The Garden of Cherie Christiansen and Franz Arner

The Garden of Cherie Christiansen and Franz Arner

Photo: Christiansen-Arner Sculpture; Cherie Christiansen and Franz Arner

Mendocino, CA
Open Days

Our sculpture garden surrounds our sculpture studio in the woods. We carve our pieces under a large crane, and the finished sculptures are displayed along an inviting path in a woodland setting. Our main feature is a large water sculpture set in a pond with a white granite background. As many of our pieces are stone-and-water sculptures, experiencing this garden is much like being in a beautiful river setting. About half of the sculptures have reticulating water moving over them. The sound this movement makes over stone combines with the abstract / architectural and natural forms to create a unique garden-art moment. Our sculptures are surrounded by clumping Himalayan bamboos, rare rhododendrons, camellias, diverse water plants, and many other woodland plants, which promote a healing and renewing involvement with our art. Our sculpture garden is part of an extensive plan that includes a semi-formal herb garden, vegetable garden, rock garden, pond with waterfall, and rose and cutting gardens. More than fifty rare rhododendrons and more than sixty rare camellias provide color against the beautiful redwoods from November to June. Then perennials, continuously flowering bulbs, and a large dahlia collection bloom to November.

For more information and photos, please visit our website: www.christiansenarnersculpture.com.

For videos of the garden sculptures, see this YouTube link.

Directions: From the single stoplight on Highway 1 in the village of Mendocino, turn east onto Little Lake Road and go exactly 4 miles to the 4-mile marker. Turn right onto Outlaw Springs Road and go up the hill 0.25 mile to a big fat "Y." Turn left at the big "Y." Ours is the second driveway on the left, where there is a 8085 sign on a tree. Follow that driveway on around past a large stand of bamboo and take the first left (follow signs), which will take you to the sculpture garden. (Do not pay attention to the numbers coming up Outlaw Springs Road, as they are not consecutive.)

Open Days 2018: June 23
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.

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.

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

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