|Let's take a walk ...|
|... to look at something that's not on a screen!|
|Peeping through the bush|
San Antonio Estate in Upper Santa Cruz was surely named in the same era as the valley and may once have grown the traditional crops of this valley, cocoa, coffee and citrus. Today it is a thriving horticultural enterprise, propagating and exhibiting in one of the loveliest gardens in the island. The estate house is a ruin, but its walls and foundations provide the setting for the organised bush which has been allowed to take over. The gardens and the business is wholesome and contemporary, a living extension of the family which takes care of these lands.
Walk with me through the San Antonio gardens, an inspiration in industry and a gentle way to live.
|Remains of the old house as backdrop to luxuriant bush!|
|A frame for a doorway?|
|Orange ixora on mildewed wall|
|A place for contemplation|
|Pathways and plantings|
|A grand staircase to frame the wild bamboo on the far hill|
|So many unheralded blooms!|
|Green on green: the most soothing colour palette|
|So lovely - so disdained for being politicised!|