with Ted Kipping
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ted’s garden was first featured in Carol Olwell’s book, “Gardening From The Heart: Why Gardeners Garden”. The Chapter on Ted and his garden was titled “The Terminal Case” for the intense way an enormous diversity of plants from many different parts of the world has been installed. The theme of the garden is “ A Rocky Outcrop In A Cloud Forest”. When people ask what exposure he sets a plant, the answer is usually “Full Fog!”
Ted considers SF Botanic Garden as his horticultural alma mater. He worked there many years ago and has continued to volunteer there since. To paraphrase the adage that although you can take the boy out of the farm but not the farm out of the boy, in Ted’s case you can take the boy out of the arboretum but NOT the arboretum out of the boy. Thus between 2,000 and 3,000 varieties of plants are tucked onto a city lot.