The iconic Blue Garden features plants with silvery to blue-gray foliage such as the blue atlas cedar, towering Chilean wine palms, Mexican blue palm, and ground cover planting of blue fescue, among others. Highlights of the garden include two camphor trees native to China and Japan, bunya-bunya, Queensland kauri, and hoop pine, while blue-green glass slag lines the pathways that wind through the garden.
The whimsical Theatre Garden was constructed in 1948 and features seating for more than 100 visitors on sandstone benches. The Garden is filled with Walska’s collection of ancient stone figures, called “grotesques,” which she collected and retrieved from Gallus, France after World War II. The garden is surrounded by African boxwood trees and fern pines.
The Tropical garden began with a collection of orchid cacti and developed into a beautiful sanctuary with a rock-lined streambed, masses of gingers, ornamental and edible bananas, and hanging baskets.
Other features of the Gardens are the newly restored water stairs and cypress allée. Beginning at the swimming pool and culminating at an ornamental carved limestone wellhead, the cypress-lined brick walkway (or allée) offers a lovely amble next to a series of 14 water basins that flow into a large pleasure pond, complete with a sailboat and an island.
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