Val d’Orica

Val d’Orcia is a beautiful valley south of Florence that has received the UNESCO World Heritage Site Award. The rolling hills and pointed cypress trees earn the status of being in the sets of many movies. LA FOCE GARDEN Entrance courtyard The view from the La Foce garden to the valley is spectacular. The precisely…

How to Make Raviolis

We did a lot of traveling today and did 3 different things. Learning How to Make Ravioli at Badia a Coltinuono, a winery and restaurant near Chiante: The finished product in the left trays. Step 1: Roll out the dough. Step 2: cut circles from the dough. Step 3: Place the mixture of spinach, cheese…

Villa Gamberaia

About 55 years ago I took a class in garden history at UCB. I wondered if I would ever get to see any of those gardens and today I did. My professor said that Villa Gamberaia was a perfect example of a renaissance garden using the views to enhance the landscape. VIEWS OF TUSCANY FROM…

Villa La Pietra

It was a rainy day but I still got some good pictures of one of the most beautiful gardens in the hills above Florence, Italy. The entry drive is long and lined with Italian Cypresses which were planted over 100 years ago. The villa was built in 1470 as a farmhouse and remodeled many times…

Torrigiani Garden

This garden is the largest private garden in Europe that is wholly inside the city limits. It is about 15 acres and has 2 full time gardeners. This is a typical view of the city streets that surround the garden. The 25′ wall is a complete barrier from the outside world for the garden and…

Boboli Gardens, Florence

This is where it all began. The garden was begun in 1549 and now has been in existence for 500 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 rich and military…

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 first tour starts in Florence and goes to Pienza, Cortona,…

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. Narcissus ‘Paper White’ bloom in December thru January and a few into February. They are…