Our Unique Patio and Garden
The back garden was designed by Michael Collins of
Sonoma Permaculture and Biotectures.com. Michael has a great genius
for landscape design and plant selection, his works have been featured
in Sunset Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and local publications.
Selected floras are mostly coastal species from North America, Australia,
and New Zealand. Flowers are white with some dashes of blue, gold
and some red. The ferro-cement sculptures are meant to suggest natural
shapes and were free formed as designed. There is a fire-pit as
well as a grotto with a water-fountain and "chuppa" for
traditional ceremonies. The garden is quite large, nearly 10,000
square feet. Event capacity is approximately 50 people.
The front garden came first, and was designed primarily by Michael
Collins, though Ted occasionally poked him with sharp sticks throughout
the process. Michael by the way is a real genius, meeting him should
be a life goal. As in the back garden there are ferro-cement accents
and some concrete tilt-up panels. The front garden has a positively
dizzying variety of plants. Though both gardens are primarily coastal
species, the front has a tropical touch as well with selections
such as Ginger, Papyrus, Banana, Fuchsias, and Begonias. The enormous
Passion Flower Vine we fear may take over the Inn eventually. The
front garden faces south and is a particularly nice place to sit
in the morning.
Guests are encouraged to visit with the gardens, to stroke and
pet; in fact, if the guests do not visit with and say something
magnanimous about the garden Ted will disapprove.
To reserve the garden for your special event, call 875 3388.