Renee C. Byer/ rbyer@sacbee.com

Scott Paris takes a break in a shaded area of one of his gardens at Maple Rock Gardens, a local landmark in Newcastle. Scott and Lisa Paris, owners of High Hand Nursery and Conservatory, bought Maple Rock in 2011 and made it their personal plant kingdom, full of shade, color and inspiration. Stone paths, waterfalls and newly planted trees are among the newest upgrades. It will be open to the public May 24.

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