I saw an article in Sunset Magazine about the Sierra Azul Sculpture Garden. It looked intriguing and it was close. So I packed up my youngest son and a couple of dogs and drove down the coast to Watsonville.
Going to a sculpture garden with an eleven-year-old boy and 140 pounds of dogs was not the best way to view the art and greenery but who said easy is fun?
I was up for an adventure, not your average everyday stroll through a nursery uninterrupted, enjoying the sunlight, inhaling the perfume from the flowers appreciating the nuances of each piece of art, taking notes on each artist, talking with the docents, noticing the pairing of art and plant.
What was I thinking?
Luckily I took pictures so I can actually remember what I saw while being drug through by three individuals whose focus was to get in and out as fast as possible.
Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens specialize in Mediterranean plants that do well in this area. They grow most of the plants that they sell.
The demonstration garden is truly inspiring. It is a place to see the plants that are sold in the nursery full size as well as home to incredible sculptures, the creations of many different and local artists.
There is even a place for a picnic. I think I saw it through the corner on my eye, my arm being yanked out of its socket as I sped by.
All right, I’ll say it—I’m coming alone next time.
Or with someone who wants to stay and enjoy. You should go too.
If you love art and gardening, I promise, you will be happy.
Don’t forget to bring a picnic.
My son said that this statue reminded him of me because of the snake. Isn't he cute? hmmm