Napa Valley

Photo by: Shaun Sullivan

When Thomas Hobbs wrote Shocking Beauty he had no idea who might be reading it, or what it might lead to. Hobbs, a nursery owner and garden designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, predicated the book on his belief that the best high-octane fuel for the creative individual is inspiration. In an interesting twist, the book itself proved inspiring, leading Susan Rudd, who considers it her favorite gardening book, to engage Hobbs to design a garden at the winery estate she and her husband Leslie own.