South Coast Botanic Garden

Desert garden

Desert garden

As I continue to pore over and process photos from my vacation, I get to relive the wonderful places and people I met along the way. One such treat was getting to meet fellow garden blogger Kris Peterson, whose Late to the Garden Party blog I’ve followed for nearly five years.

living wall

Kris & living wall

Kris is a docent at the South Coast Botanic Garden, where we met for a tour. It had rained hard the day before, so everything was sparkling with raindrops, though we had to dodge a few puddles en route. It was beautiful!

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We enjoyed the garden, then chatted over a delicious lunch nearby before heading to view Kris’ home garden.

It was a thrill to see her garden in person after seeing tantalizing shots of it only on a computer screen for so many years. I even got to meet sweet Pipig, her tabby cat! I didn’t take any photos of her garden as I wanted to be totally present, but do click the link above to her site to see her latest photo tour. My friend MK took a shot of us heading down the steps to what Kris calls the ‘dreaded back slope’ (because of its gardening challenges).

In the garden

Kris and me

What a lovely day it was – thank you, Kris!

About Eliza Waters

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103 Responses to South Coast Botanic Garden

  1. We need more living walls πŸ™‚ So glad you posted this.

  2. Anne says:

    This must have been a lovely visit – so enriching and rewarding!

  3. What a treat to meet Kris and Pipig and to see those gardens.

  4. sandyjwhite says:

    That living wall in incredible. I love it!

  5. What fun and I love the succulents.How wonderful to meet Kris in person.

  6. neihtn2012 says:

    So many beautiful flowers from a place I could have visited ten years ago but did not know about. I am glad you got to see it.

  7. Terrific vacation and how delightful to be among the gardens in bloom at this time of year, as we wait patiently for the snow to melt and those first ephemerals to poke through!

  8. Kris P says:

    I was glad we were able to meet up on this visit, Eliza – it was wonderful to meet you in person and fun to share both the SCBG and my own. You’re welcome to pay another visit any time!

  9. Alice Pratt says:

    Eliza…you sure had an absolutely amazing time ‘out west.’ Wonderful to share…thank you!

  10. tippysmom2 says:

    Beautiful pictures and lovely gardens. I did check out Late To The Garden Party. Her yard/garden is AMAZING! Glad you got to meet up with a fellow blogger.

  11. janesmudgeegarden says:

    How lovely to meet Kris whose blog I follow too, and to visit her garden, which Is one I truly admire. She has written about being a docent at the gardens, and I’m sure it was a thrill to visit them with her.

  12. I am awe of gardeners! I love the beautiful flora. I have no eye for making it happen. Beautiful shots!

  13. Cindy says:

    What a beautiful garden…and that living wall is spectacular!

  14. Vicki says:

    What a wonderful array of flowers and plants in your slideshow.

    I love that ‘living wall’. We definitely should be planting more of these vertical structures, especially in the inner cities where space might be a premium.

    Thanks for the link to Kris’s blog….I’ll pop over and have a browse.

  15. smilecalm says:

    very beautiful walking tour
    of your special garden, Eliza!
    plants have a way
    of making me feel
    more rooted πŸ™‚

  16. dawnbirdau says:

    How wonderful to meet a like-minded blogger, Eliza. I love that hedge!

  17. How wonderful in so many ways. Thank you for taking us along. The blogging ‘family’ has such a warmth about it.

  18. Christina says:

    Meeting fellow bloggers is a wonderful experience, you feel you know them already even if you’ve never met.

  19. We’re having kind of a gray gloomy day so far this morning so your beautiful shots are welcome. What a treat to not only visit but have a special tour guide as well. πŸ™‚

  20. Karen Lang says:

    Love it βœ¨πŸ’š

  21. myplaidheart says:

    I liken blogging relationships to having pen pals. You have never met but you develop a connection and a kinship anyway. It really is the neatest thing. Keep those garden pictures coming!

  22. Kathy Sturr says:

    How fun Eliza! You’re really getting around to your blogging friends. Such beautiful gardens!!!

  23. Joanna says:

    Delightful! And how nice to get to meet your friend and see her garden in person! πŸ™‚

  24. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! So glad you and Kris could meet up, AND you could visit her garden! The botanical garden looks lovely too. πŸ™‚

  25. gaiainaction says:

    That sounds like a wonderful holiday and beautiful reminders, lovely your video of the garden plants and flowers. Much enjoyed all this beauty, thank you.

  26. What a wonderful visit. I particularly like the first photo!

  27. arlingwoman says:

    Wow, that is some garden! Both the South Coast and your friend’s. I like the shot of the two of you .

  28. What a lovely garden tour that must’ve been!

  29. How delightful to get to meet Kris after chatting online for years. What a treat!

  30. Irene says:

    Looks like a lovely garden. Great captures. 😊

  31. Jewels says:

    Gorgeous photos, Eliza, and how fun to get the chance to meet a fellow blogger! 😊

  32. Chloris says:

    Oh lucky you spending time with Kris and seeing her beautiful garden. I wish I could have joined you both.

  33. ladyfi says:

    What a gorgeous place.

  34. Bela Johnson says:

    Wonderful! Glad you two gardeners got together! 😊

  35. tonytomeo says:

    That is a pretty spectacular wall! I wrote about the tapestries designed by Brent Green a while ago, but they were relatively compact, in a confined space.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Tony, I agree. Living walls seem best in frost-free locations like you have in CA. Some of the designs are really eye-catching.

      • tonytomeo says:

        There are nearly vertical sandstone cliffs where roads were cut into step hillsides, where I have considered constructing informal foliar tapestries, but I to not think that they would look as good outside of a refined landscape. I would be more inclined to simply plug succulents into the fractured stone and let them figure it out.

  36. I’m so jealous! While I first met Kris on a trip to SoCal back in 2017 I have not had the chance to visit her garden (yet).

  37. Jane Lurie says:

    Such a beautiful slide show of gorgeous plants, trees and flowers, Eliza. And how nice that you spent time with a fellow blogger and garden expert. πŸ™‚

  38. Jane Lurie says:

    PS That living wall is amazing! There is a fabulous one at SFMoMa that I love to visit.

  39. What a happy post, to meet a fellow blogger, how awesome! And your photos are superb, how beautiful raindrops add to an already gorgeous flower! The Calla Lily ❀!

  40. Absolutely enjoying these beautiful garden tours and photos, especially the lovely flowers with raindrops!πŸ™‚

  41. Your photos are lovely, and how fun it must have been to meet your blogging friend! I’ve met a few bloggers I’ve followed for years in person, and every meeting have been a very good experience.

  42. Amazing beauty, thanks for sharing.

  43. How delightful! The gardens look v. interesting and meeting Kris adds an extra dimension to your visit and reading her blog.

  44. Jen says:

    How nice that you were able to meet a blogging friend and enjoy in person the garden you have only seen on screen!

  45. What an amazing garden and how good to meet in such a place too!

  46. Maria says:

    Recently I visited the Naples Botanical Garden in Florida. I really liked that one, but also heard of Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.

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