Address: 1612 East Third St. Long Beach, CA 90802 Access: 90% accessible
My “Secret Courtyard Garden” has evolved over a long period of time and is ever changing. Hidden from street view, and tucked in between two 1920’s Spanish style rentals is my version of what-can-be-done with a smaller, yet quite large for “vintage apt. bldg.” garden space in this old Long Beach neighborhood. The garden has numerous arbors covered in climbing roses, clematis and jasmine. Many hydrangeas, daylilies, lots of old-fashioned, cottage garden flowers, Louisiana Iris, more roses, and many other annuals and perennials supply lots of BOLD color. Follow the connected pathways and discover several places to sit and view the garden each offering a different vantage point. Lots of garden art and “surprises” pop up where you least expect them.
Ed: Not to be missed!!! Mike’s place is a long-time returning favorite!!!
A small fountain made from “flea market finds” provides a perfect watering hole for the local birds as well as adding the peaceful sound of trickling water. “Bushtit” birds build their amazing architectural nests at eye level in the rose arbors, so be sure to look for them! This garden is definitely “eclectic and funky”…in a good and colorful way.
Thinking out of the box…(aka, small square courtyard), this gardener has created a beauty!