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The Gardens and Collections


The James Dempsey Mansion is surrounded by lush, mature Gardens on three sides.


Interesting collections give variety to the landscape: handcrafted glazed lanterns for nostalgic evening atmosphere; Greek, Mexican, and Mediterranean urns; a bubbling marble birdbath; a classical statue of the Water Bearer centered in a circular fountain; two sundials; a diverse collection of five handcarved lions; a pair of five-lobed Victorian street lamps flanking the Maple Street walkup; and a rare pair of monumental handmade glazed ceramic pineapples (symbols of hospitality) on plinths at the Maple Street Entrance.


In 2016 we look forward to the construction of a traditional Victorian Folly, that is: a classical-ruins fantasy of columns, capitals, cornices, oculi stone windows and other architectural fragments of antique hand-sculpted stone collected from Europe and Spanish-Colonial America.


According to plans designed by noted California landscape architect Ronald Joseph Ferris, during the Summer of 2016 modifications to the design of the Gardens will heighten dramatic interest and will maximize the spectrum of seasonal colors to be displayed.

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