Garden Photo of the Day

The gardens at the Harvest Inn in Napa

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner

Today’s photos are from Jan Meissner. We’ve featured Jan’s garden in both Ohio and Florida in the past (HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE). Jan sure knows her gardens! Today she’s sharing a garden destination–the Harvest Inn in the Napa Valley in California.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner

Jan says, “The Harvest Inn is right on main street in busy St. Helena, California. Behind the inn is a vineyard and beyond the vineyard the Mayacamas mountains.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner

“The gardens are the direct result of the Landscaping Director, Brandon Augustine. I took all these photos last fall when my husband and I stayed there and Brandon gave me a tour. He manages these 8 acres of gardens with just a handful of staff.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner

“Stands of redwoods are the soul of the garden. In their shadows grow rhododendrons, azaleas, and tasmania tree ferns. He tends espaliered apple and pear trees, and countless roses. Agapanthus and scores of perennials line the paths.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner

He welded metal trellises against the wall of two of the buildings, and wired them to support blue and white wisteria. He is training his staff to prune them so when they blossom, the flowers drip from each intersection of the wires. I only wish I was there to witness that.”

Oh, me, too, Jan. What a beautiful place! Thanks so much for sharing your travels yet again.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jan Meissner

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    meander_michaele 01/16/2013

    Sigh, I'm mesmerized and enchanted...what a beautiful, beautiful place. Jan, your pictures are wonderful as are the ones on their website. I even spent a little time enjoying the videos featuring Peanut...the real owner of The Harvest Inn. It was fun taking the tour and seeing things through his eyes. There is such impressive attention to detail throughout the place and sincerest kudos to Brandon Augustine for all he contributes.

  2. greenthumblonde 01/16/2013

    There are a some more photos on my blog I took so many photos it was hard to narrow them down. While I try to visit gardens wherever I travel I can not take credit for the visit to Ecuador in the links provided above. I wish!

  3. MichelleGervais 01/16/2013

    Jan, what was I thinking?? I will fix it in a few minutes. Ugh.

  4. tractor1 01/16/2013

    The hardscaping is wonderful, otherworldly.

  5. MichelleGervais 01/16/2013

    The Ecuador trip was Kielian's! How could I forget? Sorry, everyone... I've fixed the error.

  6. sheila_schultz 01/16/2013

    I feel as if I am 'still' in the tropics, all of the green is dreamy. I can't even imagine how beautiful the wisteria is when in bloom. I must say, though, that the brick and stone work makes me feel as if I am in a fairy tale. Wow, thanks for taking us to Napa, Jan!

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    meander_michaele 01/16/2013

    Jan, loved all the additional photos you included on your blog and your commentary was quite entertaining. Ha, do include us all if your wedding plans to the particular oh, so handsome Tasmania Tree Fern takes place. I'm sure you'll make a stunning couple!

  8. NevadaSue 01/16/2013

    Jan, thank you for the wonderful pictures. I can imagine what delight it was for you to walk these gardens. This is near where I grew up and though it has been many years I still have many fond memories of St Helena. I remember going into the large stone building just off of main that was then the post office. It was cold inside even in the summer and as a little girl I was in awe of it's massiveness and beauty. The last time I was down main street I was again taken in by the beauty of this small town in the grape vineyards. Thanks for a walk down memory lane.

    I feasted my eyes on your blog pictures and your beautiful Ohio garden. Thanks!

  9. greenthumblonde 01/16/2013

    Meander1, thanks for your kind words and for stopping by my blog. Every morning you take the time to offer kind words and observations here at Fine Gardening's morning dose of sunshine. That skill of brightening someone's day is as effective as the flowers.

  10. terieLR 01/16/2013

    HaPpY BeLaTeD BirThDaY GPOD! Late last night I was cleaning out my inbox when I found the post from Jan. 4th. In the busy 2013 beginnings I had somehow overlooked it! Needless to say, it was an even later night after revisiting the featured gardens and thank you Michelle for including our Woodland Wonders. :) I adore this Blog and will do my best to intrigue others. Thanks again!

    Jan, thank you for sharing your experience at Harvest Inn. The brick columns, corners, stairway, archway and lampposts have me gawking at my screen.(yep, mouth opened) Your photography is perfect. If we ever get to California...

  11. lhwlhw 01/17/2013

    Amazing gardens...planning a trip to wine counrty next fall...hope to stop by and see the beauty in person. Used to live in SF bay area and was up once a year...miss it so.

  12. NevadaSue 01/17/2013

    Jan I have loved your blog today. And I love how you express yourself with flowers. Gardens are nourishing and refreshing and,rejuvenating and , and ... :) I have gone back to your gardens many times in the past and again today and let my mind wander and create. My garden in Nevada will never be what I dream for a garden but you have helped me create in my mind things that will help make it beautiful.

    I'm grateful for all the posts on this site because they help me create and dream. Thank you for your contributions.

  13. pattyspencer 01/17/2013

    Beautiful gardens!! The stonework in that first pic is amazing. There is always a softness in my heart for brick

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