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Behind the house, beds burgeon with agapanthus, Euporbia rigida, restio, aeonium, and arborescent aloe with Senecio mandraliscae cascading over a low wall and Hydrangea macrophylla to the right of the door. Photo: Richard Snyder
The Belvedere Island home of Paul Vincent Wiseman and Richard Neil Snyder is impossibly wonderful. Built in 1913 by Florence Nightingale Ward, the lovingly restored Mediterranean-style villa is located in beautiful Marin County, California. With a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay and gardens filled with artful, water-wise plantings, indeed, what is not to love?
Californians tend to take their weather for granted. True mediterranean climate regions exist in only five places in the world: the rim of the Mediterranean Sea, the largest of these regions and the namesake of this weather pattern, much of California, areas of southwestern Australia, the tip of South Africa, and the central coast of Chile.
Most of the San Francisco Bay Area enjoys what is arguably the best climate pattern in the world: warm-summer mediterranean mitigated by the cooling effect of the nearby ocean (Köppen C...


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