Spring at The Wave Garden

4 May
Great news! Kellee Adams of Dig-It Landscape Design and the plantswoman behind the Wave Garden is speaking at our Mother’s Day Party on Sunday, May 8 at 11 am! She’ll be sharing her fun and creative approach to “Plant Marriages” using “show-off” contrast combos, color and texture that you can bring to your own garden.  Don’t miss it!

Sweeping views of San Pablo Bay, wave-inspired peach-tinted concrete walls, hand-forged wrought iron metalwork and delightful sculptures wow visitors who step through the gates at the Wave Garden in Point Richmond, CA.

Entrance to the Wave Garden, Point Richmond

Entrance to the Wave Garden, Point Richmond

Entrance path

Winding paths and rich textures greet visitors

A frequent visitor to our nursery, designer Kellee Adams has created a wonder-filled refuge for birds, butterflies, bees and people. And good news – it’s open to the public!

Visiting with Kellee this week, we were inspired by her artful and sophisticated plant groupings featuring many South African and Canary Island favorites. With a background in graphic design, Kellee is a master at combining texture and contrast while still tantalizing the eye with plentiful blooms.

Leucospermum vert

Leucospermum 'Spider'

Cuphea llavea "Bat Face Cuphea" blooming its heart out last September

Low water and low maintenance, no view-blocking trees and lots of blooms were the only instructions from the owners, Jeanne and Vern Doellstedt, who bought the lot to prevent it from being developed into another house. They initially hired concrete artist Victor Amador to build paths, staircases and terraces around a beloved sculpture of a whale’s tail by artist Douglas Purdy. Wrought iron railings and gates by local blacksmith Bobby Sharpe added a grounded but whimsical touch.

Whale's tail

The garden was built around this bronze sculpture by artist Douglas Purdy.

Kellee was given the freedom to put her artistic talents to work. We very much like how she successfully incorporates bold succulents into her design, often softening them with smaller bloomers and more delicately foliaged plants.

Pelargonium and Aeonium

A study in contrast - cute little Pelargonium and bold Aeonium.

adorable pelargonium

Chondropetalum & Euphorbia Wave Garden

Chondropetalum and Euphorbia creating lighting drama!

Kellee explained to us how she enjoys juxtaposing contrasting plants that capture light and dark, bringing excitement and dimension to the senses. We’ll let Kellee explain it herself:

The Wave Garden is located at the end of Grandview Court in Point Richmond and parking is extremely limited. If you visit, please be respectful.

Watch a SLIDESHOW of our visit to the Wave Garden on Flickr!
Find out more about our Mother’s Day Extravaganza 2011!
Check out Kellee’s website for more information about her gardens and services!

4 Responses to “Spring at The Wave Garden”

  1. Susan Kuchinskas May 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    That’s not Leucospermum arachnoides (spider. I think it’s a proteus.

  2. nadiaqh May 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Amazing landscape designs… SO NICE!

  3. Russel Ray Photos April 23, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog this evening. I had a great time, and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived. I’m following and liking, and will be returning for another camping trip.

    • anniesannuals April 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      Haha – it was delightful camping with you Russel! Come back any time!

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