Boboli Gardens, Florence

This is where it all began. The garden was begun in 1549 and was developed for what it is today for almost 200 years. It was owned by the wealthy Medici family and became the example of formal gardens for Europe and the western world. Before this garden there were just farms owned by the…

Garden Tour of Italy

I will be visiting Italy from May 4 thru May 25 and will visit some classical villas and gardens along with some newer gardens. The climate of Italy is Mediterranean which is the same as much of California so the plants used are similar. The tour starts in Florence and goes to Pienza, Cortona, Siena…

Crossroads Flowers

Dawn Landscaping maintains the landscape at both campuses of Crossroads Church. The N. Campus is 17 acres at 10050 Wolf Rd., Grass Valley. The S. Campus is 6 acres at 1101 Auburn Ravine Rd., Auburn NORTH CAMPUS The Nevada county campus has the main sanctuary building, the north building for Jr. High meetings and other…

Progression of Daffodils

The Daffodil season starts in December at Dawn Gardens. All Daffodils are in the Narcissus genus and there are 13,000 varieties but Dawn Gardens has only about 100 of them. We planted about 50,000 daffodils in the past 20 years and they have multiplied to about 100,000. Narcissus ‘Paper White’ bloom in December thru January…

New House, New Garden

Lonnie and Karen built a new house in S. Auburn and wanted a front garden with drought tolerant plants and no lawn. Here are views of the front of the house before the landscaping was installed: The weeds were sprayed and then, a week later, all the flat areas were rototilled to loosen up the…

See Through Plants

Some plants have thin and sparse flower stems so you can see through them to the garden on the other side. These plants move in the wind and add kinetic interest to the garden. Gaura lindheimeri Verbena bonariensis Gay Feather (Liatris spicata) Molinea ‘Skyracer’ Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Geum ‘Mrs. J. Bradshaw’ Incarvillea arguta Persicaria amplexicaulis…

Garden of D’Lights

On January 9, 2022 I went to visit friends in Walnut Creek California. We went to the Ruth Bancroft Garden where they had an evening light show. The cactus, Agaves, and succulents are striking enough during the day but at night it is like being in another world. The garden was planted in the 60’s…

Replace Lawn with Plants

Buzz and Sue’s front lawn in Auburn was using too much water so they asked me to replace it with perennials, grasses and shrubs. This is a chronology of the job: The lawn had 2 trees which were going to be left but pruned. The lawn was sprayed to kill the Bermuda Grass. The dead…

The Winter Garden

We don’t get much snow at Dawn Gardens since the elevation is only 1300′. But this year we got a little snow – just enough to bring winter beauty to the garden but not enough to cause damage. Here are a couple of videos taken on golf cart rides through the garden: The Camellia garden…