Undaunted Color In The Garden of Keeyla Meadows
One of the most exciting gardens we visited during the 2013 Garden Bloggers’ Fling was that of Berkeley artist and garden designer Keeyla Meadows. Keeyla is also the author of the book Fearless Color Gardens, in which she advocates “Jumping off the color wheel.” I’ve just started reading Keeyla’s inspiring book, but having seen her garden I can assure you that she puts into practice what she preaches.
Keeyla’s garden is stuffed full of color, art, flowers, foliage, and grasses – all flowing together so that the line between the artistic and the botanical becomes blurred.
I love how the flowers flow around the sculpture so that it seems this woman is bathing in nasturtiums.
Brugmansia, bursting with life and immortalized through sculpture.
The cool blue of this giant pear provides a cooling presence amidst the many hot colors.
There is something stimulating even if you look straight down – watch out for snakes!
A magnificent metal arch provides a transition between garden rooms.
A very diverse palette of plants.
I like how the water feature is built around enormous boulders.
The Lychnis goes great with this grass, I think.
No need to set the table, thanks to garden art!
The colors of structures and flowers went together so well in this garden.
A wide view of part of the garden taken from the roof of Keeyla’s house.
Before leaving, we had to pay our respects at the shrine to the god of garden art – or perhaps static electricity.
For my own garden, I don’t think I could or would replicate the overall level of stimulation to be found here. However, Keeyla’s garden is certainly an inspiring one, suggesting many ways to build on intensity and excitement.