The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA is the land of giant succulents. Planted 40 years ago after the walnut trees died in a working orchard, today’s specimens span many varieties and ages. Handy tables underneath the expansive shade, winding paths around islands of cacti, and human-scale sculptures hidden everywhere make this garden far more private and intimate than other similar undertakings.
If I was a good tour guide I would show you photos of the grounds for a sense of scale and the variety of the cacti. Garden Bloggers Fling and Far Out Flora have done a great job of the first. Master Gardner Betty Holmer and Danger Garden show you the second.
What I’m really excited about is how incredible these plants look in a variety of patterns and elements of form:
And what I love even more is how amazingly tender and delicate these ferociously spiny and tenacious plants look:
- Succulents: The Busy Woman’s Plant (proplants.com)
- Desert Landscaping: Top Succulents Used in Phoenix (local.answers.com)
- Learn how to create garden wall art with succulents on June 12! (ssmhortsociety.com)