Magazine article Sunset

In Napa Valley, a Classic California Garden That Looks, Sounds, and Smells Mediterranean

Magazine article Sunset

In Napa Valley, a Classic California Garden That Looks, Sounds, and Smells Mediterranean

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In Napa Valley, a classic California garden that looks, sounds, and smells Mediterranean

A classic California landscape of Mediterranean heritage best describes the gardens JackChandler designed for his home in Rutherford, California.

Borrowing from the history of the property's original Italian owners, Chandler used two existing trees--an old olive and a fig--as the foundation of the new land-scape he finished in 1984.

Around them he created a romantic garden that caresses the senses in traditional Mediterranean style. It is ideally suited to California's dry-summer climate and to casual outdoor living.

Plants play a key role in providing the pleasures of sight, sound, and smell. Flowering perennials were chosen for blooms in pastel blues, pinks, and whites.

Gray-foliaged plants, such as artemesia, Russian sage, and santolina, weave plantings together while also tying them to the foliage of the olive and to the muted walls of Napa Valley stone. The gray foliage adds shimmering tones of light.

The Chandler garden is intensely aromatic. Many of the gray-foliaged plants have fragrant flowers and leaves, but there are also the sweet smells of citrus, osmanthus, sarcococca, and star jasmine. …

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