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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

The last garden of the tour…approximately garden number 20 or 21? I’ve lost count!…was one of my favourites.  (My other favourites were Froggwell, Hummingbird Hill, and the Tucker garden and the Galicic garden.)  All of my favourites are busy rather than completely serene, green gardens.  It’s a matter of personal taste.

We leave the Steen garden and walk past just two or three houses, admiring the extra wide parking strip.

We leave the previous garden and walk past just two or three houses, admiring the extra wide parking strip.

We leave the previous garden and walk past just two or three houses, admiring the extra wide parking strip.

looking down the block toward Jon's garden

looking down the block toward Jon’s garden

Jon Dove’s garden

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This luscious parking strip bed announced that we had arrived.

This luscious parking strip bed announced that we had arrived.

looking back along the sidewalk

looking back along the sidewalk

the enviably extra wide parking strip

the enviably extra wide parking strip

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the house

the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the front walk

the front walk

Allan's photo: front porch

Allan’s photo: front porch

narrow side yard

narrow, leafy side yard

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

hazed out purple Clematis

hazed out purple Clematis

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the back garden

into the back garden

Jon his very self

Jon his very self

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the corner, a tiny cottage

in the corner, a tiny cottage

I was immediately drawn into the small building in the back corner of the garden.

I was immediately drawn into the small building in the back corner of the garden.

This tiny cottage is what popped this garden up into my top five favourites of the tour.

This tiny cottage is what popped this garden up into my top five favourites of the tour.

mirror over daybed

mirror over daybed

and old books!

and old books!

in the corner, a cabinet of little houses

in the corner, a cabinet of little houses

view out the front windows

view out the front windows

overhead

overhead

looking out the side

looking out to the side porch

rabbit with carrot laptop

rabbit with carrot laptop

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; Jon’s mother had contributed this

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view over the rabbit's head

view over the rabbit’s head

beside the retreat

beside the retreat

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the back corner

in the back corner

On the other side of the fence was a parking lot and some sort of offices or warehouse.

a hideway from the city

a hideaway from the city

the back wall of the house

the back wall of the house

second story balcony

second story balcony

and out the front walkway

and out the front walkway

in the parking strip garden

in the front garden

Allan's photo:  You can just glimpse the commercial/industrial building to the left of and behind Jon's house.

Allan’s photo: I think that you can just glimpse the commercial/industrial building to the left of and behind Jon’s house.

Jon's parking strip from across the street

Jon’s parking strip from across the street

What a paradise!

What a paradise!

For more on Jon Dove’s garden, see this article by Valerie Easton.

Jon is instrumental in organizing the Georgetown Garden Walk.  I’d love to go back, but have another gardening event to attend that very weekend.

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I found a blog entry here with more photos of Jon’s garden.

For more about the study weekend garden tours, see:

Bonney Lassie’s overview of all the agaves and other popular plants, and her post about several of the gardens, which includes links to others’ blog posts on the subject.



 

Georgetown postscript

Just down the block from Jon's garden, on a lawn; I believe the hedge hides a commercial parking lot.

Just down the block from Jon’s garden, on a lawn; I believe the hedge hides a commercial parking lot.

I would really enjoy living in this neighbourhood, despite the planes flying low overhead.

I would really enjoy living in this neighbourhood, despite the planes flying low overhead.

the door even has its own code

the door even has its own code

Allan's photo of me nosing around across the street from Jon's garden

Allan’s photo of me nosing around across the street from Jon’s garden

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across the street, more wide parking strips

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peace sign mailbox

rustic gazebo in the peace sign garden

rustic gazebo in the peace sign garden (fence festooned with bindweed)

another house across the street

another house across the street

I like the way the chainlink fence is softened with wood.

I like the way the chainlink fence is softened with wood.

I feel like a lot of soulmates live in this block.

I feel like a lot of soulmates live in this block.

further down, a set of townhouses

further down, a set of townhouses

softened with Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' (if that is what it is, must note that mind could get big!)

softened with Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ (if that is what it is, must note that mine could get big!)

Someone's big stand of Euphorbia

Someone’s big stand of Euphorbia

a lively door

a lively door

a coop for city chickens

a coop for city chickens

parking strip by the chicken coop house

parking strip by the chicken coop house

with list of bee friendly plants

with list of bee friendly plants

and a little free library

and a little free library

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With that, we left Georgetown (where I could have browsed for well more than a day) and headed for the West Seattle ferry and home.  The Northwest Perennial Alliance had outdone themselves with fabulous study weekend garden tours.  If you live in the Seattle area and join them, you will find out about all sorts of garden tours that they offer all season long.

Next: the road home and my plant bounty

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