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Lessons to be Learned from the Esalen Garden Print E-mail
Written by Ann Shepphird   

EsalenIt is hard for me to imagine that anybody who visits Esalen isn’t immediately struck by their gardens. They are, quite simply, spectacular. Of course, the location (on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur) doesn’t hurt. A year ago this week (just as we were getting ready to launch this site), I attended a workshop led by Shirley Ward, the Esalen garden and farm manager, and learned an amazing amount of things I could use both for GardenstoTables and in my community garden. Shirley is leading another workshop this coming week called “Timeless Spring: Groundwork in the Esalen Organic Farm and Garden” and, yep, I will be there. Her co-teachers are Amigo Bob Cantisano (who was a great guest speaker last year) and Wendy Johnston, who wrote “Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.”

I hope to have a lot of new posts to share based on what I learned. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask while I’m up there, please let me know by sending me an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In the meantime, those of you who haven’t seen the Esalen gardens can take a glimpse in this three-part video the farm and garden team made recently:
Esalen Farm & Garden 2009, Part One, Growing Through the Seasons
Esalen Farm & Garden 2009, Part Two
Esalen Farm & Garden 2009, Part Three

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