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.
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: email@example.com