United States of America, California, Mendocino, Mendocino
The Gardens at Harmony Woods (Mendocino, California)
The gardens at Harmony Woods were planted over a series of twenty years. The informal gardens are located on ten acres, with six of them located within redwood forests. The gardens grow under a canopy of coastal redwoods, which are only found natively in the United States along the coastal northwest corridor. The gardens exist in a temperate micro-climate. The emphasis of the garden plantings is focused on rhododendron species (over 300 species) and conifers (over 200 species) along with an additional focus on maples and ferns. These are comingled with a vast array of rare and companion plants in over thirty beds forming a cohesive whole. Water is uniquely integrated into the landscape. Two natural streams border the property to the north and south. Constructed in 2006-2007, a stream, waterfalls and a stone bridge are all located within the garden area. The field stone, not quarried rock, has been laid without visible seams. Driftwood and metal artifacts are displayed throughout the garden.
The Craftsman-style house was built by the first owners of the property in the 1980s who wanted a house built that opened up to the meadow and redwood forest.
The garden is open to the public because horticultural education is an important part of the gardens at Harmony Woods. Research, mapping, and cataloging are of vital significance to the gardens. All the plants are labeled with their botanical names so that a visitor can learn from the garden while enjoying the collection for its surface beauty.
The Garden at Harmony Woods has been featured on numerous garden tours and fundraisers including The Garden Conservancy Open Days tour and the American Rhododendron Society, among others.
Persons associated with the garden include: Cecily and Terry Klingman (former owners, 1980-1992), Michael Leventhal (architect, 1980-1981) and Jaen Treesinger (landscape designer, 1992-2000), Franz Arner and Cheri Christiansen (waterfall and bridge designer, 2006-2007).
The folder includes worksheets, garden plans and maps, photo copies of articles, and plant lists.
Garden has been featured in "A Redwood Retreat", featured in HGTV's "Grow It" with Jeff Cox, 1999
Garden has been featured in Conifer Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 2012, "Living With Nature Through Gentle Guidance", pages 6-8
Garden has been featured in American Rhododendron Society, Noyo Chapter Newsletter, November 2011
Garden has been featured in American Rhododendron Society, Eureka Chapter, April 2009
Garden has been featured in American Rhododendron Society, California Chapter, 2010
Garden has been featured in Spring Home & Garden, Thursday March 27, 2008, page 5
Garden has been featured in Summer Home & Garden, Thursday June 21, 2012, page 3
Garden has been featured in "A Passion for Rhododendrons" a film made in 2008 for the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens which included the Gardens at Harmony Woods. Film makers are Carmen Goodyear and Laurie York
Home featured in "Fine Homebuilding, Great Houses, Craftsman-style Houses", Taunton Press, 1991, pages 59-63