Nido’s gardens are located east of the Main House and consist of a mature Shade Garden, an enclosed Sun Garden, and a fruit orchard. The Sun Garden’s unique architectural feature – designed by the current owners based on a 19th century California garden structure – adds a formal element to the house gardens, while also serving a protective purpose.
The Sun Garden is accessed through the “woodland” Shade Garden by a stone path and steps. Vegetables, herbs and flowers thrive in this safe and sunny garden, which is watered directly from the lake.
The Shade Garden, designed to mirror Nido’s wild places, features a variety of deer-resistant plants — spring-blooming daffodils, ferns, Lenten Roses, Astilbe, Bleeding Heart, Solomon Seal and ground covers.
The soil in both gardens has been built over two decades using sustainable and organic gardening methods.
The Orchard is adjacent to the gardens and produces several varieties of peaches, plums and apples.