Sunday, July 24, 2011


The garden next door I would describe as more of a woodland garden. Shaded pathways wind their way between large Douglas fir trees. Everywhere there were places to sit and enjoy the surrounding plants, most of which I am not familiar.

Or even relax on a hammock under these towering tees.

The homeowners are keen vegetable gardeners and a large portion of their garden was given over to the growing of fruits and vegetables.

I loved the idea of growing beans up this frame, up and away from other plants in the bed.

Some serious compost bins.

The brightly colored shed with its reclaimed windows and siding. The Birrell's son, who works in construction, renovated this once dilapidated shed.

A nice crop of garlic drying on mesh trays.


We ate our box lunches in the Dunn Gardens.

The shade beneath the towering Douglas firs was very welcome on a warm day. Carpets of sedum in flower.

Always on the lookout for paving ideas, I loved the use of slate on edge, to break up expanses of concrete in the pathways.


This was our final stop of the day. We had a short tour through the display gardens.

Everyone was impressed with the tall grasses growing on either side of the pathway. We were surprised to find they were are variety of Stipa and not surprisingly Stipa gigantea. Surely we can grow this in Texas, but have never seen it there.

Wow! I felt like a kid in a candy store when I went into the Elizabeth C Miller library. They must have every book ever written, not just on horticulture but all kinds of design. There are 15,00 books in their collection. I was drawn immediately to this section on English gardens. What I wouldn't give to spend a rainy day or two in there.

Who is this? Well of course it is our own Maydreams, Carol, posing with her article, 'Eccentric in Nature' in the current Horticulture magazine. I must remember to tell Carol tomorrow about the eccentric people that bought our house in Toronto. The neighbors were puzzled as to why they saw yards and yards of soil being moved into the house! It was going down into the basement where the new homeowners were growing... not mushrooms but worms. Imagine what that did to the humidity in the house, among other things.

What better way to top off the day than with a little wine, cheese and shopping hosted by Ravenna gardens.

Followed by a dinner at 50 North, organized by Diana, Sharing Nature's Garden. We walked back to the hotel stopping to admire this art work outside one apartment building.

and this pond with its ever changing luminous glass sculpture.


  1. Great photos to capture our day full of gardens. Your picture of the glass coming out of the pond is just beautiful.

  2. What wonderful photos--such a great tour. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jenny, how lush and gorgeous is all that? And I love the slate edges in the hardscaping, what a great idea. It's very beautiful. Looks like a grand time is being had by all; watch out coming home, we are hitting 105 every day this week.

  4. Did you and Diana get together and plan that first picture you both have at the top of your blog posts? Glad to see that it looks like you're having fun!

  5. Lovely pictures, I really liked that runner bean frame! Such a clever idea.

  6. I sure hope you saw some bamboo on these tours. The PNW has one of the ideal climates for bamboo.

  7. I absolutely love garden tours! These are such beautiful gardens--full and lush with places to ponder. Thanks for sharing...

  8. I loved seeing your pictures of the fling. I live in the Seattle area and was disappointed I wasn't able to go. It's been fun seeing pictures on so many of the blogs.

  9. That first garden looks like my idea of heaven! The hammock is especially inviting :-) thanks for sharing your photos.