Photo by Alan Beymer

Bel Giardino

is a beautiful and compelling location for events, a place to be educated and inspired by the natural beauty and resources of the Sierra Foothills, and an example of the benefits and inherent wisdom of living in concert with nature to achieve sustainability.

Bel Giardino is a private demonstration garden on nearly four acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills near historic, Gold Rush era, Columbia California. Bel Giardino’s owners, Marlys and Jay Bell are committed to “living green” and public education. Bel Giardino showcases principles and practices for living lightly on the land in a more self reliant, sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyle. Through actual illustrations, Bel Giardino provides practical information about efforts individuals can do to conserve energy, support local wildlife and care for the land.


Visitors will have opportunities to tour gardens, participate in hands on workshops, and attend seminars on subjects as: living green, gardening organically, designing low maintenance gardens/landscapes, gardening with California natives and Mediterranean plants and gardening for healthy eating.


In addition to providing educational opportunities, Marlys is available to coach individuals in designing, and implementing garden and landscape plans and to provide guided tours of Bel Giardino.  The facilities and gardens are available for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and meetings.


To promote greater public awareness, Bel Giardino looks for opportunities to collaborate with organizations having similar interests in gardening/landscaping, the environment and living green.

Many of the images on our site were taken by Salisha Malin who is also an excellent portrait and wedding photographer.

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