Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nataliya and Greg Dixon Garden

Painting by Nadi Spencer

THE MIDDLE FORK of the Kaweah River is the focal point of this garden. As you stroll alongside it you will hear the sounds of birds, frogs and the current while being cooled by the constant breezes that move through the native Willows and Sycamores that thrive along the riverbank.

THE MAIN part of this garden was planted only 5 years ago, and the lower lawn was planted just last year. The Dixons' cousin, from Treats Landscaping, in Claremont, CA, designed the site, while the Dixons did the planting.

THE DIXONS have used a mix of natives and non-natives to provide year-round color. The Rose garden is a favorite of Nataliya's.  Day Lilies, Cyclamen and Coral Bells catch the eye while walking the path to the "Grandparents' House".  The home is set off by Roses, Camelias, Fringe Flowers, and Evergreen Magnolias. Privacy screening is created by Hopseed Bushes, Photinia, Alders, and large Pride of Madeiras. Pines, a small grove of Coast Redwoods, and a Smoke Tree also screen the property.

HEIGHT in the front garden is provided by several Smoke Trees, a Saucer Magnolia, and Crepe Myrtles. to the right of the front door are showy Weeping junipers, their gray foliage a nice contrast to other plants. Sago Palms are spotted throughout the planting island.

A TIERED lawn sweeps dramatically down to the river. The upper lawn area is planted in Fescue, while the unmown hillside is Creeping Red Fescue. Beyond the hillside is stunningly beautiful Perennial Ryegrass turf. ycamores, Livve Oaks, and Valley Oaks frame this serene setting.

Food Fare: The Village Market
Artist Painting on Site: Sharon Banister
Artists: George Smith, Pam Lockhart
Art of Garden: Nadi Spencer 

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