Garden above the Ocean
Walking in a garden in a different climate with sandy soil expands my view of what a garden can be. Perhaps there is no greater contrast from my garden in the desert to gardens on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. High on a rocky cliff near Ft. Bragg, California the Mendocino Botanical Garden mixes the coastal climate elements of salt air, sandy soil, foggy sky and sun to create magical results. The dew soaks my shoes and moisture climbs up the hems of my jeans as I wander down a path in the early morning. Tiny droplets of water ring the leaves and sparkle as patches of sun break through the sky cover of gray. This doesn’t happen in my desert garden.