Meditation Garden features Deergrass, Brittlebush, Desert Willow, Hooker's Evening Primrose, and Mountain Sedge framing a fountain and bench by Bruce Goss

My clients’ Sierra Madre garden will be on the Theodore Payne Garden Tour this Saturday!  The Tour runs from  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Theodore Payne Garden Tour features 37 gardens across the Los Angeles area during two days, Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th.  This garden is number 19.

Here is what TPF wrote about the garden:

“This foothills landscape showcases unusual plants from the San Gabriel Mountains and local wilderness. The steep, narrow 4,000-square-foot garden, begun early 2011, includes terraces of local stone, rock water features, permeable paving, drains and swales, and formal and woodland plantings.”

Restoration of the local ecology was an important purpose in creating the garden. It features local native plants and more than 75% are species local to the area. Many are rare. It features plants such as the Stream Orchid, Epipactis gigantea, Dudleya lanceolata and D. cymosa, the local Coral Bells, Heuchera elegans, and the Soaproot, Chlorogalum pomeridianum.

Several beautiful fountains by Stonemason Bruce Goss evoke the many streams, rivers and seeps of the San Gabriel Mountains.  See his Flickr Gallery, and find more photos on Facebook.

To see beautiful photos of the work in progress by artist/photographer A. Fanto, go to