The centre of the garden is an informal lake around which there are meandering paths and beautiful plantings, designed as settings for the many pieces of sculpture. There are numerous examples of sculpture by Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and other 20C sculptors. Each piece is beautifully integrated into the garden with real sympathy and unlike other sculpture gardens, is not overcrowded. Having been horrified to see a young person being warned for touching a priceless painting, it was most embarrassing to be reprimanded ourselves for sitting on the rough stone base of a Henry Moore! Woops!
|Love the shadows on the wall behind|
The climate in this area is mild and frost free although not so hot and harsh as Palm Springs. Exotics such as Strelitzia, Chrondropetalum and Aeonium mingled with more temperate species such as Phlomis, Nandina, Euphorbia and even grape hyacinths. Later in the summer the pool will be ablaze with marginal irises, water cannas and water lilies. In particular we were fascinated by the huge pods and escaping fluffy seeds of the silk floss tree.
|Dried seedpods of Koelreuteria|
|A shrubby Tagetes|
|Strelitzia of course - part of a huge bed of them|
|Silk floss tree - Ceibia speciosa|
|Silk floss tree in flower - not taken at Norton Simon!|
|Doryanthes palmeri - Palmer Spear lily|
|An Aloe - don't know the species|
|Seedpods of Cassia leptophylla - gold medallion tree|
|Dead flower husks on a young liriodendron - tulip tree. Never seen so many on a young tree and it wasn't a freak as there were several similar aged specimens.|