Presentation: The Agony and the Ecstasy of a Dream Come True – Creating a Stone Bridge and Waterfalls

Join Judy and Bob Mathey for a presentation of their amazing, fast paced journey of construction and experience the artistry, the agony and the fulfillment of a dream come true.  Their talk will show the enormity of the project, from the first delivery of stones until the final christening party.  It reveals the fun of selecting stones, the immense effort of placing stones and reveals some of the unanticipated challenges along the way.

The gardens at Harmony Woods are nestled into a cathedral of redwoods and reflect a penchant for collecting an enormous range of unusual and beautiful plants.  The emphasis is on rhododendrons and conifers, with over 300 specimens of each, but they are a small part of a vast array of plant material gracing over twenty beds.

Water and stone are uniquely integrated into the landscape of Harmony Woods so that the bridge and waterfalls appear to have existed for ages.  Construction took place over two years.  All the stone is field stone, not quarried rock, and all areas were hand dug (not back hoed).  The stone is laid without visible seams.

Judy and Bob Mathey have lived on the Mendocino Coast for 23 years.  Their gardens have been accepted in the Archives of American Gardens of the Smithsonian Institution.


To sign up for a presentation or workshop, call the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens’ Garden Store at 707-964-4352 ext 16.