House Concert Season – Paul Inman at Garden Song Flower Farm

Summer is house concert season in the Monterey Bay Area. You won’t find many of these concerts promoted in the event calendars of local newspapers; they are often by invitation only. You hear of the event word-of-mouth, attend, and get your name on the email list. Below is information on a concert happening soon at Garden Song Flower Farm in Royal Oaks. Below that, see my article and photos on the flower farm, reprised from last year:

Paul Inman playing at the Garden Botanical Gardens & Flower Farm

Paul Inman’s Delivery is comprised of singer-songwriter-guitarist/pianist Paul Inman and drummer Robert Dill along with bassist Rick Smith, and keyboardist John Bird. Touring both as a trio and as a solo acoustic guitar and piano act, Paul Inman’s Delivery have released 4 full-length CD’s of deftly performed gothic-tinged americana infused with folk and pop. Their latest, Songs Of The Broken Earth, further expands their sonic palette to incorporate blues and electronic stylings, while remaining embedded in the americana and roots rock genre. They tour intermitently both in the U.S. and in Europe while continuing to record new material. They have shared stages with the likes of Marc Olsen and Victoria Williams (Creek Dippers), Gram Rabbit, Lucinda Williams, and The Jayhawks. They are looking to release a new CD later this year…

See complete summer line up:
The Garden song
“Summer for Peace” Concert Series.
Admission: $12.00
Location: The Garden Song/ Elkhorn Garden
Dahlia & Daylily flower Farm
In Moss Landing Area in the hills
14581 Tumbleweed Ln, Royal Oaks, Ca., North Monterey County
People bring can bring lunch sit at tables with umbrellas or roam the gardens [and check out the gift shop] while the concert is on.


I’ve been pretty busy lately, and just now catching up on my blogging at Local Nomad. First off, some photos from a recent house concert at The Garden Song / Elkhorn Garden in Royal Oaks. Colleen and Jim Goff gave me a tour of their beautiful gardens where they cultivate world-class dahlias, daylilies and many other flowers. I was impressed by the amount of work they put into the place, especially considering that Colleen suffered from a back injury some years ago, from which she has recovered with help from alternative healing. They are often busy clearing brush, including poison oak, creating trails, planting, and designing new gardens.

Both Colleen and Jim are musicians, so the Gardens seemed like a great place to put up a stage and invite their friends to play. This has gradually evolved into a small concert venue, and they now hold concerts every Sunday during the summer, charging $12 entry, half of which goes to the performers.

One of the unusual (and I think great) things about this music venue is that you are not confined to one little spot from which to listen to the music. You are free to wander the gardens (staying on the trails), and best of all, you can hear the music from just about any point in the gardens, because the area forms a natural ampitheatre. Some parts of the garden have picnic tables so you can eat and listen to music.

The Juncos perform at Elkhorn Gardens (2011 season). They were great! There was an audience of perhaps 20 or 30 people. Some sat on the grass, some sat at tables on the patio, and others wandered on the trails nearby, still listening to the music among the flowers.

Jim and Colleen have cleared areas and created the trails in the garden to follow natural pathways.

A garden in process. The Goffs are constantly busy cultivating flowers and creating new gardens in their acreage.

Elkhorn Gardens is open to the public during open hours. Come by in August when the dahlias are in bloom. I’m sure they’ll be spectacular.

A White Iris.

Check out their little shop where they sell tea, French soap, garden art, and snacks.
Info and directions on line at :

See also:

* Canyon Acoustic Society (Watsonville) — coming up: James Lee Stanley, July 21
* Treehouse Concerts (Carmel Valley)
* Pop-up House Concerts by Kiki Wow