Despite the drought (a fact of which you are constantly reminded here) San Francisco boasts some of the most beautiful flowers and landscaping, growing effortlessly on every corner. Of course, some people have been more deliberate about pairing, pruning and replanting. But, the city must have a handsome budget for all the public spaces as well. Here’s a sampling.
The lovely garden at our B&B (Misson district). We sat here in the early evenings reading.
Around the back of the B&B there was access to the steam room.
Graeme is experiencing a bit of bougainvillea envy.
In the “Marina” district. I would take any one of these homes, yes please.
Would I need a full-time gardener to achieve this?
Hays Valley (my favorite area)
(above 2) Lombard St.
I could definitely not handle parking on this slope. I could barely walk it!
And finally…the land of dahlias.
Who ever thought we’d be in Texas?
Let me show you one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. Without doubt, the most beautiful urban garden you could lose an afternoon within.
NezuCafe, where we enjoyed a delicious, leisurely lunch (2 photos directly above)
Ginkgo leaf, considered a living fossil. Shall I purchase these earrings in memory?
Autumn persimmons offer lovely colors and subtle flavours
Presiding over the garden is Rikyū, the tea master.
Ah, what a magical place.
The museum on the grounds is a serene building completed by architect Kengo Kuma.
Founded in 1941 following Nezu’s death, the museum boasts one of Japan’s most culturally significant private collections of Asian art from the pre-modern period. Nezu was a particularly avid collector of hanging scrolls and utensils for tea ceremonies, and today the museum has over 7,000 objects, including calligraphy, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, bamboo crafts and textiles. The collection was originally displayed in Nezu’s Aoyama residence, which stood in extensive traditional gardens studded with ponds, bridges and teahouses. In 2006 his grandson Koichi Nezu commissioned Kuma to remodel and rationalise the existing facilities and design a new building on the garden site. The revitalised complex reopened in October 2009.