May 27, 2014


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When I heard about the Celebration of Gardening, I jumped at the chance to tour the private 30-acre estate, Maple Rock Gardens, Newcastle, CA.

My husband and I arrived at opening time, 9:00 am, and already the parking lot was packed. At the entrance, we received a colored map. We didn’t need it, though. The countless paths of bricks, gravel, stones, pavers, river rocks, and other hardscape, were easy to follow from garden room to garden room, each a different theme.

The estate is owned by Scott Paris who also owns High Hand Nursery and High Hand Café in Loomis. Scott purchased the estate three years ago from Ruby and Frank Andrews who had already created a three-and-a-half acre garden, including a large miniature railroad area.

An avid plant and landscape lover, Scott expanded the gardens since taking ownership. By bringing in large plants and trees, the new and old blend together flawlessly. Water falls, streams, bridges highlight thousands of trees, shrubs, ground cover, and of course hundreds of maple trees.

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Just a little update:  Ashley’s Gift is now available  in the following countries:

United Kingdom, France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Spain, Italy, India, Mexico, Brazil, Australia

Thank you! Sales are still going strong.



  1. A lovely walk through gorgeous gardens. Nice slide show.


    • Yes, as you know, it was beautiful. Nice of the Paris family to share their oasis. It must take an army to care for the grounds.


  2. Dianne, I was asked by Amazon to do a review of Ashley’s Gift and gave you 5 stars. Can’t wait to read “the rest of the story”.


    • Thank you, Georgia. I forgot Amazon does that. I’m working on the rest of the story, and marketing this one and getting it into print. It’s all a long process.


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