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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Mosaic Garden







I thought you might enjoy seeing the mosaic garden that my mother-in-law and a few of her gardening friends commissioned at their Santa Barbara retirement community. The small garden is situated on the grounds just outside her home, and we pass by it each time we come and go throughout the day when we visit.




 I took a few quick shots just before we left at midday. But the morning and evening light shows the art to it's best advantage. The artist wanted to incorporate the same flowers that would be used in the garden, and it all appears to have sprung up together.





There are four small seats surrounding a center table. Four longer benches circle the outer perimeter, each unique. 












































The donors names are inscribed, and Jane has dedicated her own bench to her friends. A lifelong gardener, and still an accomplished bridge player, her friends have always been at the center of her life. We have been pleased to meet so many of them over the years. In good health, and still living on her own at almost ninety-two, this charming little garden outside her door will bring us all so much pleasure in days to come.





The talented mosaic artist is Kim Emerson whose website is at this link. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this little stroll through the mosaic garden!

Jacqueline





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17 comments:

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

That is really lovely. What a wonderful idea, and it also provides color and beauty when the flowers are not in bloom.

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Gorgeous!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that is really wonderful! So cheerful. They did a very nice job!

Linda said...

Gorgeous...how lovely to sit there and contemplate life...such as it is...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Cindy said...

It's completely delightful! Soooo creative, and so filled with life. I love that it says on the inscription, "for my friends"... how cool is that!?

Cindy

Maggie Ann said...

How charming...'almost 92 and on her own, with this delightfull garden outside her door'....what sweet hope that holds out to the rest of us...but whatever God's will is...that will be sweet too.

What works of art...I've never seen anything like this. The idea even....is beguiling. Everything is beautiful and so personal. =)

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you friend for such a quick return to my place. Then just up the street to Venice Ca. On Roberson blvd. you must go to Bountiful....yes I am recommending this shop, it is my all time favorite shops of all.....it will leave you breathless needing a lung transplant when you leave.
You can google the shop and get a bit of a look into what they are all about, but truly no one compares to them.
It's about 15-20 minutes in traffic from R/A shop.
The owner is best friends with actress Suzanne Somers, she visits the shop often.

Thank you again for making a visit to my place :)
Xox
Dore

Rebecca said...

Oh, this is SO beautiful! The colors are very cheerful and suited to their environment! What an impressive and well-thought-out idea. I hope people gather to chat there frequently!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Gorgeous mosaics !
Ciao for now....

Haworth said...

What a wonderful concept, Jacqueline! And so beautifully executed. It's just amazing how well it mirrors the gardens there. And how lovely that they have that wonderful space to enjoy, and in such a beautiful setting.

wendy said...

wow, that truly is some beautiful art work.
What a lovely place for it in that garden. Would be such a lovely place to walk through.

Pamela Gordon said...

What beautiful work! This would be a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy the sun and scenery and the gorgeous 'flowers' on the furniture. Very unique! Thanks for sharing with us. Pamela

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline, what a beautiful place for your MIL to live. I bet it is very peaceful and happy for her there. It is an amazing idea and so well executed. Just beautiful..Happy Tuesday..Judy

SizzleandZoom said...

Wonderful garden! Lovely photos of it.

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Jacqueline! What a lovely garden. Those mosaics are absolutely gorgeous! Wow! Love the butterflys too! Gina

helen tilston said...

Hello Jacqueline

This is truly beautiful and so carefully designed by Crystal Thomas.

It brought a smile to my face as no doubt it does to all who pass.

A delightful, cheerful post

Helenxx

Bella said...

Yummy garden, I remember her gardens for early posts. How is the giant Geranium? Fun mosaic work... on the fabulous low shot the yellow flowers and butterfly seem to belong to both worlds, the garden and the mosaic garden...

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