My Kind of Garden Art


A couple more photos from the gardens–a cool glass house with a door that swivels in the wind:


and my kind of perennial border, all salvia, euphorbia, grasses–and a vineyard in the background!  How do I get me one of those?



  1. Fabulous! I wouldn’t invest in garden art myself because I’d probably get tired of the stuff I’d paid too much money for and just feel stuck with it. I’m more likely to invest in the colorful Mexican stuff for under $5.

    Btw, I clicked-to-enlarge them all and discovered that emerging from the ground in the top photo are NOT phalluses but – less disconcertingly – hands. (Here in the DC area, we get our fill of phallic public art in the Washington Monument.)

  2. One of my teachers told me outdoor art just gets lost in a garden, but I have several of my pieces in my beds, and my favorite response to them is when people have asked me the name of that plant. And birdhouses can be fun too. Of course, you were looking at “serious” art, meant to be seen exclusive of the plants. I don’t know, I like some of that too, but surroundings should be considered. The car works for me, as do the hands. Personal preference is okay with art.

  3. I would call this contemporary art, for the most part. And I would LOVE to see this collection, but I agree with you that the labeling could and should be better done. There are many ways to do exterior (and interior) art labeling well, clearly, and non-obtrusively.

    People want to know what stuff is and who it’s by and I see no good reason for withholding the information or making it hard to find. But if this is never open to the public, it is not as big a deal, I guess.

  4. I’m blessed to live and garden in the Napa Valley. My tiny 60′ x 120′ lot with tiny home and messy garden is a mile or two (as the crow flies) from the di Rosa Preserve. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve driven past di Rosa lots of times on my way to the nurseries in Sonoma, but have never visited, the way that folks who live in Anaheim don’t go to Disneyland. Living here I forget that the preserve is a destination. A visit to di Rosa is long overdue.
    Thanks for the report, Amy, and the photos.

  5. Amy,
    Glad you had an opportunity to be treated to this unique outdoor art preserve that sits on the border of Napa and Sonoma Counties.
    The reason why you did not see ‘some of the biggest names’ in the art world represented at the di Rosa is because the preserve collects and displays works of art from local Northern California talent, which there is a wealth of.
    True to spirit, even the architects, landscape architects and other professionals who have contributed to building and sculpting this unique and treasured property also are local artisans.

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