Spring has Sprung

Gardens in Hollister are in full bloom. BenitoLink highlights one that is worth savoring.

San Benito County has a climate that makes gardening a joy. Outstanding gardens can complete the look of a beautiful home and one of the best examples in Hollister is the magnificent garden at the Hawkins House on South and Monterey Streets. The house was built for Thomas "Warren" Hawkins in 1893. It is now owned by Ken and Barbara Dassel.  Ken maintains the beautiful property and has an expert green thumb.The garden has 90 roses, in many varieties. The Dassels also have a vegetable garden and an amazing collection of grafted fruit trees on the property. Sharlene Van Rooy, with the San Benito County Historical Society provided a little more information about the home, " Designed by J. Fairley Wieland, the house is a Queen Anne with Eastlake features including turned posts, balustrade, and a decorated pediment over the entrance. The home was used in the television movie East of Eden starring Jane Seymour."


Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.