And More Ruth Bancroft Gardens

The Ruth Bancroft Gardens were so fun to visit. I keep coming back to my photos from the trip. I will miss their sale this weekend but I do have even more pictures to enjoy.

Cactus Flower by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Cactus Flower by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Sculpture ran throughout the Ruth Bancroft Gardens. Some whimsical:

Bronze Handed Woman by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Bronze Handed Woman by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

And some seriously playful:

Primary Cat by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Primary Cat by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Unfortunately, I did not write down the names of the artists involved but there is a list at the Garden if you go.

Sculpture is a great fit for a succulent garden because of the sculptural quality of the plants, both large:

Living Sculpture by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Living Sculpture by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

And small:

Cactus Shark Teeth by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Cactus Shark Teeth by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Inspired by my visit, I assessed  the few succulents that I have.

The spines of my trichocereus grandiflorus (I only knew that because it still had the tag) were full of leaves and dead oak flowers so I combed the long spines of my cactus (I kid you not). The spines not only radiated toward you but also horizontally toward each other. The only way to “comb” was to run straight down the middle of each row. The spines did not break at all and the plant  looks much cleaner now but is definitely not photogenic. Nor is another unknown with red blossoms on a tall stem.

I made up for not being able to go to the plant sale by buying an aloe nobilis, an echeveria harmsii and a barrel cactus (more spines!) at my local Lowe’s.

Amazing how that brief one hour visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden has given me hours of fun through photos and gardening! Thank you to Ruth and all the folks who run and manage the garden!