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Growing beds flush with spring bloom at Little Lake Garden. Photo: Winnie Pitrone
Three miles upland from the Pacific Ocean, adjacent to pygmy-forest-covered ridges above the Mendocino Headlands, a lush organic garden bursts with flowers. It’s an unlikely bounty in this region of low soil fertility, coastal fog, and temperatures that rarely rise above 70 degrees. Yet for the past 19 years, this garden has produced bouquets of flowers that have brightened the lives of people in the Mendocino area. The secret: two gardeners with a passion for flowers and organic gardening.
Little Lake Garden is a magical place filled with color, texture, and fragrance. Winnie Pitrone and Andy Mackey (my sister-in-law and brother) have designed this garden to please the senses while producing cut flowers and vegetables to sell at the Mendocino Farmers Market. Their reward is the daily delight that a well-designed garden brings and the praise of their weekly customers who eagerly purchase their goods.

The beauty of Little Lake Garden shines through in fall. Photo: W...

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