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The Leib garden… really looked like a Kentucky farm, with California features. Among these were the fountains in the best classic style; high basins in which stood damsels, scantily draped, pouring from ewers a trickle of water. Wry white and very cold they looked till some bold spirit painted them green. The artistic effect was not helped; and they now cool their dark green heels in the brick house once devoted to choice vintages, but now a hospice for garden tools.
Vignettes of the Gardens of San Jose de Guadalupe,
San Francisco Garden Club, 1938

Like a fireworks display that releases secondary cascades of light, the soaring pop­ularity of gardening during the last two decades has sparked showers of interest in related subjects. Among these ancillary interests, which often illuminate each other, is a glowing curiosity about the histories of gardens and plants, and about the people who initiated the landscapes we love today.

The service yard at Rancho Guajome contains a single tree of Schinus molle, thought to be a seedling from nearby Mission San Luis Rey. The bougainvillea may have been planted at the turn of...

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