Worth Garden: A Paradise in Mill Valley

Worth Garden /Silver leaves and Steps Photo © Alice Joyce

Artist/Photographer Don Worth created a paradise garden in Mill Valley, California. Soon you’ll have a rare opportunity to experience the garden’s tropical splendor on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 when The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program allows visitors access to this beguiling landscape. In 1964 Worth bought the property in Mill Valley and began to work on a garden. When I walked through the landscape with Don in 2004, he remembered thinking of all the photographs he would take. “It became a laboratory for me,” he said, “… a never-ending source of subject matter.” Don passed away recently, but his garden remains a testament to a stunning artistic vision. You’d never know this setting had been overgrown with poison oak, French broom, wild blackberries and as Don told me, “more different kinds of weeds than one can imagine.”

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Andy Cao Hosted by The Garden Conservancy

Andy Cao lecture on Thursday, November 17, 2011; an evening hosted by The Garden Conservancy at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. Full details on the lecture – Incidental Placemaking: Beauty and Dreams, along with registration information can be found on The Garden Conservancy web site. Andy Cao’s lyrical, dreamlike installation at Cornerstone Sonoma: Bai Yun : White Cloud represents a stunning transformation of the original Cao – Perrot Studio design created for the Cornerstone Festival: the Lullaby Garden.

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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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