“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Cicero

The Secret Gardens of the Valley tour on Saturday, May 19, 10am – 4pm benefits Felton Library Friends. Seven unique properties in Felton and Ben Lomond include an extensive succulent garden, a wildlife habitat garden with a huge koi pond, and a gorgeous tropical plant conservatory. Participants will enjoy music by Patti Maxine & friends, a raffle, refreshments, a succulent sale and gift seeds from Renee’s Garden. Expert advice on ponds, succulents, rain catchment, and bonsai will be offered at several sites.

Advance tickets on sale starting 4/7/2018: $20 at www.feltonlibraryfriends.org, the Felton Library, Felton Feed, and most garden centers. $25 on day of tour, only at the new Felton Library/Park site by the Felton Post Office. Children under 12 free.

Featured Gardens

Garden Whimsy — Janet Silverglate
Shade-loving plants and art are nestled under the redwoods in a series of whimsical garden rooms created over the past 23 years. The deck, greenhouse, artful playhouse, and fire-pit are designed as a extension of the welcoming garden environment. Patti Maxine and friends will play here. .

Whinny Hill — Gale McCreary
Three mares live on the redwood-studded hillside pasture behind the gardens, which feature drought tolerant plants, fruit trees, and roses. An attractive rock river serves as effective storm drainage. Visit the gorgeous glass-roofed conservatory that houses orchids and a variety of tropical plants. Free packets of Rene’s Garden seeds here. Buy tickets for the FLF benefit drawing here.

Little Cottage in the Redwoods — Debbie Bour
This charming cottage garden on Bull Creek features a 5,000-gallon rain catchment tank that provides garden water all summer. A unique home-built chicken coop hosts free-range chickens who provide natural pest control. Water systems expert Golden Love will be on site for discussion and advice.

• Bonsai Magic: The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai Club will be teaching the ancient art of Bonsai as club members create beautiful new specimens and display Bonsai plants.
• Pollinators of the SLV: 4-H youth will demonstrate how to keep the Earth healthy by helping pollinators thrive in our backyards. Easy-to-make “hotels” for beneficial insects will be displayed along with educational information.
• The New Felton Nature Discovery Park: See displays of plans for the new park and library. Cross the land bridge over Bull Creek to peek at the park site.

NamaStay — Jenni Fox/Paul Gould
Enjoy architectural and artistic surprises as you meander through this two-acre sanctuary. Paths wind naturally through beautiful oaks and around an art studio, private yoga studio, and a pool overlooked by a profusion of rosemary. Refreshments here.

Where the Wild Things Are — Adra Ross
This National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat adjoins Fall Creek Park.. Two major garden areas feature deer-tolerant plants and select art pieces. The huge 350,00 gallon pond is home to koi, turtles and dragonflies. Pond expert Rick Blazo will be on site. Habitat information here.

Succulents Rock! — Carla Richmond
An amazing variety of succulents and water-wise companion plants thrive on living walls designed by Kent Diethrick with over 100 kinds of rocks. Patios feature large planters and fountains overflowing with succulents. Expert advice on succulents and companions, and a succulent sale here.