The Otherworldly Garden
Step through iron gates, patterned in intricate loops and twists as if rendered in European lace. Walk past the densely planted perimeter onto the brick covered courtyard, where a bronze medallion is polished by tires passing over it. Enter the world apart created by Spanish artist Maria del Carmen Calvo and her husband, Dr. Walter L. Henry.
|Photography by Gene Sasse|
The garden has been child and muse to the European-trained artist. What is now her largest masterpiece began like a gesso covered canvas; the couple’s vision of paradise forming in her imagination. In maturity, there are now remaining but two trees, a vine, and a house rendered as an italicized letter “L” from the once inauspicious landscape.
|The orchid room once housed a hot tub|
For the next 30 years, the vision and hands of master artist Calvo sculpted, crafted and made real a garden which regales the senses in a sensual symphony.
|The olive allée|
Outdoor rooms are strung like jewels along pathways. Two story windows and doors left ajar evaporate the distinction between interior and exterior spaces.
Even on the hottest days, the air is cool while strolling under the shade of arbors decorated with the muted shades of English-style roses. Their fragrance joined in delicious seasonal waves of perfume notes from wisteria, lavender and Brugmansia x candida (Angel’s trumpet) 'Double white'.
Water features abound. Some days, egrets dive into the lily pond in hopes of catching a koi for dinner.
A fountain on the patio serves as the headwaters of a rill
pointing to the Pacific Ocean. Hummingbirds dart downward from their nests to sip from the arching waters along the length of
the Lilliputian canal. Smaller birds- and sometimes the family dog- lap up the
shallow waters at the endpoint basin.
|The patio fountain was a gift from a friend|
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 10 AM until 4 PM