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Prickly Gardens of Jardines de San Juan

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San Juan Bautista, a small town nestled in the golden hills just south of Gilroy, is known for a few things – the historic California mission, the groups of children field-tripping around town, the antique shops in a wild west setting – but even travelers who don’t know anything about San Juan know about Jardines.

Jardines de San Juan (pronounced har-dee-ness) pairs classic Mexican fare with the friendly service of your favorite hometown restaurant, but where this colorful gem truly shines is in the garden.

Surrounded by dense pathways of succulents and drought-tolerant Spanish Villa-style foliage, Jardines caters to casual diners as well as lavish wedding parties and other special events. It takes two full-time gardeners to keep the property full-time gorgeous, and the attention to detail is obvious.

The photos below only show a few of the many well-tended, old-growth plant fixtures, but the whole garden spans a full city block, creating a magically lush backdrop from any angle.

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