Pioneertown, CA
It’s a mirage, right? 
Deep in the High Desert of the Yucca Valley — north of Palm Springs, past the anachronistic edifice of Hollywood-fabricated Pioneertown — there’s a wooden arrow that reads “Gods Way Love.” The arrow aims down an ambling dirt road to a strange oasis — a place with fruit-bearing gardens, ponds thick with lilypads and koi, a family of chickens, gardens full of crystals and magnetic minerals. 
Garth Bowles bought some 640 acres of California desert back in 1981, with a dream of simpler living. He’s spent the last decade adhering to the principles of permaculture to help reshape the landscape of Boulder Gardens — transforming the grounds through ecological engineering to foster and sustain a natural wellspring of water, and through it, agriculture. 

With a half dozen or so semi-permanent structures — teepee, yurt, outdoor kitchen, sauna, etc — Boulder Gardens is Garth’s sacred space, where he welcomes the curious with disarming empathy all year round. 
photos by Natalie and Mariko

Pioneertown, CA

It’s a mirage, right? 

Deep in the High Desert of the Yucca Valley — north of Palm Springs, past the anachronistic edifice of Hollywood-fabricated Pioneertown — there’s a wooden arrow that reads “Gods Way Love.” The arrow aims down an ambling dirt road to a strange oasis — a place with fruit-bearing gardens, ponds thick with lilypads and koi, a family of chickens, gardens full of crystals and magnetic minerals. 

Garth Bowles bought some 640 acres of California desert back in 1981, with a dream of simpler living. He’s spent the last decade adhering to the principles of permaculture to help reshape the landscape of Boulder Gardens — transforming the grounds through ecological engineering to foster and sustain a natural wellspring of water, and through it, agriculture. 

With a half dozen or so semi-permanent structures — teepee, yurt, outdoor kitchen, sauna, etc — Boulder Gardens is Garth’s sacred space, where he welcomes the curious with disarming empathy all year round. 

photos by Natalie and Mariko


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