In about an hour I am visiting a friend's garden in Newport Beach. I've never seen his garden, but after knowing him for a few years I certainly have a picture in my head of what I think it will be like.
My friend is a landscape water conservation expert, one of the best in the West actually, and he invited me over to sit down for a few minutes and brainstorm some ways the city might encourage its residents toward even greater water conservation practices.
But, he also invited me over simply to see his garden. I'm certainly looking forward to the visit.
But I'm not quite so sharing with my own garden.
Although I love my garden, I consider it "my" garden. The plants, the structure, the colors, everything – they're what appeal to me. I'm a plant collector, a workaholic, a father, a nature fan, a businessman and like many of you, a cash-strapped homeowner, doing my best to make a living.