Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flora Grubb Gardens

If you have not yet read about, or heard about, or seen Flora Grubb and the work that comes out of her nursery, then you have certainly missed a garden design superstar and an undeniable inspiration for many of us. Undoubtedly, you must have seen her work somewhere since published examples and articles highlighting her design work have been around now for several years. After seeing the headquarters at the nursery, I came away feeling like I'd had a relaxing afternoon at a garden spa. It was amazing and I bought some really special garden items but I will post those later.
Lehua. Metrosideros collina 'Springfire'. Hardy in zones 9-11.
Isopogon anethifolius 'Cura Moors'. This is an Australian Protea that's a shrub. Hardy to 20-25°F.
Strelitzia nicolai.
Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola'.
Willow Cone Bush. Leucadendron salignum 'Blush'.  Zone 9b-11.
Fernleaf Banksia. Banksia blechnifolia. Hardy to the mid-20sF.
Kohuhu. Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Gold Star'. Hardy to 20sF.

I feel bad that I missed so many other fine details and plants but I was on such a tight schedule to get up to Santa Rosa to meet my husband after he finished a weekend course on wine chemistry. I tried to stop at some other shops on my way but the traffic and parking in San Fran is so bad I grew impatient and headed north. 

From there, we drove for over an hour up to his dad's house and to the vineyard in Lake County. I was so sad to see all of the rain, but then I realized that this would be the end of tailing my husband in his California car and that seemed much worse. After a night in Kelseyville, I was on my own, but many adventures were ahead of me and I looked forward to hunting for native plants, collecting rocks for the garden, and stuffing large pieces of driftwood into the car. (I will go back to Lake County next time in search of a rare endemic native plant.)


  1. magnifique les sculptures 'vélo'..en fer!

  2. Those big banana leaves, and the white flower? Our Strelitzia nicolai. Grows HUGE!

  3. Elephant's Eye,
    I will add that to the photo caption. I am so busy unpacking I didn't write as much as I wanted to. I have seen the Strelitzia growing in Los Angeles and it always looks so funny. The size of the flower is just crazy and it looks hilarious in the concrete jungle.

  4. Some lovely sculptures there. Some of those geometric looking metal sculptures remind me of some of my old sculptures from my time in art college. Some of the skeletons of those sculptures still poke out from between the plants in my parents gardens.

  5. I would need a truck to load everything I would want to take home of those the artistry..have fun on the rest of the journey

  6. Looks like an incredible nursery to visit with the added benefit of all the art. Thanks for taking us with you.


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