Estate Gardens of California

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Random House Incorporated, 2002 - Gardening - 175 pages
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Detailed with loving accuracy in the photography of Melba Levick and in the lucid prose of Karen Dardick, Estate Gardens of California showcases fifteen magnificent estate gardens that are uniquely, exuberantly Californian. Included within are the classically inspired, 654-acre gardens of Filoli near San Francisco, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation-an estate with grounds of such alluring beauty that many times the cameras of Hollywood have come here to film; the Huntington Library Gardens in San Marino, one of the most important botanical gardens in the world; and the opulent and strange but wildly popular Lotusland in Montecito, a fantasy world of exquisite beauty created by Madam Ganna Walska with famed designer Lockwood de Forest. Other gardens featured are in Pebble Beach, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and Rancho Palos Verdes. It is the plant palette of almost endless possibilities that makes California's great gardens so breathtaking. In Estate Gardens a rare and privileged glimpse of these possibilities is given.

Cohen Estate, Newport Beach (owner of Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles)
Collins Estate, Beverly Hills
Hacienda Mar Monte, Pebble Beach
Descanso Gardens, La Canada (open to public)
Filoli, Woodside (open to public)
Lotusland, Montecito (open to public)
Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach (open to public)
Stathatos Estate, San Marino
Beaulieu Residence, Napa Valley (private residence of owner of Beaulieu winery)
Villa Fiore, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Huntington Library, San Marino (open to public)
Val Verde, Montecito (open for limited public viewing)
Villa Narcissa, Rancho Palos Verdes
Virginia Robinson Estate and Gardens, Beverly Hills (open for limited public viewing)
Alden Estate, Santa Monica Canyon.

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About the author (2002)

Melba Levick is a widely published and exhibited photographer based in Paris and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in more than twenty books and numerous magazine articles both in Europe and in the United States. Levick has worked on many Rizzoli titles, including the best selling Casa California.

Karen Dardick is a writer and garden expert widely known for her articles in the Los Angeles Times, House & Garden, The American Gardener, and other journals and newspapers. Dardick's bylined articles appear monthly in the Pasadena StarNews, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and the San Diego Union Tribune.

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