Viscaya & Xera in one day? Whew!

Amy

It had been too long since Amy and I had taken a road trip. Neither of us had been to Viscaya, and it was opening day at Xera/Potted, so off we went.

Viscaya grounds

Behind an unassuming chain link fence with tasteful (read: easy to miss) signage is a secret garden that goes on and on.

Viscaya sculpt

Grassy paths, punctuated by sculptures and other interesting features, provide access to island beds, each with its own character. As you can see (behind the sculpture) tables of plants for sale are scattered throughout, making for a unique shopping experience.

Arborvitae labyrinth

As if to prove that there is no such thing as a bad plant, Arborvitae has been used to create a labyrinth. Above is a peek into the entrance, with a piece of driftwood for a focal point. The outer walls provide a perfect background for lighter, brighter plant groupings.

Viscaya round garden

A dramatic feature was this large round grassy area bordered by daylilies. Pillars topped with round planted pots guard the entry, with a huge, red shallow pot dead center.

Shishigashuri

As we worked our way around the back of the building, we came across a thriving Japanese maple (maybe Shishigashura?) in a big pot.

Abelia blossoms

A mature Abelia vine in flower clambered over a fence. Amy said she had never seen one flowering.

persimmon fruit

We decided this persimmon had to be the tiniest fruit we’d ever seen. The tree was impressive, part of an orchard laid out in a grid.

orchard in squares

Each unique tree occupies its own perfect square, with crisp edging of the grass path surrounding it.

fountain beds

The same edging technique carries over into the quadrants circling this fountain. A liberal use of water in pools and fountains pervades the grounds.

carniverous plants

Carniverous plants are happy in this water-filled urn.

rustic archway

The parking area is on the back side of housing units, each with a different colored door that corresponds to the colors of the plants featured on tables nearby. I liked the rustic archway and unusual plants at this portal. Each one is unique.

plants from Viscaya

Top left is a plant that was huge in the display garden, Ligularia wilsonii. This is a plant I had avoided because I didn’t like the flowers. That’s what a display garden will do: I wound up thinking “flowers, shmowers…who cares?”; top right, Hosta ‘Fire & Ice'; bottom left, Ipomea x multifida (cardinal climber); bottom right, Plectranthus cellatus ‘Variegata’. The prices at Viscaya are another reason to make the drive to the far east side of town. Silly me: I only bought things I knew would fit into my plans.

Xera signage

On to Xera, a much anticipated opening by all the garden geeks in town. One of those, fellow blogger Laura, was giggling with glee as she selected her booty.

Xera overview

Another chain link fence, but this time it is obvious that an event of the horticultural kind awaits.

loaded tables

Tables are loaded with the fantastic array of plants Xera has long been noted for.

big shallow pots

But that’s not all! Truly elegant pots, many of them potted up in appropriate and imaginative ways, add to the sophisticated ambiance.

more pots

The possibilities for combinations are mind-boggling.

xerpots3.jpg

The close-in southeast location makes this an easy place to visit again and again. I see a lot of that in my future.

Arisaema taiwanese & Echeveria ‘Haagal’

For now, though, I indulged in only two plants…but they are beauts: Echeveria ‘Haagal’ and Arisaema taiwanense. This was Xera/Potting’s soft opening for working out the kinks. As far as I could tell, there were no kinks in sight.

10 Responses to “Viscaya & Xera in one day? Whew!”

  1. Scott Weber Says:

    So glad you made it to both…did you see William at Viscaya…he’s such a sweetheart!

  2. Mark and Gaz Says:

    We would so love to visit Xera given the chance!

  3. Alison Says:

    What fun! I’d love to make it to both of these some day soon.

  4. Peter/Outlaw Says:

    Yowsa! These both look like wonderful places & I love the Viscaya concept. Must visit Ptown again soon!

  5. Loree / danger garden Says:

    What a fun day you and Amy had! I’ve only been to Viscaya once and it was at the end of the season last year. Perhaps it’s time to visit again…

  6. Jane Scorer Says:

    I love the Ligularia, which looks as if it will be a big chap, given half a chance ! It is like looking at the size of a pup’s paws to judge its adult size !

    The nursery in a garden looked fab and I think you showed great restraint by not buying loads more !!

  7. Anastasia Abboud Says:

    What a fun way to spend a day, practically an adventure, treasure hunt and all!
    You make me feel I need to set off for a play day sometimes soon!

  8. ricki Says:

    Scott~William was there, apologizing for some imagined neglect and being his usual, charming self.

    Mark & Gaz~I hope you are piling up air miles. What a time we could show you!

    Alison~Road trip! Road trip!

    Peter~You have a perfect traveling companion. What’s keeping you?

    Loree~I didn’t show many in this post, but there were many of your kind of plants.

    Jane~I’m remembering an early scene in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore where Alice and her friend were gauging the size of men’s feet to predict the size of another part of their anatomy.

    Anastasia~I highly recommend it!

  9. Sarah/Galloping Horse Garden Says:

    I love those expeditions to gourmet nurseries (or whatever you want to call them). Am I imagining it or are succulents the latest trend? I am in love the Echevaria!

  10. ricki Says:

    Sarah~Succulents ARE pretty addictive.

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