Meadow Watch—Garden of Collette and Peter Rothschild

Boonville, CA
Open Days

When we bought the eighteen-acre rural property, there was no garden. Now we have a house, barn, a one-acre pond, gardens, two rescue horses, and barn cats. Initially, when we decided to have a garden, we had no fencing. We started with an herb garden, which the deer wouldn't be attracted to, then later fenced it in to include other types of plants. We have roses and many different kinds of lavender all over, especially concentrated along both sides of a corridor that leads to the pond. The garden contains a number of sculptures by local artist Rebecca Johnson. Densely planted areas include a small vegetable garden with raised beds; a section that attracts butterflies and bees; mixed beds of flowering shrubs, perennials, and bulbs; a small orchard of mixed persimmon, peach, pear, plum, and very old apple trees; a rust collection of assorted wheels; bamboo in a horse trough; Russian sage; and naturalized Gaura and bearded iris. The back garden parallels the barn, with its newly built bedroom and bath and outdoor shower. Xeriscaping is the whole point of the garden and, although a watering system exists, in times of drought it is hand-watered by our dedicated caretaker. Fir, pine, and redwood provide an evergreen backdrop.

Directions: From the south, take 101 North. Take Exit 522 for CA-128 West toward Fort Bragg/Mendocino. Go approximately 29 miles and turn left onto Mountain View Road/Mountain View 510 Road. Turn right onto Ornbaun Road. Driveway is on the left through a white wooden fence. From Fort Bragg take Highway 1 South. Turn left onto Comptche-Ukiah Road to CA-128 East. Turn left onto CA-128 East. Turn right onto Mountain View Road/Mountain View 510 Road and right onto Ornbaun. Driveway is 0.6 mile on the left through a white wooden fence. Park along driveway or on property, look for a parking sign.

Open Days 2019: June 15
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to this garden is $10 per person and children 12 and under are free.

Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase.  
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance.

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  • This garden allows photography
  • This garden is handicap-accessible

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