Steve and Judy Lipson's Garden

Every year in the Bay Area, there is a garden tour, where people who grow California native plants open up their gardens to the public. Since I’m always on the lookout for new native plant gardens to photograph, that's how I came across this garden, which belongs to Steve and Judy Lipson.  The wild look of the garden perfectly compliments the modern geometric structure of their home. It’s on a large shaded lot full of trees and walking down the garden pathways feels more like walking on a nature trail than being in a garden.  When I asked Steve why they chose to grow a California native garden he told me that after they came across Judith Larner Lowry’s Garden in Bolinas they immediately fell in love with it. They knew they wanted a garden with an informal look where something interesting is happening all the time.  So they hired Judith to design their garden.  Her design is exactly what they hoped,  a wild garden with something interesting happening everywhere you look.   Steve graciously set me free for a few hours to explore and take pictures at my own pace.

  Steve and Judy's garden, with their home in background.  The wild garden compliments the modern structure of the home.

Steve and Judy's garden, with their home in background.  The wild garden compliments the modern structure of the home.

  Symphoricarpos mollis, Snowberry

Symphoricarpos mollis, Snowberry

  Garden bench surrounded by greenery

Garden bench surrounded by greenery

  Symphoricarpos albus, Snowberry

Symphoricarpos albus, Snowberry

  Pentagramma triangularis, Goldback Fern

Pentagramma triangularis, Goldback Fern

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  Monardella villosa, Coyote Mint

Monardella villosa, Coyote Mint

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  Sedum stenopetalum Crassulaceae, Worm Leaf Stonecrop, next to a sheet of 4x5 "polaroid" film (Fuji peel-apart instant film)

Sedum stenopetalum Crassulaceae, Worm Leaf Stonecrop, next to a sheet of 4x5 "polaroid" film (Fuji peel-apart instant film)

  Polypodium Californicum, California Polypody

Polypodium Californicum, California Polypody

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  Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon

Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon

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