Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ~ Robin Williams
While it seemed like spring arrived in NoCal months ago, the rest of the country is finally starting to see the signs of warmer temps with blossoms blooming. Spring has officially sprung! So let’s party!
Last spring I had the privilege of shooting two of the most prestigous public gardens in California for Horticulture Magazine; Hakone Gardens and Filoli. Both gardens are located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, to which I call home. Filoli is a country house with 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, CA. Filoli has served as the set for many Hollywood films. Many of you will recognize it as the mansion seen in the opening credits of the television series Dynasty. Hakone Gardens is a traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California. It is recognized as one of the oldest Japanese-style residential garden in the Western Hemisphere. I believe Hakone served as set for the films Snow Falling on Cedars and Memoirs of a Geisha.
When my journey as a professional photographer began, my lens focused primarily on landscapes and flowers. Over a decade later, I am a lucky girl to have been able to maintain this focus while adding a few other ingredients to my repertoire. For those of you who need a dose of spring, take a few minutes and take a virtual walk through these breathtaking gardens. 🌸