Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ted and Terri Hiltel Garden

Portrait of Terri by Nadi Spencer

THIS WELL-ESTABLISHED garden, designed by the Hiltels, has grown in increments since the house was built in 1979. The river-front property is known for its mature, multi-trunked Oak trees. two mature monterey Pines, one planted after its tenure as the family's Christmas tree, provide contrast to the Oaks.

ENJOY the Azaleas and a mature native Ginger at the front door. Terri's fondness for hydrangeas, Camelias, and ferns is obvious on the front porch. Two large Lilacs flank the entryway. This locale affords excellent views of the South Fork of the Kaweah River and, as you cross the deck, a spectacular scene of a waterfall above the family swimming hole emerges.

TERRI refers to her garden as a "Renegade Garden" because the plants tend to do their own thing. Santolina, Rosemary,Forsythia and Crepe Myrtle run wild in front of the greenhouse, which is open for viewing. Walking along the driveway to the left of the house you will find White Rock Roses, Butterfly Bushes, Willows, Dogwood trees

THE HILTELS previously owned an antique store, so some favorite treasures are tucked into the gardens, and rivers rocks and boulders have been incorporated into the design. Except for the moving of the largest boulders, all the rock-work was done by Ted. And look for the charming fire pit surrounded by Raywood Ash, Butterfly Busheds and French lavender.

Food Fare: Sierra Subs and Salads
Artist Painting on Site: Nadi Spencer
Music: COS Cello Ensemble

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