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Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend 2018

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

The thoughts refer to all the garden tour days and are at the end of this post.

my well thumbed booklet

Friday, 22 June 2018

After touring gardens all day, we checked into the college building where the lectures would be held and then looked in on the plant sale.  I had been disconcerted to find that parking was down a steep slope of grass and across the street; this hampered my purchasing and I bought far fewer plants than I otherwise would have.  The venue was not disability friendly.  Allan saw a woman with a cane standing at the bottom of the steep sloping lawn above the parking area while her friends tried to figure out how to get her up to the lecture hall.

outside the venue (Allan’s photo)

below the terrace (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

in the plant sale room (Allan’s photo)

Dan Hinkley and his plant sale table

Dan Hinkley, the best garden speaker ever, in my opinion, gave the keynote speech, titled “The Giving”, about garden memories in a way.

We had all been given plastic baggies containing plant material, and he asked us to breathe in the odors and remember times in the past.

In the bag, along with leaves and berries to evoke memories of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other gatherings, were seeds of Erythronium revolutum for us to grow.

As always, his lecture was so moving to me.  My notes were brief because it was mostly the emotional side of gardening:

“The Giving Tree” book, Dan fell in love with gardening at age five after seeing a pansy flower (I think it was the same for our friend Todd), “Who was the older person who was your first mentor?”  

He suggests…Walking into the garden and asking your plants, are you giving me what I expect from you?  “If not, then I ask Robert to dig them out.”

Something about how a red-tailed hawk’s cry was dubbed in for an eagle in a car ad because the eagle’s cry was not what they wanted.

He quoted from a poem by Wendell Berry: do read it.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

We were up at 7 AM for the plant sale (again) and lectures.  Again, I found negotiating the hill to the lecture hall difficult and had a little talk with the folks at the check-in table about testing a venue out with the idea of disabled people being able to use it well. I bought just two plants because of the difficulty of carrying them down that hill.

The Bellevue Botanical Garden director, Nancy Kartes, in introducing the talks, said something so true about public gardening: “When we make mistakes, we make them in front of everyone.”

The morning lectures began.

Claudia West: Planting in a Post Wild World 

I had heard her co-author lecture about this book at a previous study weekend.

Claudia’s talk was transformative and had me in tears at the end when she showed a slide of a devastated Germany after WWII, described how the people could not hang their laundry out without it turning black from soot, and then showed the same area now turned into a beautiful green landscape of lakes and trees: a new Lake District in Central Germany.

My notes: Less than 5% of the world is left in dark spaces.  (And some of those that show up as dark are actually industrial like commercial farming and mining).

Design rules where plants do not touch are bad for the environment, she hates to see “rain gardens” designed with space in between the plants.

We must use small spaces to 100% of their potential; plants want to cover ground.  (Yes! I am vindicated against clients who don’t want plants to touch!)

She strongly recommended the book The Hidden Life of Trees (Melissa gave it to me for my birthday!)

Ground covers are the best mulch.

She recommends Hansen/Stahl’s book Perennials and Their Garden Habitats.

After talking about the healing of the land in Central Germany (the part that made me weep), she said “We are in a global emergency.  We are losing the foundation of life.”

It was odd indeed that this study weekend did not include a book sales table.  I must read this book soon.

Jimi Blake: Salvias

Jimi Blake gave a talk on salvias.  My notes said to acquire Salvia fulgens (5′) and Salvia Amistad (“dies well”).  He suggested taking cuttings, growing them in perlite, and taking cuttings of the cuttings.  He recommended these websites: salvias.com.ar and fbts.com (flowers by the sea) and world of salvias.com.

His talk was followed by his sister’s.

June Blake: Discovering the Home Place: Making Sense with Plants, Buildings, and Landscape

Her talk was lovely but my notes are brief.

skybox (a structure with big walls like a box open to the sky that you sit in).

When parents let their children run through her meadow, she gets very cross and the parents walk out of the garden in a big huff.

She used a famine pot as a garden feature.  Read about famine pots here.

She provided a useful plant list with her slide show of 68 favourite plants.

Sunday 24 June 2018

Again, we were up by 7 AM.  This was near the parking garage (which continued to be a difficult uphill walk to the lecture hall for a cane user):

Along the water’s edge, the air is damp yet sweet.

hoop houses and veg beds

The land around us is wet Saturated with life

Dense thickets conceal a universe beneath

Seasons cycle through Balance emerges essential

I bought four more plants at the plant sale, judging them by their weight as to whether we could get them down the hill.  In a great (small) tragedy, I did not get back to the lecture hall in time for door prizes and I actually had won a plant for once! but was not in my seat so I lost out on it.  DANG it all to bits.

Sunday morning offered two lectures.

Janice Currie: My Recipe for a Lifetime of Gardening Pleasure.

The talk was about her world travels in gardens and did not offer up many plant names or information so did not teach me much. I did not quite realize it until another attendee pointed that out.

My notes, mostly about her useful information about rock gardens (as she has made an impressive one with tons of rock at her home garden):

use sand in scree beds

a rock garden of rock piled on a cement slab with little rocks in between

“Czech alpine gardens and gardeners” must refer to this.

make trough crevice garden 

Jimi Blake: A Beautiful Obsession

Jimi’s second talk was about his garden, which is on the same huge estate as his sister June’s.  He provided a slide list with 71 plants which I will be looking into.  The ones I gave multiple “must have” stars to are Erythronium ‘Joanne’, Corydalis calycos (the best, 1.5 feet high (??), Impatiens omeiana ‘Sango’ (pink stripe in leaf)  Epimidium ‘Wildside Amber’, Linaria vulgaris f. peloria, Linaria ‘Peachy’ (sterile), Linaria ‘Oslow Pink’, Geranium wallichianum ‘Havana Blues’, Sanguisorba ‘Black Thorn’ (6-7 feet, no staking), Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Martin’s Mulberry’, Cosmos peucedanifolius, Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’, Musa sikkemensis ‘Bengal Tiger’, Veronicastrum ‘Mammy Blake’ (named for his mum, can probably never get it here), Allium ‘Purple Rain’, Schefflera delavayi, Schefflera koranasii BSWJ1138.  And more.

He will have a book out for Christmas 2018.

You can follow him and his sister on Facebook.

the view from our lunchtime seating on the terrace

brief thoughts on garden tour kindness

Much has been written about the proper etiquette for touring gardens, but not much about how tour goers and garden hosts should treat others.

Let me just say that if I were hosting a tour of people that had paid to be in a horticultural group and had paid handsomely to attend a big event like the Hardy Plant weekend, I might very well, if my house were halfway through the tour and situated so people could easily access a bathroom, offer up its use.  I have seen this done on many other tours and it does make the day more comfortable for older people.  I would have no problem allowing members of a garden group like the Hardy Plant society to use mine, although I would feel differently about a regular garden tour where anyone could pay $10-20 and get in. I got through the day ok, but Allan saw a woman having to implore being allowed to use a bathroom.  Surely the budget could run to having a sanican on one of the larger estates halfway through.

And if I saw a disabled person who could not access my view deck because of stairs, I would offer him or her a quick way through the house to the deck.  I have seen this done on other garden tours that are for people in a big garden club (not a public $10-20 garden tour, although I would offer up such access to a person with a cane on any tour!)  JUST SAYING.  Members of the study weekend are not going to rob your house.

As for how garden tour guests should treat each other:

If someone is going against the flow, it is probably for a good reason, especially if you see that the person has a cane or other sign of disability.  I did not enjoy the experience of the snobbish man who said to his companion when I passed them, “I see someone is making up her own rules.”  I almost turned back even though I could not do the stairs going the other way.  Nor did I enjoy the woman older than I who cast her eyes to heaven when I passed her going “the wrong way”.  I can tell you for sure that these appeared to be moneyed upper class people.  Rude people.  It’s enough to make a lowly hobbling person give up garden touring for good, were it not that only in Seattle area tours (my home town!) have I run into this, never in Portland or Eugene and certainly not around here.  I am only a Northwest garden tour-er so I cannot speak for other places.

It wore me out.  Upon arriving home, I walked through my garden and I said to it, “I like YOU the very best of all.”

Sunday evening, 8:45 PM: back home:

Getting out of the passenger side of our van: HOME.

the front path

sweet smelling Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’


(Thank you so much to Devery, Jenna (Queen La De Da), and Our Kathleen, who had visited Skooter and Frosty over the five days we were gone.)  Devery watered, Jenna unscrewed a scary hot light bulb on a timer, and Kathleen found the missing Skooter and gave Frosty belly rubs.

Allan’s garden

our new plants

more new plants


back home to campfires

Frosty and Skooter

looking forward to sifting compost

front garden again

I’m going to repaint my poles next weekend!

driveway again

front porch view

a sweet welcome home from Jenna

There is no place like home, when you are lucky enough to have a home like ours.

A garden tour of the near future that is not to be missed:








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Monday, 25 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Monday’s four tour gardens were in the Puyallup area, starting at 9 A.M.  We did not leave the Anderson School till noon because of the wonderful long walk and talk with Riz Reyes, which I would not have missed for any other garden, and for some reason we went north instead of south for a little while and our GPS failed us for about half an hour.  By the time we got to Puyallup on a highway rather than a freeway, it was 2:30 and we decided we to go straight to Old Goat Farm, which closed at 4:00 (as did the four tour gardens).

It was the right choice.  We did not get out of the Old Goat gate until 4 PM, and we did not get into our own driveway until 8:30 PM.

Fortunately, our friend The Outlaw Gardener is a prolific tour-goer and he will take us to vicariously enjoy the gardens that we missed today:

Julie and Ernie’s garden in autumn

Camille and Dirk’s garden and their garden the previous year with photos by the Camille herself.

The third garden, Mick’s, was described as having “many steps on a steep slope.”  I was glad to find that Outlaw had toured it, here.

Our Outlaw friend visited the fourth garden, Scott and Patricia’s, and describes it here.

I am inspired by the way that Peter (Outlaw) incorporated the tour descriptions to go with photos of each garden feature.  I will go to the effort of doing that on future garden tours (if I remember).  Thank you, Peter, for giving us such a good look at the gardens we missed.

And now we will achieve a longtime desire of actually visiting…

Old Goat Farm

Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo, admiring a fern

Allan’s photo



Allan’s photo

so much fun with boxwoods!

I remember now that my parents’ property in Yelm, fairly near to this farm, was full of round rocks.

I went home inspired to re-do my tired old fern table.

Allan’s photo

cardiocrinum giganteum, which I have tried to grow but…snails

approaching civilization

on the other side of a fence

Phlomis (Allan’s photo)


behind the nursery building

making my way around

making my way around the building

Clematis Florida Sieboldii


behind the house

I wanted to pet the dog but it walked away slowly.

the house from the nursery area

the nursery

Allan’s photo

inside the sales building

I turned my attention to plant shopping and stopped taking photos till we were on our way out.

in the nursery shop (Allan’s photo)

Allan explored further and saw areas that I had missed.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

and critters that I had looked for and missed. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

One of the kind owners wheeled a wagon full of plants across the lawn for us.

I was lagging behind and got to give a belly rub.

Goodbye to the wonderful Old Goat Farm.

As we left, it was closing time and another vehicle was arriving.  I think it was June and Jimi Blake, the Irish speakers from the study weekend (but I might be wrong).

If you want to see some Puyallup gardens for yourself, a tour is coming up:

Tomorrow we will return to once a day posts with a final Hardy Plant post of lecture notes and some thoughts about garden tour etiquette and some photos of my favourite garden of all (ours, upon arriving home).

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Monday, 25 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

McMenamins Anderson School with Gardens Manager Riz Reyes

We were surprised to awaken to rain.  At 9 AM, after loading all our traveling possessions into our van to be ready to leave, we walked out into the garden of the Anderson School Hotel for what was listed in the study weekend program as a 20 minute lecture by Gardens Manager Riz Reyes.  I had thought that it could not possibly be a disappointingly short 20 minutes…and I was right.

The weather made for perfect garden touring because it kept all the other guests out of the courtyards.

the route from our room entrance to the meadow garden

Hardy Plant hardy souls and Riz

Allan’s photo

I had not met Riz before and found him a complete delight.  And I am happy to report that the walking and talking lecture was two and a half hours long, not just 20 minutes.  It could have been twice as long as that and I would have enjoyed every minute.  As we walked, we paused and examined pretty much every aspect of the garden which is spread over 5.41 acres of hotel grounds.

Allan’s photo

with Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’ (pretty sure)

Some of us had brollies. Looking at meadow garden from undercover, I was glad Allan and I had packed our raincoats.

meadow garden pavers are reused from part of the old school

in the meadow

Sometimes guests do not understand the meadow and expect a more formal entry garden.  Sillies—it is so wonderful.  It was put together quickly as the hotel was about to open and Riz had to work around a lot of construction.  He will continue to refine it.

We looked at plants along the foundations of the buildings.

hardy schefflera that makes my heart go pitter pat

1. I am numbering some of these photos. Please feel free to use these numbers to help ID the plants that I don’t know. I am assuming this is some sort of allium with these lilies. Or maybe not.

looking across the meadow

We now walked along the street side of the old school.

Riz describes how he cuts back variegated comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’) when it gets tatty looking (my words). This one had been cut back a couple of weeks ago.

He left this one (right) to show what it looks like not cut back.

2. My notes just say “silver oak” about this beautiful tree.

3. Allan took this closeup of the leaves earlier this weekend.  I am not good an IDing a lot of trees but doesn’t look oaky to me.  Help?

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Hypericum ‘Ignite’ in center

a newish allium, ‘Red Mohican’, must have!

Riz defended Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle), which a lot of people (including me sometimes) go off of because it reseeds so much. He uses the flowers in bouquets.

By the way, floral design is another of Riz’s gardening passions and he is renowned for his work.

One of the best features of alchemilla is the way it holds raindrops in its leaves.

Allan’s photo

White Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ on the edges of this corner of the garden.  Riz is showing us Datisca (false hemp).

Allan’s photo

Luma, which I have from Xera Plants. Riz says the berries are edible.

something cool!

Allan’s photo

We walked past the wine cask containers that were outside our room’s corridor; Riz has no prejudice against common annuals like coleus and Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’.

We proceeded up the walkway to the various restaurant courtyards.

chain fern of some sort

Thalictrum ‘Spendid White’

We passed a fragrant rose I had been admiring all weekend.

Rose ‘The Poet’s Wife’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Riz also recommended earlier in the walk the roses called the Kordes series, with names like ‘Easy Does It’.

‘Jude the Obscure’, which I remember Riz saying was his favourite rose.

Pseudopanax ferox at the edge of a courtyard

Wish I still had this! On my list it goes. (Allan’s photo)

Edging to keep people out of the gardens.

Riz had been waiting for this lily to bloom. (Allan’s photo)

Riz botanizing in the wilds of the Anderson School (Allan’s photo)

Jeff Allen is the metal artist, per Allan’s notes.

Stacked recycled concrete is known as urbanite.

ornamental pink-tipped kiwi clambering up bamboo clad posts

Allan’s photo

We walked on to the kitchen garden.  Although it does not produce enough for the everyday use of the restaurant kitchens, it does provide ingredients for banquets and special events.

kitchen garden path

Allan’s photo

The new building, which went up after the garden was planted, has not cast too much shadow.

more construction in the distance

sampling peas planted on netting against a wall

espalier fastening (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

We walked on to the xeriscape garden by the far parking lot.

Allan’s photo (Sesili gummifera, moon carrot, in the foreground)

I learned from Riz that Baptisia won’t flop if grown in dry soil. (Allan’s photo) I am going to try it at the port.

Allan’s photo

The aeoniums get brought in for winter. (Allan’s photo)

Amorpha fruticosa? (with the long flowers)

the furthest reaches of the garden

A couple of us walked down to see this patch of sarracenia.

turns out it was planted in a container of some sort

We walked on to the tropical themed garden around the Lagoon.

Allan’s photo

Container planting in an outdoor dining area (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Alstroemeria ‘Rock and Roll’; Riz thought it was a bit much.

In order to care for the window boxes that hang above the salt water swimming pool enclosure, Riz and his assistant have to set up long ladders in the swimming pool to climb up.

At a little before 11:30, the lecture was over and Allan and I got coffees to go in the hotel store.

On the way to our van, we passed by the wheelbarrow where Riz was getting ready to plant his acquisitions from the study weekend plant sales.

I had especially enjoyed the parts of the talk about the trials of public gardening: plants that get stood upon or broken when folks walk into the garden to take photos of themselves among the flowers, special plants from his own collection that get damaged…and on top of that, the garden has rabbits.

And I liked what brings him joy in his work: The pleasure of having knowledge, “the effect of plants on people”, and the satisfaction of making a career in plants and flowers after being that little kid picked on for wearing flowers in his hair.

You can see many more photos of the Anderson School garden in our two other posts of this weekend, here and here.  And in two excellent posts by Danger Garden, a more knowledgeable plantswoman than I, starting here.

I have absolutely no idea what Allan’s closing photo from Anderson School is.  Perhaps he can enlighten us.

Jeff Allen, the metal artist, soldered together fancy plumbing for some of the restrooms (that the women didn’t see).

I thought so!





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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

We skipped the next garden, the garden of John Wott, because of this in the description (and because Alison had toured in not long before): “This garden is not ADA accessible and will require entrance via steep stone steps.” We would not have time to see all of the gardens anyway, and the one I wanted most to see was the last one, not this one….although it did sound excellent because “the plants were largely selected by Dan Hinkley.”  You can read about the garden here in the Outlaw Gardener’s blog post, which does show the steps (steep and uneven but with a railing).  I am sure the homeowner must have another way in…Does he really carry his groceries and furniture up those steps? And plants and soil? I do wonder.

We next visited two gardens right next door to each other, always an ideal situation that I have wanted, but time is short if there is any chance I might get it in this lifetime.

Kim’s garden


Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

back garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

big metal boxes by back porch

Allan’s photo

Look, a refrigerator!

My wee summerhouse would be set up for couch reading also.

further along

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The garden is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.

the other side of the house

I’ve loved these big troughs ever since seeing them used in Eugene gardens in 2008.  A decade has passed and I still have not acquired any.  They are kind of pricey.  And yet I spent the equivalent amount on other things…

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the side garden; I like this very much.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

We then walked along the sidewalk to the next door garden.

Ryan and Ahna’s garden

-ney included nandinas, heucheras, and euphorbias. Japanese blood grass, black-eyed Susan, and Concord barberry add pops of color.”

Allan’s photo

no railings

I went back out and in the lower gate.

shed with butterfly roof

By where we parked, I asked Allan to take a photo of this gate:

The garden I most wanted to see was the last one of the day; it was just eight blocks south and four blocks east of the house I grew up in (my parents’ house, not my grandma’s house).  However, Alison was concerned that her vehicle was overheating so we went back to the hotel instead.  Lesson learned: Like going to the Withey Price garden first on Sunday, always go to the one you most want to see first.  I used to walk so extensively and restlessly around the parental home’s surrounding blocks that I must have walked by the last house of the tour many times as a teenager.

Here is the description:

Fortunately, you and I can see it twice second hand on the Outlaw Gardener blog, right here and here.  This garden had so many of just the sort of thing I love that I think it would have taken first place as my favourite private garden, so be sure to tour it vicariously through Peter’s post.

I do not think I will go to Seattle again so I am grateful for the virtual tour.  What’s more, here is some history of their two gardens, before they lived together.

When we got back to the hotel after touring, Alison had decided to drive home later in the evening after her car cooled down.  I actually considered, despite traffic phobia, that Allan and I might have time to hop in our van and drive back to the last tour garden before it closed.  Phobia won, and we might not have made it in time anyway.

The idea of leaving for home and skipping the Monday tours was so tempting, but two things kept me there.  I wanted to attend the guided tour of the Anderson School gardens the next morning, tour at least two of the Puyallup open gardens, and I wanted to go to Old Goat Farm nursery on the way back home.






























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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Geometry in Motion Garden

approaching the garden

At the neighbours’, where a real estate open house was in session, lemonade was for sale under an umbrella.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

small lawn in front garden

bright front porch

front garden


many tour guests

In walking along the easy path on one side of the house, I was amused by the window wells.

approaching the back garden

the water feature and its reflections

at one end of the water feature


The pot of sarracenia floated freely in the water.

garden admiration

back porch

back wall of house

at the back of the garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I enjoyed the next set of window wells on the way out.

plants to enjoy from a basement room

more supplicating hands

a narrow, level path and dappled light

plants tucked in wherever possible

Now for some more exploration of the front garden, while most of the tour guests have gone to the back.

Before going to the next garden, I admired the house across the street:

I like the windows.


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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Jorgenson Garden

We now come to my favourite private garden of all those we toured on the  2018 Hardy Plant tour days.

Ah…just the sort of garden I like best.

treasures in the parking strip

rose and more next to the driveway

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

front steps

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

It was hard to get photos in the extremely bright afternoon sun, but trust me, the front slope was full of just the sort of plants I like.

Allan’s photo

happy me just stood here for awhile

If only I had one (or more) of each.

People were doting on the very aromatic Salvia clevelandii, smells so good

I finally left the sidewalk and went up the stairs to the front porch area…

And decided to go around the other way rather than go down these steps (which were not difficult, but still…)

I empathize with the man with a cane going down very carefully. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I had had some rude responses in other gardens when I politely bucked the flow to go the way that was easiest for me.  More on this in the post with which I will conclude this tour sequence!  Here, there were no problems as I entered the back garden by the “wrong way”.

hardy schefflera in the back garden

a small garden packed with fascination for me

packed with tour guests also

Allan’s photo

I was in a tizzy over this, a gomphrena, yes?, little bitty and I want it!!

Rambling Rosa banksiae way up a tree caused a sensation with tour guests.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Lady Banks rose is thornless. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photos; I totally missed this part.

soothing shady sit spot

Coming around the side of the house…I had been well aware all day that it was Pride Day in Seattle.  It would have been great to be able to be in two places at once and go to the big parade, which I had attended so many times in its early days.  It was good to see the flag in this garden.

with lilies in bud

looking back at the lawn

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

through the gate to the front garden

Allan’s photo

O how I wish I could grow eremerus at home…they seem to need more heat than I can provide…..or something.

Lobelia tupa

I have occasionally had success with this plant but never managed to get it through the winter.

a new batch of tour guests in for a treat

I like what I like and that garden is just what I like.  And I like to see small gardens; I tire quickly of grand estates.

See more at the Facebook page of Jorgensen’s garden design company.




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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Tong Garden, Seattle

A host was giving out bottles of water under the white tent.

easy access via the driveway

around to the back garden. The green lawn is an adjacent golf course.

a glorious sun room to the left

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I love Little and Lewis.  We toured their former garden years ago.

dripping columns

Little and Lewis columns, a dream of mine to have this

Allan’s photo: I hope he was figuring out how to make something like this!

from all angles

Everyone’s photos involved a lot of waiting for other tour guests to leave the side of the water feature.

On the terrace overlooking the Little and Lewis columns:

just around the corner

Allan’s photo, nicely trimmed and thus fresh-looking salal

Back to the terrace view: I love this sort of thing.

Allan’s photo

exploring the shady side

looking from the shady end of the garden into the bright sun

Event speakers Jimi and June Blake from Ireland

the sun room

Next, we enjoyed the front garden.

Allan’s photo

Little and Lewis pool…

I think that is Mount Rainier on the horizon.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

one more look

I could have happily lingered much longer in this small but so satisfying garden.

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Sandy and Sterling’s Garden, Seattle

That is Lake Washington in the distance.

See where that woman is casually standing? That spot was open to a drop-off and, to me with cane and brace, the gravel slope was slippery and unstable.  I would have put a railing along the house…for someone like me.  Afraid of slipping in a way that would make it hard to work next week, I retreated to the shade of the very front of the porch.  This little front courtyard (not accessible to tour-goers) had a shallow reflecting pool that was attracting much attention from others who had stepped onto the porch out of the hot sun.

The docent demonstrated how the panels, created by the owners’ son (as I remember) could be adjusted for different light.

Ten steps through the open door of the house was the deck with a view.  I have some thoughts about semi-disabled garden touring at this point, one being that two days of garden touring had been physically harder than two weeks of working.  More on this in my concluding post about this tour weekend.

The next garden was said to be two blocks away so I decided to walk there while Allan and Alison toured the back garden and deck.

Here is Allan’s walk through this garden:

This was no problem for normal people. (My words, not Allan’s)

back garden

Below were our seminar speakers from Ireland, June and Jimi Blake.

Jimi and the cool water.

and June.

returning to the front garden

a tour guest with a smart shade umbrella: onward!



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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Saturday evening soiree at McMenamins Anderson School Hotel

The soiree took place in a large room, with dinner provided and with Ciscoe Morris as the MC.

Ciscoe (Allan’s photo)

a contest for best garden hat

and most colourful outfit (Allan’s photo)

later, in the courtyard outside the dining room

Afterward, we walked with Alison and with Jean (from Portland) all around the glorious Anderson School gardens (created by Riz Reyes).

stairs from one courtyard to another

Allan’s photo

courtyard wall made of “urbanite”

Allan’s photo

in a restaurant courtyard

dog friendly outdoor dining

flaming post thingie, one of several


the meadow garden by the hotel’s main entrance (Allan’s photo)

I love all aspects of this meadow.

So we are looking at it from many angles!

Note the flaming torch and the late evening sun highlighting a tree.

We finally walked toward the gardens by the most distant parking area.

Seseli gummiferum (moon carrot)

Alison, Jean, and me

Allan’s photo

We all wanted to know what this is.

more moon carrot

Seseli gummiferum, with which I am obsessed.

A balloon floated overhead.

Allan’s photo

We walked past the meadow garden again:

I am going to try to grow Echinacea pallida from seed.

We then walked along the front of the building.  I expect that only the CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts) are still with us.    I am pretty sure that Danger Garden is still with us, because she blogged about this garden before.

We later learned that the path you can see below is a guest-made path, a place where the guests cut through.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

monarda (Allan’s photo)

I do hope you will want to see more of this garden when we tour it again in the rain on Monday morning with its creator, Riz Reyes.

Time to rest up for another day of garden touring, this time in north Seattle.


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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Randi’s Garden

Earlier today, we had been to Stacie Crooks’ own beautiful garden, so we were pleased to see another designed by her.

up the long driveway

partway up, a bocce ball court with artificial turf

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

not afraid to use a tree in front of part of the lower view; good privacy for bocce court

steps up the hill from the bocce ball level

the front terrace (with usual digicam distortion)

Allan’s photo

Allan taking in the view

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Returning to the driveway, we attained the upper level behind the house.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

delicious shade and lemonade; it was a hot day.


stewartia in bloom

pizza oven and friendly hosts

another garden host (Allan’s photo)