Friday, 24 June 2016
Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon
garden 8: Deerly Missed
Dave was one of the Salem Hardy Plant Society organizers of the tour. Later that day, he was the MC for the evening event. Pat and Dave’s garden, Deerly Missed, was far and away my favourite on the three day garden tour. You can see over 600 more photos of this fabulous garden here. I highly recommend that you browse through each and every one of those photos, featuring exquisite close ups of the plants.
I overheard that Pat does all of the stained glass for the garden structures.
At the evening event, we learned that Salem is colloquially referred to as “Halfway” (being halfway down the state or maybe halfway between Portland and Eugene), so having the coal car from Halfway means something.
It is fabulous. I bought a tiny one from Annie’s Annuals this spring and cannot remember where I planted it.
There was even a plant sale in the driveway by a really cool small nursery. I was so overwhelmed by the garden that I could not focus on shopping.
What made this garden my favourite?
It felt hand made, over time, by the owners, with fascinating plants, some of which I had never seen before. It was large, and the paths wandered around so even at the end I found a section I had almost missed. We stayed for an hour and could have happily stayed longer, but when we left it was 3 PM and we still had another garden to see before 4.