05 Jun The Second Garden: Meet The Horticult Los Angeles
Last fall, I (Chantal) moved to a new place. It’s in LA’s no-longer-so-hidden gem of Atwater Village, which Barbara Bestor in Bohemian Modern calls “a funny little flat neighborhood just across from Silver Lake.” My place has a garden out back with four lofty camellia trees, a Ficus carica entering a new fig season, a Meyer lemon tree, and modest lineup of roses.
Now to address the elephant ears in the room, the obvious questions. Yes, the original Horticult Garden is alive and well in La Jolla, CA, cultivated by co-Hort Ryan Benoit. And now for the more wrenching answer: Ryan and I have separated and are no longer a couple. We remain creative partners and close, caring friends as we keep @thehorticult blooming daily on Instagram, updating this blog when we can, and yes, going HAM on How to Window Box.
It’s all been a challenge and a learning experience to say the least, but we’re doing okay.
So…maybe we should stick our heads in some flowers.
I’ve brought in a bunch of my own plants, of course—from natives like a giant coreopsis and salvia to monstera and bird of paradise. On the “Ina” TerraTrellis, a thunbergia vine rambles with 2D orange flowers. In window boxes there are ferns, woodland plants like bleeding hearts, and edible flowers like nasturtium and sweet alyssum.
As you can imagine, The Horticult LA is still a work in progress. The to-do list includes painting the cement block fence a color that’s lively but not obnoxious, bringing in some interesting rocks to create a serpentine border for a meadowy bed, and adding fragrant greenery to three special wall pieces designed by Ryan. This summer will also be delicious, thanks to a little veggie garden I’m co-tending with a neighbor! Check out the pictures below.
Plants are excellent therapy, after all.