Metal Sculpture at Cottage Gardens Nursery, Petaluma, Calif.

Lesley took me there yesterday. It’s a stunning place. The plants are exquisite, like the ones at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery. They also have ingenious metal sculptures of animals, old iron buckets, huge ceramic planters (from Viet Nam), a couple of old galvanized bathtubs, antique porcelain pots, and a ton of other stuff. It’s up a hill at 3995 Emerald Drive, on the west side of Petaluma Boulevard as you’re driving out of town to the freeway. An oasis of beauty.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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