A Burle-Marx Inspired Garden

My great good luck to get the opportunity to visit this gorgeous garden.  I hope you enjoy the tour.
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The owner-gardener-designer is a retired landscape architect and is now an artist.
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The work of Roberto Burle-Marx has been an inspiration for her.
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My photographs are poor because I was so busy gawking at all the beauty.
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Molly the Poodle led the way.
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Lushness in dappled shade
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The property is steeply sloped.  The owner built terraces from recycled chunks of concrete.
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Paths and stairways wander everywhere.
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A towering Melianthus major in bloom.
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Tree-sized Euphorbias.
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See how tall that Melianthus is?
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Towering trees--Pines Palms, the Eucalyptus of surrounding properties, and this Aloe:
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Many different Agaves.
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Some California native plants.
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Wonderful views along the stairways and pathways.  The home itself is very small--the garden is all.  The way it should be!
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The garden was begun by the previous owner, and the current owner expanded it and made it even more beautiful.  We actually looked at this property when it was for sale in 1998.  Love at first sight for me, but the time wasn't right, and I am so happy the current owners purchased it.  I could never have done one tenth as well.  
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Echium waking up.
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Even a fasciated Euphorbia along the way.
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Subtle colors...
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An exotic atmosphere...
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...and a pool to swoon over.
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You swooning yet?
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Now, maybe?  Yeah!
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Drooling?   Dreaming?  Sighing?
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You're welcome!  :) 


  1. Thank you so much for sharing these images, such a beautiful garden, breathtaking with all of those shades of green, exotic plants, foliage and colourful flowers...I would love to lose myself there.
    xoxoxo ♡

    1. Happy you could see it, if only through not-great photos. It's wonderful!

  2. Another amazing garden. do you have any idea what the tree like euphoria is, I now need one for my garden!

    1. I think it might have been just common old E. characias wulfenii, grown to huge proportions.

  3. Wow, Hoover Boo, that is truly a beautiful garden! The plantings are fascinating, the terracing is exquisitely done, so much attention to detail, captivating art scattered around the yard, and the pool area is to die for. The whole garden gives me the feeling that it is the life's work of one passionate gardener. Just wonderful! Thanks very much for the tour, very inspiring! Out in the garden now to work on my little patch of Eden :-)!

    1. Happy you enjoyed it! Have fun in the garden--it's another beautiful day...

  4. I'm IMPRESSED !!!!

  5. Nice to see inspired landscape architects' works! The retaining using "urbanite", especially with gravel in the joints, is nicely done, that it looks like limestone ledges.

    1. "Urbantine": thanks, I was trying to remember that term! The owner chose urbanite with lots of gravel in it, looked quite good.

  6. Lush and lovely! What a beautifully personal garden - I feel almost as if I can imagine the artist-gardener at work.

    1. And work work work she did and does. Not only artistic, but also an amazing work ethic.

  7. SO SO pretty and inspiring! thank you!

  8. Yes, this mix of plants is definitely where I'm headed too. That's amazing that you almost bought this property. Wonderful tour, Hoov!

    1. All that was missing was a couple of those wonderful blue palms...

  9. What a great garden you visited. You showed really wonderful photos. Also a surprise that the owner was inspirated by Burle-Marx, I just read an article about this architect. I am for the first time on your blog an I like to see the differences of gardens on the other end of the world. I have a garden in The Netherlands, Europe and I shall be a new follower of you.

    1. Hi Janneke, I've been reading about Burle-Marx also, what a creative mind he had, also scientific. A wonderful mix of talents.

      Happy you enjoyed the photos. I like to see gardens at the other end of the world too!

  10. what a feast for the eyes ..very interesting

  11. Such a beautiful garden! The photos were really fun to look through!


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