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Sometimes you get lucky.  On our way back from the bay area I wanted to stop to see the Circus Trees that CLUI clued me into.  (Side Note CLUI – the center for land use interpretation – is totally amazing and they have the best map that features really cool stuff to see all around. A must check before any trip!)  I didn’t realize that the Circus Trees were in a place called Gilroy Gardens, a family theme park or that the gate would say open but would be closed.  We drove around the side, parked the car and walked in a side entrance.  We strolled the grounds on a private tour except for the landscape maintenance crew.  It was a dream.

The circus trees were created and grafted by a man named Axel Erlandson over a span of 40 years.  He said he had been divinely inspired and indeed they did seem unearthly.

You know when you see a tree that looks like it has been split and then forced to grow in a certain way? I recently found out that is called Espalier.  Unfortunately I don’t have a picture but recently I saw an apple tree that was espaliered.  Part of me loves the way it looks and part of me feels badly for the tree.  Humans must control nature – well, humans must control. What is great is that when fruit grows it is all set up in a neat line – easy picking!  Check out some interesting other tree related curiosities… LINK

Also, check out this slideshow over at Architectural Digest on some of the coolest topiary gardens!

xx SG

Stefani Greenwood, Carnivorous Plant
Stefani Greenwood, Lidewij Edelkoort, Computer portrait