The Astoria Garden Tour is put on by a society whose focus is preservation historic homes rather than hortheads. So forgive me if I say that in 2008 I ended up saving only these few photos from the tour…2008 was not the tour’s most impressive year.
(left) the garden with dog and interesting container display is a gardening business down a hard to find road. For years I kept their beautiful business card…..something Moon?? They had a fascinating collection of container plants and I remember a good water feature down by the street….
I liked the middle garden’s waterfall cascading through a couple of ponds down a shady ferny slope. I remember talking with the homeowner, a woman older than me, about chronic dizziness (brought up by my choosing to go around the edge path rather than back down the steep steps). She had suffered from it for years. Happily mine passed by 2011, mostly. The righthand photo is from the same garden on the very top of the slope. When I saw the greenhouse I remembered I had been in the garden before the waterfall had been built. It must have been on a previous tour and a far different garden without the lovely water feature.
The best garden for me was one I had lucked into seeing several years earlier, back when the Daily Astorian had an excellent weekly column called “In the Garden” (and why they dropped it is beyond me; I loved it and read it first thing every week in the Coast Weekend section). The author’s name was…can I remember? Cathy Peterson maybe? and I had corresponded with her a bit in e-mail. Oh! She interviewed Robert and me for the paper once! And my webmistress saved it on our website…Yes, Cathy Peterson….What a great weekly column she wrote. When she retired from the column, the Astoria brought in a new writer who wrote at least two very good columns (one was about installing an old garden shed into her new Ilwaco garden lot)…and then the column was dropped. I remain flummoxed and think of it every time we drive by the Ilwaco house with the old shed.
Cathy and an Astorian gardener named Jessica (whose business had a charming name like Wyndlesham gardens or something like that and whose clever slogan was “hand tool gardening”) spirited us away from the tour that year to see a non-tour garden up and over the hill in an area of more modern homes. I have now slowly worked to my point: In 2008 that garden was again on the tour and had it not been such a bright, hard to photograph day, I would have more photos of it.
Golden foliage brightens the gardens in front of the house and the Alliums are the sure sign of someone who appreciates good plants.
The back yard has sunny beds around the inviting deck.
The deck has a prow shape, good for standing as on a ship and overlooking the garden.
The garden falls away in the back to shady woods which are not particularly planted up but do have the occasional decorative touch.
On the left is a good idea for camouflaging a black plastic pot and on the left, a statue makes a focal point in an old outdoor fireplace.
After visiting so many gardens in June and July I felt a little bereft at the end of the Astoria tour. I had one more open day to look forward it in our own garden and in less than a month we would luck into a surprisingly excellent tour of gardens not far from Astoria.