United States of America, California, Mendocino County, Manchester
Thompson Garden (Manchester, California)
"The garden is distinguished from most gardens primarily by two features: an extensive planting of heathers and the use of driftwood and other 'found' material in the construction of garden furniture and structures."
"There are three separate heather gardens consisting of more than 250 cultivars. Heathers were introduced into the garden in 1986 as an uninformed experiment. They proved to be so well suited to existing growing conditions, so readily propagated and so easy to maintain that we couldn't stop planting them until we ran out of space. It's just as well that we have only two and one-half acres."
"In addition to the gates, trellises, benches, etc., there is a Victorian style tree house and a dragon. The tree house is built in one of the largest Monterey cypresses in the United States. A weeping spruce grew to form three humps which suggested the body of a dragon; all that was needed was a head and tail which were carved from redwood. Recently a baby dragon, hatching from an egg, was added."
"The garden at one time was the barn lot of one of the earliest settlers in this area; the old house (ca. 1854) still stands on an adjoining lot. The horse barn (we lived in it while building our house) and the Monterey cypress trees planted long ago as a windbreak are distinctive features of the garden. The cypress trees protect the garden from the winds off the Pacific coast one-half mile to the northwest."
"The design of the garden and all the structures (except the barn) are the product of our own imagination (whimsey?) and effort. This may be only too obvious to the discerning eye of a professional garden designer. However, the process and the results are more meaningful and gratifying for having done it without professional help."
Persons associated with the property include: Samuel Hunter (ca. 1850), Harold Hunter (to 1966), and George Paddleford (1966-1972).
The folder includes a property outline and aerial photograph overview, a description and worksheet, and copies of magazine and newspaper articles. The garden is noted for its use of heathers, Monterey cypress, driftwood, and "found" materials.
Garden has been featured in Flower and Garden, June/July 1994
Garden has been featured in Flower and Garden, October/November 1994
Garden has been featured in Home, October 1987
Garden has been featured in Garden Design, September/October 1993
Garden has been featured in House Beautiful, July 1996
Garden has been featured in Home and Garden, March 1991
Garden has been featured in Sunset Magazine, August 1996
Garden has been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, October 9, 1996
Garden has been featured in Louis Oliver Gropp, ed., Design Principles at Work, House Beautiful Gardens: Outdoors. Hearst Books, 1998