A Dutch expatriate traded tulips
for cacti and succulents
H arry Vandenberg was not able to grow desert plants in his native Holland. When he came to the United States some 32 years ago Harry, an engineer, visited Joshua Tree National Park and was impressed by the variety of plant life there. Thus began a passion for unusual species of cacti and succulents. Harry has been nurturing this Thousand Oaks garden for 23 years. It started with two truckloads of soil, brought in to offer the plants optimal growing conditions. Since then he and his wife Bonnie have brought in plants from all over the world, which Harry meticulously cares for. The garden requires watering just one time per month. And, with no end in sight to California’s drought, a desert garden presents a beautiful solution to a thorny problem.