United States of America, California, Monterey County, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Micro Casa (Carmel, California)
Established in 1996, this garden designed by its owner takes its name from its small size--only 40 by 96 feet. The illusion of space begins with the entry gate images of cypress and pine. The trees seem to be carved into the wood and inlaid with copper, but the gates are actually painted to fool the eye. The path of Carmel stone set in a diagonal line implies a strong forward movement. That line is supported by low ground cover and gradually overlapping and layering of more vertical plants. The receding color blue is used extensively in this tiny garden with such plants as Vinca minor 'Bowles', Nepeta x faassenii, Delphinium elatum, Agapanthus umbellatus, Sisyrinchium idahoense, liriope, and iris. These plants also provide a variety of foliage, textures, and shapes. Late spring color is provided by California and Iceland poppies, while digitalis, Solanum jasminoides, camellia, Philadelphus lewisii, and Iris douglasiana give white blooms to add reflection and movement. Following the stone path to the rear garden, the use of stronger colors increases and leads to the sculptural form of the old cypress tree. The horizontal line, giving the illusion of width, continues with the use of white plants outlining the shade area.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mrs. E. Burkett (former owner, 1989-1996); Kirk Busse (contractor, 1989); Ann C. Walbert (landscape designer); and Jose de la Rosa (gardener, 1996 to date).
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The Carmel-By-The-Sea Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes a worksheet with garden plan and a copy of an article about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Doug Hall, "An Eye for Simplicity," Better Homes and Gardens, Vol. 84, No. 10 (October 2006), pp. 136-143+
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