Our Lake Forest home is located under a eucalyptus grove, so we have had to become inventive in what we can grow under the trees. Due to all the different microclimates on our property (sun, filtered light, dappled shade and deep shade) we have found that container gardening works best. If it doesn’t work in one spot, pick it up and move it to another; that’s our motto. Dictating the look and theme of these plantings is the B&C Garden Railroad, 1:24-scale model trains, which run on two independent lines, one in the front, and the main line in the backyard. Along the side of the driveway is an elevated railway, which meanders over decorative pots, and whiskey barrels planted and staged with miniature buildings. The backyard deck was designed with the garden railroad in mind, allowing the engines to run alongside, around, over and underneath the deck; giving garden visitors different vantage points to view the train’s route. Next to the train tracks are whimsical scenes featuring wee townsfolk, buildings, cars and in scale plantings – mostly done in antique and vintage containers. Last November, the front lawn was removed and landscaped with over 30 varieties of California drought-tolerant plants.
As you follow the trains’ pathway, we encourage every one of all ages to discover the many stories tucked away in our gardens. You might even find out where Waldo has been hiding!!!