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Saturday, 7 September 2019

When we had discovered the Castle Rock public gardens two years ago on a drive to Evan Bean’s garden, we had just missed the annual tour by a month.  Last year, the tour didn’t happen, so I’d been looking forward to it for two years!

We left Ilwaco at 8 AM and arrived at the first garden, east of Castle Rock, just before 11 AM.

The Gardens at Stillmeadows

The garden name had made me eager to ask if the garden owners were fans of Gladys Taber, a favourite author of mine who wrote memoirs about her home called Stillmeadow. No, Still Meadows Lane is the name of the road along which you will find this large garden and overnight retreat.  You can read here about how the owners transformed “a mess of brush and blackberries” into a rambling garden acreage.

As planned in advance, we met Debbie, Dana, and Dawn from up north as we arrived and as they were leaving for the next garden.

me, Bailey, Debbie, Dawn, Dana

This was the only time we saw them all day because they were running an hour ahead of us on the tour.  We had a good but short visit (and they gave me flower pots and some garden decor, thank you!).  Allan and I then walked up the hill toward the garden, guided by our new friend, Bailey.

The gift shop, to the right on the way up the road, was closed for the season.

Now I so wish I had my grandma’s old treadle sewing machine.  (I sold it before leaving Seattle 26 years ago; it was so heavy) Something like this idea is genius for making a window box without attaching hardware to the window frame area….or just the idea of using something other than a standard window box.

To our left, we followed the sound to a waterfall.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
a bit further uphill

The first of two houses is a manufactured home similar to ours. (Of course, I loved that.)

It has an intricate front porch arbour.

Between the first and second house is the entrance to a secret garden.

Allan’s photo

We continued to explore the entrance garden on the way to the retreat office, located in the second house.

one of four elusive kitties

Take a drippy paint can and turn it into a vase with same colour flowers.
Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A large seating area near the office would be perfect for dining al fresco while staying in one of the retreat rooms.

We met the friendly garden owners and then wended our separate ways down the hill into the lower gardens.

path to the sauna

A path gravel worked its way gently downhill.

looking back

Allan’s photo

The tour was perhaps not as well attended as it should have been.  I saw only two other people in the garden, a couple who delightedly commented about the imagination required to create such a space.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
lower right, above, seed heads of a favourite of mine, eryngiums
Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, one of my favourite late summer bloomers

At the bottom of the hill awaited an impressive stand of sunflowers, cosmos, and zinnias.  I love zinnias but don’t seem to have enough heat to grow them at the beach.

 

A dahlia garden came next as one turns to another path back into the lower garden.

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo

Looking back at the dahlias…

Past the dahlias, a bridge over a river of blue fescue leads to a reflective pond.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Chickens!

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

That must be the back of the sauna.

Past the picket fence, a path wound sinuously through the woods….

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo

The woodsy path emerged at the base of steps leading up next to a waterfall.

Allan’s photo of a clever break in the railing as it crosses a stream.

Even though the stairs were easy enough, with a sturdy railing, let’s go back around the long way, retracing some of our steps to see more, including a closer look at a grove of Acer griseum (paperbark maple).

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo
returning to the upper level (Allan’s photo)

As we were leaving, we met Rosemary from St Helens (a lower Columbia River town in Oregon), who had sent me a beautiful greeting card after happening upon my plant sale last May.  What a lucky encounter today.

Rosemary and me

I do hope we meet again.

And I hope to visit The Gardens at Stillmeadows again in late spring or early summer.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

study

The Jane Kerr Platt Garden

platt

Parking for this garden scared the jeewhillikers out of me; fortunately, after difficulties down on the curving road (which I’ll describe in my next post, so as not to detract from this garden), we were able to drive up and park in the upper parking lot.  That is where most visitors would be able to park, since most garden events here would probably not draw such large numbers all at once.  I’ve heard about this garden for years, so despite arrival problems was glad to be able to enjoy it.

From the parking lot, we walked a bit uphill and through a gap in a hedge to view the expansive garden.  It reminded me of the garden on Whidbey Island whose creator had died and left a mature garden behind, and like the Froggwell garden it gave me a poignant feeling.

looking across the lawn to the house

looking across the lawn to the house

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden beds to the side of the lawn

garden beds to the side of the lawn

path

leaves2

beds2

echinops (blue globe thistle)

echinops (blue globe thistle)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

crocosmia

crocosmia2

rosa

poppies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

poppies2

rose

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

scree

trees

branches

scree2

the rock garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

rockgarden

fern

rocks

rhodo

rhodo2

smitten with the sun on this rhododendron

smitten with the sun on this rhododendron

easy steps to climb

easy steps to climb

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at the top

at the top

woodenbench

platt2

platt3

sedum

bench2

Allan taking photos

Allan taking photos

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

descending to the house level

descending to the house level

trilliums

trilliums ripening

leaves4

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another rhododendron gleaming in sunlight

another rhododendron gleaming in sunlight

path3

rhodo6

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

returning to the lawn, as others begin to climb the stairs

returning to the lawn, as others begin to climb the stairs

I think that's an enormous stewartia.

I think that’s an enormous stewartia.

lilies4

an old character of a tree

an old character of a tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the house

the house

acer

I see an Acer griseum.

I miss the paperbark maple that I left behind at my old house, and keep forgetting to replace it.  I had a long admiration session with this one in the Platt garden.

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acer3

acer4

acer5

urn

vista across the lawn

vista across the lawn

just below the house

just below the house

conifer

behind the house

behind the house

bay

house2

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

weeping

in

out

mesmerized

mesmerized

returning on the path below the house

returning on the path below the house

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back to the paperbark maple

back to the paperbark maple

paperbark2

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

patio and pond at front of house

patio and pond at front of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

It was still so hot that this tour guest was putting a bag of ice on her head.  (Allan's photo)

It was still so hot that this tour guest was putting a bag of ice on her head. (Allan’s photo)

frontpatio2

frontpatio3

We had a sudden rain shower—a blissful moment in the heat.

Allan rejoined me and we walked down the lawn to the parking, hoping to leave at a quiet traffic moment before a number of folks wanted to leave at once.

platt5

platt6

one last rhododendron

one last rhododendron

The study weekend was over and the time had come make our way home and get back to work.  Tonight: one last short bonus post before the work blog begins again.

For another view of the garden tours, see Alison’s Bonney Lassie blog about the art in the gardens and about touring gardens in the heat.

 

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29 July 2012:  a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

The final garden of the CASA tour in Gearhart offered a simple landscape described in the programme thus:

“This garden is relaxing and refreshing with a beautiful little greenhouse built long ago by the original owners.”
front gate

front gate

front walk

front walk

front porch

front porch

view to next door

view west to next door raised bed garden

view from front porch into the garden

view from front porch into the garden

two sit spots

two sit spots

Most tour guest entered by the side yard.

Most tour guests entered by the side yard.

garden bike

garden bike

at the back of the lawn, a shed...

at the back of the lawn, a shed…

looking north from garden shed

looking north from garden shed

view from shed door

view from shed door

I have to admit that with not much actual garden, I concentrated more on the nice little outbuilding. Once we we entered it we realized the interior was like a guest house or retreat.

wall between guest house and potting shed

wall between guest house and potting shed

window to potting shed

window to potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

guest house

guest house

window bench

window bench

guest house...game room

guest house…game room

West guest house view of old greenhouse

West guest house view of old greenhouse

The old greenhouse was charming indeed.

The old greenhouse was charming indeed….

and had a table set for a party.

and had a table set for a party.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

an orange corner

an orange corner

Acer griseum

Acer griseum

bark detail, paperbark maple

bark detail, paperbark maple

must...acquire

must…acquire

I am reminded, as with our visit to the Adolphson-Drafall garden in Astoria, that I miss and want to replace the paperbark maple that I had to leave behind in my old garden.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see the house.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see into the house.

home interior

home interior

deck view of back garden

deck view of back garden

and of the greenhouse and guest house

and of the greenhouse and guest house

on the deck

on the deck as it wrapped around the house

back deck

back deck

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

lawn photo

lawn photo

Allan took a humourous lawn photo for our friend Tom Hornbuckle, the lawn fanatic.

postlude: Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Having seen every last garden of the excellent CASA tour, we went across the street to do a little shopping at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook, two sister stores that sell collectible plants and home and garden decor.  Because our own day of garden tour glory was over, I no longer had the excuse to be a complete spendthrift.  But because it is such a good nursery, we did get a cart full of plants.

Back Alley Gardens

Back Alley Gardens

our purchases being totaled

our purchases being totaled

inside The Natural Nook

inside The Natural Nook

mermaid art

mermaid art

beachy things

beachy things

more beachy things

more beachy things

for inside and out

for inside and out

door to nursery

door to nursery

chicks

chicks

flower window

flower window

Natural Nook display

Natural Nook display

As we left the two shops, and as I write about the day now, I am determined to never miss the CASA garden tour again.  It is a shame that five years of it slipped by us.

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