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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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29 July 2012: Gearhart, Oregon, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

front porch

front porch

Garden three, our favourite!!!! The Dee Madden garden: “It’s not hard to imagine being at the perfect outdoor party as you walk around this entertaining garden.” Might I add that the greeting table had, along with yummy cookies, a container of Red Vines just like Allan picked out to include with our tour day snacks!

walking around the house

walking around the house

my garden by the sea

my little garden by the sea

garden sign

garden sign

beside the back deck

beside the back deck

side garden

side garden

southeast corner

southeast corner

On the way into the garden, we had  the man who creates these rock stacks (behind the chair, right, and below). He was the same man, mentioned two entries ago, who is good friends and works with Steve Clarke. These rocks are NOT bolted together; they are perfectly stacked in balance.

He said he does not install them in gardens with children or rambunctious dogs, but he added that he can press on them and not have them topple. (I assume he meant press down, not sideways).

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

From the corner with the double adirondack chair and the stacked rocks, we turned left and walked behind the walled back deck.walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

The back deck, enclosed in cedar shake walls, had at least three access points.  I think that it is what made this my favourite garden.  That, and the friendly and winning personality of garden owner Dee herself.

on the deck

on the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

deck insetI loved the way the deck had an inset garden bed, and the simplicity of the big table and benches and the variety of interesting plants in bed, containers, and windowboxes, including one of my favourites, Salvia patens (lower left).

deckgarden

on the deck

on the deck

inset garden, handsome table

inset garden, handsome table

the table of perfection

the table of perfection

At the northeast corner of the deck (if I don’t have my directions all turned around), an opening led to a river rock fire circle.  Now I could so clearly picture wonderful parties here.

to the circle

to the circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

the north side garden, with another rock stack

the north side garden, with another rock stack

and another

and another

garden

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

At the corner of the house we came upon a table with delicious cookies, photos of the rock stack man’s creations on the beach and a postcard for Harvest Moon Designs, Dee’s helper with garden ideas.

refreshments

refreshments

We did not want to leave Dee’s garden, but of course, as usual, we had more gardens to see and the tour ended early (for us) at 3 PM.  With a last look over the fence…

from outside

from outside

On the way around the corner, we lingered briefly to admire a round rock edged garden bed.  It might be a pain to weed, but it looks so nice.

beach rock bed

beach rock bed

Interlude

On the walk to the next garden, we enjoyed a house with a simple but effective planting of roses and Stipa tenuissima,

Stipa and Roses

Stipa and Roses

two tiny cottages....

two tiny cottages….

and a pair of garden benches that would make even an ungardened yard a pleasant place to be.

benches

And now on to garden number four…

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As seems to happen in most years, the tour went on into Warrenton, a town west of Astoria.  From the programme guide’s description of garden five:  “This one acre family-owned garden and house began over eighty years ago with the owners’ grandparents. Some rhododendrons are a hundred years old. Enjoy the waterfall and fish pond beside the house, a firepit, and a swing to sit in while the apple tree or berries of the fenced berry patch. A greenhouse provides shelter from rainstorms.”

the house

the house

More interest awaited us than what was promised by the clean lines of the front garden.

lawn, bark, rhodos, marigolds

lawn, bark, rhodos, marigolds

At the corner of the house we passed by a dark and gnarly old tree…

a peculiar tree!

a peculiar tree!

and as we rounded the corner we caught our first glimpse of the pond.  The “seep area” (right,below) helps clean and filter water.

edge of the pond

edge of the pond

pond bridge

pond bridge

pond bridge, other side

pond bridge, other side

 

 

 

 

I didn’t cross the pond bridge, but walked around the end of the pond to access the other side.  I am sure I would fall in.  And then there would be no more photos from me for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pond impressively had very little underwear showing, just some pipes and a little pump house.  So beautiful it was, but no matter how much I envied it there was no way I could it together to have this before our garden tour in a week!  It had been the retirement project of the garden owners.

 

Allan on the bridge

Allan on the bridge

and the photos he took

and the photos he took

bridge planks

bridge planks

A proper bridge leads between a small shade garden and the pond to a deck accessed by the front door of the house.  What a charming set up!  The clear roof makes it a perfect rainy day spot to gaze at the pond.

to the deck

to the deck

the view from the bridge

the view from the bridge

At the other end of the bridge is a clear roofed enclosure for a hot tub and outdoor dining.

hot tub room

hot tub room

A path through a casual garden bed guides the way to handsome and roomy greenhouse behind the hot tub room.

greenhouse

greenhouse

Further back, ingredients had been provided for s’mores around a campfire.  Of course, with our plant shopping trip in mind for the end of the afternoon, we did not have time to linger for long.

campfire

campfire

campfire

campfire

I did not even notice at the time, but that looks like another greenhouse off to the right.  I was thoroughly distracted by a sweet, small dog and did sit for a little while to pet her.

oh so adorable!

oh so adorable!

The rest of the acreage had some fruit trees and a berry patch fenced off from deer.

acreage

acreage

On we went to the next and last garden…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While spending a quiet day pruning and weeding in the garden of Ruth, Allan’s mom, I noticed her neighbour, Bill Hardy, two doors down, weeding in his own garden.  Ruth had told me that he has an impressive garden built on levels so she and I went to request a tour.  He was happy to show off the garden that he and his son Larry had made.

The paths down to the back two-level deck lead through a series of inlaid wooden arches.  From the street, one can only imagine the continued theme of contrasting wood.  To see he moon gate, you would need an invitation into this secret paradise.

At this time of year, with many plants dormant, Larry’s carpentry is the main feature of the terraced descent into the back yard. I can imagine it in the lush bloom of summer.  I like a garden full of secrets, and this one revealed new delights at every level.

What a privilege it is to gain entry to hidden gardens.  This one is worthy of being on a garden tour.

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