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An inviting pathway lined with South African and companion plantings including Lecaucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder', Aloe saponaria, Libbertia grandiflora, Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset', and Cordyline 'Red Sensation'. Photo: Jennifer Lynn Boggs

A dramatic landscape reflects the natural history and ecology of the site and the unique vision of its owner and curator.

There is a story at every turn. Perched high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean about five miles north of Santa Cruz, Laguna Ranch is home to a stunning collection of gardens sited within its 400 acres. Developed over the course of the past 20 years, this assemblage of landscapes reflects the natural history and ecology of the site as well as the unique vision of its owner and curator, Stephanie Mills.

Mills purchased the ranch in 1991. The first structure, a log cabin, was built in 1992 and used as the family home while the rest of the ranch buildings and main residence were being constructed. Today, diverse and inspiring gardens spread out over nearly 10 acres around the ranch compound.

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