Last month, we took a tour of California-based photographer Victoria Pearson’s airy studio-slash-guest house over on Remodelista; now, with summer in full swing, we’re taking a virtual walk through the lush gardens that surround it.
When Pearson moved in, the garden had good bones—but, like the interiors of the studio, badly needed simplifying and paring down. “It was over-filled, but had so many great plantings such as old olive, citrus, and pepper trees, cacti, Fuerte avocados, Matilija poppies, agaves, oaks, and a native sycamore—my favorite tree.” Pearson called in Ojai-based landscape designer Paul Hendershot to work on re-designing the plot two decades ago, and has continually tweaked the gardens herself since then, inspired by a trip to see Hèrmes designer Nicole de Vésian’s iconic La Louve garden in the south of France. Today, the garden is a vibrant palette of greens, with plants given to Pearson by friends, stones collected from her travels, cool gravel paths, and a pool, for respite from the heat.
Join us for a walk through.
Photography by Victoria Pearson.
“I did lots of color in the beginning because I had never had a big garden and wanted to try everything. Over time, it felt more peaceful to edit. Olives, boxwood, rosemary, cactus, succulents, fruit trees—and all green and whites. The only exception is the rose garden which has all shades of apricot, yellow, and orange roses, and some wild cards of magenta and striped roses.” Cool, low-maintenance gravel paths lead all through the gardens.
(For the full tour of the studio, see Kitchen of the Week: A Photographer’s Flexible Studio Kitchen in Ojai Valley.)
For gardens equipped to take the heat, see 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from California. And take a virtual walk through more of our favorite California gardens: