Two perennial gardens lie behind the new Mather Lifeways buildings, one on each side of Davis Street east of Hinman Avenue. The north garden is exclusively for residents and their guests, but the south garden is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m.

Local media were recently invited to see the public garden. A special feature is in the center where roses are being trained up trellises that culminate in a large circle overhead, becoming a rose arbor.

Jane Abatangelo, chair of the 17-member Garden Committee at Mather Lifeways, showed visitors the raised beds and crescent-shaped areas planted and tended by residents.

Gardeners there, as most everywhere, seem bemused by the vagaries of flora and fauna. Don Powell, out for a stroll in the garden, indicated that he was somewhat disappointed with this year’s dahlias, his specialty. Busy with the flowers in a raised bed, Betty Boyd said, “It’s fun, but the rabbits are driving us crazy.”