Writing this column has been a real thrill for me, as I am now cruising around Berkeley on high alert in search of anything that is spectacular in the world of plants.
I start and end many of days with my camera in hand hoping to come across something special that I can share with my fellow Berkeleysiders. In a world filled with bad news, who could ask for a task any more exhilarating than this?
As you all know. this has been a prolonged cold spring, and finding plants in bloom has been a real challenge. Amazingly enough, my search for something unique and beautiful kept coming full circle right back to my own front garden.
We have a cottage on a property with a garden that we share and it was designed by Devorah Nussenbaum. Devorah is a florist by trade (her company is called Verdure) but clearly her passion and use of plant material in the garden is truly masterful.
Devorah has created an all-white garden, perhaps inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s famous garden in England, Sissinghurst. But it is no accident that, over the last 15-plus years, this semi-shade, overgrown garden has achieved a mysterious feeling of cultivated neglect, something that can only happen with time.
Most of the plants are quite special, carefully selected by Devorah, and many that we cannot even completely identify. It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to share this with all of you.
Robert Trachtenberg, a landscape designer who lives in Berkeley, is the owner of Garden Architecture. This photo essay is part of an occasional series in which Trachtenberg brings an educated eye to the beauty of the nature that surrounds us in Berkeley.