by germinatrix | July 14th, 2009
I love the California’s Central Coast and Central Valley – it is such a treat to take that curvy drive up the coastline on Highway 101 and spend a weekend in one of my favorite places – the teensy little town of Baywood. It is so full of charm! Jan and I went there for the first time about five years ago, for the wedding of our dearest friends Carla and Kevin (Another AMAZING garden wedding!). Carla’s parents opened their home and created a very memorable weekend back then, and as a result Jan and I keep on going back to this tranquil seaside hamlet, for wonderful visits with the Denker family.
The Denkers have landscaped with grasses – they are tough and totally appropriate to the beachy, coastal vibe. Everything moves with the slightest breeze – the briza, the festuca, the miscanthus and pennisetums are swaying and dancing to the music of the gulls and egrets.
It is impossible not to unwind in a place like this – everything is … chill – like the landscape. Nothing buttoned up or ‘maintained’ within an inch of it’s life. In the landscapes I work on, there is always something hard against something soft; lots of contrast of texture – but here I am enveloped by wispy, gentle fuzziness- soft next to soft surrounded by more soft … and I love it!
The weekend was too short, as usual – but the car ride back to LA takes us through Santa Barbara, and the best chorizo tacos anywhere. Thanks to the Denkers for the beauty, the food, and the many good times in their breezy, wide open seaside spaces!