Saturday, June 23, 10 am – 5 pm
Nestled among towering redwoods on a rural ridge top, Digging Dog Nursery and its elaborately planted grounds cover approximately two acres. A verdant backdrop of clipped evergreen and deciduous hedges sculpt distinctly separate spaces, thresholds, and views beckoning with anticipation. Inspired by old-style tradition and emphasizing year-round appeal, the garden’s dramatic perennial borders, some more than 150-feet long, are threaded together by pathways and tree-lined trails. This structured layout juxtaposes ebullient plantings, which feature a diverse collection of unusual plants and favored mainstays. The landscape designer and co-owner will be giving two informative guided tours amidst the nursery’s surrounding gardens. Digging Dog Nursery is a mail-order and retail nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines that flourish in a variety of garden settings throughout the country. Plants will be available for sale.
View descriptions and photographs of each of the gardens by clicking on the links on the right.
Wine & Hors D'oeuvres Reception
Join us Friday, June 22, from 3 pm to 5 pm, for wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Garden Shop & Plant Sale at MAC
On June 22, 10 am to 5 pm, and June 23, 9 am to 5 pm, browse the Mendocino Art Center's Garden Shop, featuring an array of plants, creative handcrafted garden art and many other surprises! On Friday, 1 pm to 4 pm, sculptor Judith Greenleaf will demonstrate how to build outdoor garden decor using cement.
The Mendocino Art Center grounds are beautifully landscaped, primarily with native plants, and the Zacha Sculpture Garden features not only sculpture, but a lovely tiled courtyard surrounded by the art studios.
Members' Juried Garden Show
2nd Saturday Artists Reception: June 9, 5 pm–8pm
First Place: Karen Bowers,
"The Blooming Woods"
The Mendocino Art Center shines its Main and Nichols galleries spotlight on the all-media artwork of its contributing members in the Members’ Juried Garden Show, coinciding with the Art Center's Garden Tour, June 23. Each year, the Mendocino Art Center presents two exhibits featuring the finest works created by the Art Center's members. A highly competitive juried selection process leads to an exceptionally creative, high quality, and much anticipated gallery showing with a wide spectrum of artwork, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, wood furniture and photography.
The exhibit was juried by Birgit O'Connor.
Benefit Lunch at Ravens' Restaurant
On Garden Tour day, the Ravens' Restaurant at the Stanford Inn by the Sea, the north coast's premier organic vegetarian restaurant, will host a special gourmet lunch. The menu offers a choice of Ethiopian cuisine or a portobello mushroom sandwich. Both served with dessert. The meal is not the only sensory pleasure, with a breathtaking view from the dining room extending from the Big River Estuary to the Pacific Ocean.
Inspired by the Stanford’s Certified Organic gardens, the Ravens' Restaurant is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for vegetarian cuisine. Guests at Stanford Inn, as well as local Mendocino residents, consider Ravens' Restaurant to be an essential dining experience on the Mendocino Coast.