Plants of The Mojave II: The Anneberg Gardens~

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There are reflecting ponds everywhere.

Sunnylands, the former Annenberg estate in Palm Springs California, is now open for public tours. The 200 acre desert estate consists of 9 acres of formally designed desert landscape, with 53,000 drought tolerant plants. Join me for a tour.

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Sunnylands was designed by landscape architect James Burnett at the behest of Leonore Annenberg. It was modeled after Van Gogh’s 1889 painting, Olive Trees.

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The gardens are laid out in a precise geometric grid and are completely flat. This would not be my choice for a desert garden, as I prefer the rolling, random-look, of natural desert landscapes, but the effect are sometimes striking.

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The garden was designed with plants selected so that something would be blooming year round.

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An amazing variety of of desert plants are growing here.

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And despite the geometric-grid design, there is the peaceful feel of the Impressionists here.

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Cheers to you from Sunnylands.

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