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In The Garden

Winter White And An Island Garden

Have we had enough snow yet!? 

Honestly though, I think in so many ways we are really, really lucky because it is absolutely beautiful!

Go for a walk at night or first thing in the morning, before any cars are out on the roads.  With a little moonlight, the whiteness of the snow reflects the light of the moon and makes everything sparkle.  And, walking on a new blanket of snow is so reverently silent, save the crunch of your steps.  I love that.

Snow accentuates the bones of a garden, be it a fence, boxwood hedge, furniture left out for the winter, even the most mundane bird-feeder.  This is when winter is at its best….when snow and the garden create a sculptural landscape, the beauty of which is impossible to ignore.

Think about this as you enjoy your garden next summer and remember not to forget the “bones” of your outdoor spaces.

And for a bit of spring and summer color to offer a contrast to all the winter white, Alcatraz Island. How can such a harsh place be so beautiful and hospitable today?  Over ten years ago the Garden Conservancy, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Parks Service began a collaborative effort to renew and tend the long-abandoned gardens on the island. 

I have put this on my list of places to see in 2014!  In the meantime, their site and the images above will give you a glimpse of the history of the island, the people who inhabited it, and the fabulous gardens that are there for all of us to enjoy today.

January 09, 2014 by Jessie Davidson


  • Pat Bertsche:

    January 17, 2014

    I always enjoy your newsletters, Jessie.

    Happy New Year!


  • Cele:

    January 17, 2014

    Ms phoebe looks so regal!

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