Islamic Gardens

Gift of Persia: Moorish, Mughal, Mediterranean Influence on California Gardens

Fountains Nishat Bagh Mughal Gardens: Wikipedia by Mckay Savage

Anticipating with great enthusiasm the latest offering in the 2011 Ruth Bancroft Horticultural Series. The seminar, presented by the Ruth Bancroft Garden and The Garden Conservancy is enticingly titled: Gift of Persia: Exotic Gardens for California, on Friday July 15th at The Gardens at Heather Farm. Gift of Persia: Exotic Gardens for California will look at the influence of Moorish, Mughal, and Mediterranean garden architecture on contemporary California gardens.

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Botanical Gardens

Iconic American Landscape: Ruth Bancroft Garden

Bancroft Garden - Photo: Brian Kemble

Displaying an originality that outshines traditional garden settings, The Ruth Bancroft Garden, located in Walnut Creek, California, reveals an eccentric cast of characters, along with an enthusiasm for succulent plants that traces back to the 1950s, when Mrs. Bancroft began collecting potted specimens. Ruth Bancroft’s design artistry and gardening prowess as creator of an iconic landscape inspired the founding of The Garden Conservancy in 1989. Having set its sights on preserving our country’s horticultural legacy, the Conservancy championed the 3-acre Ruth Bancroft Garden, selecting it as the first to be listed on the organization’s register.

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Landscape Architecture

Open Days: America's Gardens

Entrée to Private American Gardens: Even though it’s too early to purchase a new directory to see listings of the private and public gardens in the U.S. that will be participating in next year, the holiday season has me in the mood to trumpet the Open Days Program for 2011. Bookmark the link, so you can order a 2011 directory as soon they begin taking orders, and put the Open Days in your area on your calendar!

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