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 fantasy village greets you as you approach this spanish-style tract house turned Danish country manor, but Mr. Pig does not like seem to like all the commotion. Yellow thunbergia (alata) is rambling up the arbor on the entry way greeting all comers. On the other side of the drive way (the more common), orange thunbergia provides a backdrop to another mystical residence. Various salvias adorn the front yard around the stream. Those “spikey” blue plants (“flower on a stick”) are among this gardener’s favorite plant: verbena bonariensis. That vine on the house is creeping fig (ficus repens) growing to “soften” the look of the hard stucco.
The fantasy theme 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 specific water features. Try to wonder, who or what is going through all those little doors on the wall. This residence is a thirteen time winner of the Cerritos city-wide pride contest and was filmed by Huell Howser’s crew shorty before his death. The garden has been used as a backdrop for TV’s Thing’s Green and MTV. Bring yourself once and leave with the little child in you.