Nick Federoff (Things Green, PBS and KCAL TV) calls this gardener, the “plant whisperer”. This fantasy-themed garden will always be an “unfinished canvas”. A scaled hobbit village provides the back-drop for a 7’ solid wood caterpillar (Absolem, from “Alice in Wonderland”), who greets all comers from atop his tuffet.
Yellow thunbergia alata is rambling up the arbor over the main walkway, trying to get as close to the sun as possible. On the other side of the driveway, the more common orange thunbergia provides a backdrop to another mystical residence. Those “spikey” blue plants are among this gardener’s favorites: verbena bonariensis. The ficus repens vine on the main dwelling helps soften the hard stucco look on the Spanish-style house, turned Danish Country Manor.
The fantasy continues to the rear yard. A topiary goat is hampered in efforts to sell lemonade with all the flowering vines coming from his cart. The sycamore trees come to life but seem to be more interested in each other than anything else. Antique stain glass adorns the area enhanced by three water features. Wonder, who or what is going in and out of all those little doors on the walls? See the baby bear who is attracted to looking inside an open window.
This residence is a thirteen time Grand Prize winner in the Cerritos “City-Wide-Pride” Contest and was filmed by Huell Howser’s crew shortly before his death.
The garden has been used as a backdrop for TV’s Things Green and MTV, as well as being showcased on PBS. This gardener sometimes gets so excited, he “wets his plants”. Bring yourself once and leave with the little child in you.