea turned into reality when we met Chef Miles at the St. Jude Garden yesterday in Memphis, Tennessee. We were able to donate enough gnomes so that each one of the 59 garden boxes would be able to have at least one gnome placed in it. How cool is that?

chef miles St. Jude GardenChef Miles, who prepares food for the Kay Kafe gave us a tour of the gardens and talked to us about the types of vegetables they grow at the St. Jude garden {squash, beans, tomatoes, greens, herbs} with the help of volunteers. Thanks to my buddies at Botanical Interests Seed Company we were able to pass along a HUGE seed box of seeds {250+ packets} to Chef Miles for next years garden. Garden gnomes, seeds and money, sounds like the perfect combination if you ask me.

St. Jude Garden Boxes

In case you didn’t know already, at St. Jude the faculty, staff and patients not only get to enjoy the fresh produce from the St. Jude garden, but the cafe tries to make sure all the food served in the Kay Kafe is locally sourced and comes from within 150 miles of the hospital.

St. Jude Garden Boxes

We were not only able to visit the gardens, but we were also to spend time with some of the patients and make a gnome craft, as well as get a private tour and visit the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Because of privacy reasons we did not take any photos but I can tell you we were all very impressed with the facility, the kids and the whole experience. It was a wonderful once in a lifetime experience.

A BIG thank you to everyone who donated a gnome, made a cash donation or wished us well on our journey. It was really a once in a lifetime journey and I am just so glad we were able to help.

I’ll write more later, but I wanted to share the pictures with you asap.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

Mavis

 

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Seattle Urban Farm School Tour

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I was going through some pictures last night and totally forgot to tell you about The Seattle Urban Farm School garden we stopped at while on the Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour last month.

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The Seattle Urban Farm School is a “little farmhouse in the city where folks can see how much food can be grown in a typical 4,000 square foot lot in every part of the yard.”

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It just goes to show that you don’t need a huge piece of property to have a cool garden, a backyard flock of chickens and still manage to have a little seating area out back to hang out with your friends and neighbors.

strawberries in gutters

Stacy’s got it all at her place, including these strawberry plants growing in gutters! How cool is that?

chicken coop green roof

The path alongside her house leads to a couple of raised garden beds where she focuses on growing vertically to save garden space.

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Her chicken coop with a “green” roof is just behind a small patio strip where she has deck chairs set out. You can’t really see it in the photo but it’s a great place to read a book or take a work break from the garden.

vertical pallet garden

My favorite part about her backyard garden, was the vertical pallet gardens she had growing along her fence. I made a strawberry vertical pallet garden last year and had a lot of fun with it.  Stacy’s pallets were filled with nasturtium flowers and herbs and looked ultra hip. She even re-purposed an old bbq and turned it into a herb garden.

The Seattle Urban Farm School was pretty awesome if you ask me. If you’re local, you can check out her hipster classes HERE.

You don’t need a lot of space to have a garden, just a creative mind.

Gardens Rule!

~Mavis

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Garden Apartment in Harlem, New York

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Wow! Check out this email {and all the juicy photos I received from Holly in Harlem, New York!

Hi Mavis!

I have been reading your blog since late winter/early spring of this year and I just love it. My husband Max (I call him Massimo!) and I bought our apartment in Harlem in NYC last summer. We live in 700 square feet, but the best part of the apartment is the deck out back that’s all ours! This was pretty much the selling point for the unit, and we LOVE it.

small space container garden

We’ve been in NYC 8 and 10 years respectively, and had never had outdoor space before or room for any gardens.  I spent all winter researching gardening and we have had a great first year trying it, with mixed success – I like to call it square inch gardening, as opposed to square foot gardening :)  I blog about it and cooking/DIYing/decorating at southernharlem.com.  I am a fellow couponer so I love your money-saving tips and tricks!

container herb garden

I also started some basil indoors from seed on a window sill using pots and plastic bags with holes punched in them.  This worked ok but the plants were leggy – I think they really didn’t get enough light. I think next year I want to turn our dining area into a seed starting area with grow lights in the spring if I can get Massimo on board. Of course, this is a hard sell when you live in 700 sq ft. since then we’ll just have to eat dinner in the bed (or outside, but in March that’s not so appealing..)

vertical pallet garden

Massimo built the pallet planter himself with a pallet a neighbor found and brought home for us on the subway (great neighbor!).  We used gutters to line it and drilled holes in them for drainage.He also built some of the planters (the one with the herbs in it, for example).  Next year we want to build planters all along the top of the wall surrounding the deck and also hang gutters on the walls for more planting space (at least one of us wants to..).

peach tree

We also have to leave room for actually using the deck, as Massimo likes to remind me.  I grew up on a farm in North Carolina, and I never really knew I had the farming gene in me until we got started here. Now I dream of raising a 4-H pig in my back “yard” and having a few chickens. Sadly, I don’t think our neighbors would go for that.

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We signed Max’s parents up for a CSA in the winter and get their leftovers/get their shipments when they’re out of town and LOVE that as a way for urbanites to access fresh local produce.  In addition to our deck, we take great pride in our window boxes since all our neighbors see them.

murphy the dog

We also planted around the trees on our block, which has greatly cut back on the amount of litter. Our dog Murphy likes to help us – she actually eats potting mix with seedlings in it (got a good amount of our chives) – what’s with that?

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and providing a great platform for ideas.

Keep on being green,
Holly

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

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A few weeks ago my online boyfriend Ryan and my buddy Harriet and I went to San Francisco to tour a bunch of gardens. One of the many stops we made was to the Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

orange garden trellis

I guess I never really though about how garden magazines get their photos. I always assumed they had a team of photographers that toured all over the place snapping pictures in other peoples gardens. It never occurred to me that Sunset Magazine {or any magazine for that matter} would have their own garden.

sugar baby watermelon

Seriously. Not only did they have all sorts of plants, flowers and trees growing at the Sunset Magazine headquarters, but they had fruits and vegetables growing too!. How cool is that?

don't eat the berries sign

But if you think you can pick the fruits and vegetables they’ve got growing while on tour, you’d be wrong.

blackberry

The need them all ripe and juicy so they can take pictures for the magazine. :(

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Nerd Alert. This is Ryan, pointing out Gammagrass. If you have never gone on a garden tour with a plant geek before, brace yourself. It’s like taking a kid to a candy store.

gamagrass

I mean I like flowers and everything, but I certainly don’t go around calling them by their botanical name. {Okay, so maybe I don’t know their botanical name, but still}.

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Hollyhocks! I love these. More brides should use them in their bridal bouquets.

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And check out this rusty panel. It’s perfect for cucumbers {or other vining plants} to grow on. Note to self: Find some for next years garden.

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And look at this picture perfect head of lettuce growing in a planter. Now why didn’t I think of that? Don’t you think it would make a great hostess gift?

Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

Yep, Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California was an awesome place to visit.

Even if you don’t get to eat the berries.

How about YOU? Have you been anywhere cool lately?

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Michelle From Albuquerque, NM Sends in Her Garden Photos

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Wow! Check out these awesome garden box photos Michelle from Albuquerque, NM sent in.
Here’s what she had to say:

Hi Mavis,

My name is Michelle and I live in Albuquerque NM.  I rent a house with my husband {who never gardens, but will water} and my best friend Buddy {my dog -who does garden, mostly picking!}

My dad always had a garden when I was growing up outside of Boston, but I hated having to water and weed.  I remember many family dinners forcing down salads and vegetables-now I am a vegetarian  Who knew that not only was he ahead of his time, using organic practices, but that I would inherit his love of gardening long after he was gone!

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I start almost all my veggies from seed in Feb/March and keep them under lights on a metro rack in my guestroom.  Only my daughter from my New England family will visit during seedling time because the room smells like fish emulsion!  After planting my own garden I always have tons of seedlings left so I have a few friends who get them every year.  Last year I sold 50 tomato seedlings at a yard sale for .50 each.  The neighborhood was happy!

container gardening

Like so many other gardeners I am a renter so I started using buckets and containers for my tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and the rest of my plants.

Luckily we have a yard and it has a big cement slab that I put all my containers and raised beds on.  In the last few years I have found a treasure at my local Home Depot.  I found an empty semi-finished wooden bed used to hold and display metal lawn edging. I immediately asked if I could have it and proceeded to tie it into the back of my car.  Driving home was dicey with it hanging 2 feet out the back.  It is 8ft x 2ft.  I have “acquired” 3 so far and love them.  My husband just pops in a bottom and drills some holes and I am ready to go.  They aren’t cedar, but they are free!

I did purchase an 8ft x 4ft cedar planter for my perennials and herbs.  This spring, my daughter {the one to brave the fish room} built me an addition to the back of it so I could plant some taller Yarrow and Echinacea.  She used some cedar fence slats on sale for $1.36 each for a total cost of around 15 bucks!  Natural cedar is supposed to last longer but buying it is so expensive.

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I have salad and greens almost every day-as does my dog-who loves veggies.  He “helps” me garden by chasing away the birds.  He also will dig his own radishes and eat tomatoes and beans off the plants-much to my dismay. Like Lucy, he loves to dig in the ”sweet” smelling composted soil.  I think he would eat it if I didn’t stop him.

I spend all summer canning, drying and freezing all my bounty.  I use many of my recipes for gifts and get “orders” from my friends and family all the time.   My pantry is full of dried fruits and veggies, jams, pickles, pickled veggies, tomato sauce and herbal vinegar. I buy fresh eggs from a friend and trade recipes with her all the time.  If only my dog would let me have chickens…..

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Amazing Bean Trellis and Garden Box Photos

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Wow! Yesterday my buddy Heather from Massachusetts sent me a couple of pictures of her backyard garden, including this one of her daughter reading a book under their bean trellis. Her daughter was suppose to be picking weeds but was caught munching on beans under the trellis instead. ;) Now that’s my kind of girl!

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I’m sure you’ll agree that Heather has a rock star garden. Check out all those raised garden boxes! Beans, squash, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, lettuce, you name it. She’s growing it.

garden boxes

After Heather harvests the beans and onions in her garden boxes, she plans on planting kale, more Brussels sprouts, and Japanese broccoli as part of her fall garden.

chickens eating plants

Caught in the act! It’s a good thing hostas grow back because her crazy chickens ate the plant!

strawberry pot

Remember the DIY Stacked Terra Cotta Planter I made earlier this summer? Well Heather made one too, only she filled hers with strawberry plants instead. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Way to go Heather, your garden rocks! I especially LOVE your bean trellis and I’m totally going to make one of those next year. Keep up the good work!

~Mavis

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Sometimes the Chotskies are Better than the Garden

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One of the tours my buddies Harriet and Ryan and I went on while we were in San Francisco, was to Matt Gil’s sculptor garden. Oddly enough, I didn’t take any photos of his garden, or his metal sculptors.

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Because I was too busy taking pictures of his house.

canyon garden tour

So while everyone else was taking chatting it up with him and talking to the man who designed the garden I was being a weirdo and snapping pictures of his living space. Talk about creepy.

kitchen appliances

I mean seriously, who walks into a home and garden tour and snaps pictures of common, everyday kitchen appliances? It’s just weird.

kitchen island bookshelf

I don’t know if it was the books I was really taking pictures of, or just that I thought his house was cool.

modern decor

Cool in a sort of an eclectic, artsy {without being too artsy} kind of way. As far as I was concerned, the plants could wait. This guy had stuff to see.

sugar packets

Sugar packets!

I took 5 pictures of his sugar packets. Which if you look closely, you’ll notice they are from different restaurants.

Which means:

A. He goes out to eat a lot

B. He totally steals sugar packets.

I don’t know why, but I love that there is someone else out in the world that steals the tall and skinny sugar packets too. {Yes, consider this my confession, I am a tea drinker after all}.

black and white photo

An old family {?} photo in his office. Who are these people? And don’t you think black and white photos show more emotion?

gold tiara with diamonds

A tiara. I wonder if he wears it? Note to self: I need a tiara.

believe in the fantasy

Believe in the Fantasy. I do.

day of the dead figurines

Day of the Dead figurines.

day of the dead wreath

More Day of the Dead stuff. I wonder if this guy made all this or if he bought it?

decorative cross

And lastly, a wooden cross adorned with Madonna, Michael Jackson and a pear.

Sometimes the chotskies, are better than the garden. Sometimes.

~Mavis

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Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

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Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

Have you ever gone on vacation and taken way to many pictures?

Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

Well that’s what happened when I cam home and noticed I had taken over 400 pictures of an estate named Filoli which sits just 30 miles outside of San Francisco, California in the lovely town of Woodside.

potted pansies

If I was ever going to live in a 36,000 square foot mansion on 654 acres and had a slew of people to help me with a 16 acre renaissance garden, I think I might want to live at Filoli for the rest of my life.

Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

This is where I would have my afternoon tea and crumpets.

Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

And gaze upon my fresh flowers that Lawrence the Gardener {yes, that is what his name would be}  would clip for me every third day and artfully arrange for me.

Filoli Mansion Tour

Here is the hallway I’d waltz dance down listing to The Black Eyed Peas.

Filoli Gardens and Mansion

This is the main kitchen. Mrs. Patmore {from Downton Abby} and her crew would love the well lit kitchen and cupboard space, don’t you think?

Filoli Gardens and Mansion

I might need to get a few more dishes though.

Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

And darrrrling, here is the gate Lucy the puggle dog and I would walk through on our morning stroll to the garden.

garden sign

A sign for visiting dignitaries.

large boxwood hedges

 

I must tell Lawrence the tops of the hedges need to be trimmed.

cutting garden

The cutting garden.

Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

The koi pond.

lillypad

Lilly pads.

Filoli Gardens and Mansion Tour

The conservatory.

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This is where I would take my afternoon nap.

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One of my many orchards

brick garden wall

A girl can dream right?

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