"There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations."
|Add caption(L) Michel was born in South Africa. His education completed in Italy. (R) Jo is a California girl|
|A faux bridge of timber extends the sense of space to their uniquely charming property|
|The roses are in bud. They be in full bloom for the tour.|
Perhaps his instincts for guiding the property were formed as a little boy. Michel smiles, remembering "I followed mom with a little shovel."
Side by side, in collaboration with each other, the couple worked tirelessly to release the full beauty and usefulness of the garden setting.
Eight years later, the gates of 'Le Reve', French for The Dream, will open for the charitable event.
|Isabella loves the tree swing|
Bougainvillea and grapes now entwine a simple arbor. The pots beneath brake balls in flight before they can escape a small sports lawn.
There is a story on the ironwork above the garage...
|The symmetry of the architecture repeated in matching potted plants at the entrance.|
It was repurposed from railing removed when the stoop at the main entrance was made friendlier through enlarging its footprint.
Every window in the home is oriented towards a garden view. Jo says if one pays attention that even in the mild Southern California climate "There are four distinct seasons."
More about this wondrous garden, and the people who dreamed her into being, in my next post.
Until we meet again, Thank YOU for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful.
The Faris family garden is just one of five gardens The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain is featuring in support of Plant Biology Science and Horticultural Scholarships at local universities and colleges.
Date: Saturday, May 09, 2015
Time: 10 AM until 4 PM
To order Tickets for the self-guided tour, or for more information, please click here, or phone (949) 837- 2141.