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Visiting the Garden Song in Elkhorn, California, halfway between Monterey and Santa Cruz, is like meandering through a five-acre hidden treasure. Dahlias in every imaginable color burst forth like the grand finale of a Fourth of July fireworks show.

Located on acreage studded with live oak trees, the Garden Song is the creation of Colleen and Jim Goff. They love to share their private park with visitors and encourage you to linger and savor the serenity.

Jim and Colleen have been working on their floral wonderland for 15 years. Colleen started a small cut flower business so she could be home with their daughter. Soon they were shipping dahlias around the world. After a serious back injury nine years ago, Colleen returned to her love of growing flowers.

Both horticultural and musically inclined, the Goffs have recently added acoustic concerts to their garden setting. Gardens are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Entrance fee is $5 unless there’s a concert. Cut flowers, gifts and refreshments are available for purchase.

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