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July 13, 2013.  The tour benefits the Lower Columbia Preservation Society.

Patrick and KC McGee Garden

from the program, garden one of six, the garden of Patrick and KC McGee:  Old Victorian Garden Beauty:  One century ago a landslide took this charming 1895 Queen Ann for a ride down 34th along with the two homes below it.  Repositioned on a serious foundation and turned to face 34th,  the resulting rough tiers of bleak weed-covered soil have, in the last twelve years, been transformed into verdant usable terraces for outdoor living.  And in their spare time the McGees have completely restored the house.  Over 100-year-old heirloom roses brought to Uppertown from Eastern Oregon over 80 years ago line the fence and cover arbours.  Graceful beds include hebe, geraniums, peonies, bleeding hearts, burning bush, curly willow, African and Shasta daisies, and Oregon grape, our state flower.  Meander by exotic palms, horseradish, ornamental bamboo and quince, which complement lush flowering hydrangea, poppies, dahlias, sweet peas and daylilies.  On the lower level near a new sunny vegetable bed, a cozy corner deck nestles beside a soothing waterfall.

McGee house

McGee house

approaching

approaching

entry

entry

porch and front door

porch and front door

lace curtain window

lace curtain window

front garden.  Allan deduced a cat lives here.

front garden. Allan deduced a cat lives here.

at the NE corner of the house

at the NE corner of the house

Allan was quite taken with the Ligularia.

Allan was quite taken with the Ligularia.
going around the corner

going around the corner

looking downhill...I think that was the neighbours' fence

looking downhill…I think that was the neighbours’ fence

patio on north side of house

patio on north side of house

Allan commented that the wall fountain appeared to be self contained.

Allan commented that the wall fountain appeared to be self contained.

his photo of the fountain

his photo of the fountain

charming signs as one leaves the patio

charming signs as one leaves the patio

steps going down were too steep for dizzy me.

steps going down were too steep for dizzy me.

this is the way I see steep stairs!

this is the way I see steep stairs!

They led to this sheltered corner.

They led to this sheltered corner.
by those stairs: a topiary bird

by those stairs: a topiary bird

a look back at the morning tea garden

a look back at the morning tea garden

a mysterious path to the south

a mysterious path to the south

I wonder if that led to the work area?  My friend and sister garden tourist Sheila and I always like to see the working areas!

An arbour leads to another patio on the west side...

An arbour leads to another patio on the west side…

looking back to the steps doing down and the path to tea garden patio

looking back to the steps doing down and the path to tea garden patio

on the west wall of the house

on the west wall of the house

rose at edge of west patio

rose at edge of west patio

looking from west patio down to a lower terrace

looking from west patio down to a lower terrace

There were some easier stairs to get down there.  Allan took an interesting view of the other stairs.  I admire the agility of the gardeners!

looking up the stairs

looking up the stairs

the gardener tending tomatoes on the lower terrace

the gardener tending her veg garden on the lower terrace

heron fountain

looking up

heron fountain

heron fountain

back to the sidewalk, south side of house

back to the sidewalk, south side of house

dahlias

dahlias

daisies and a bench by sidewalk

daisies and a bench by sidewalk

south wall of porch

south wall of porch

After I posted this blog entry, the owners sent me this photo of how the house and landscape looked when they acquired it in 200!

before...2000...photo courtesy Patrick McGee

before…2000…photo courtesy Patrick McGee

What makes the garden especially impressive to me is that I know what hard work it is to garden on different levels, and as I told Patrick, I got lazy after sixteen years on a garden with stairs and levels and moved to my completely level garden in 2010!  Think about it:  Soil amendments and plants have to be bucketed up and down the stairs.

Intermission

We must use the address of the McGee garden to take the drive between it and the next garden again as there were some beautiful houses and gardens along the route.  I was a bit flummoxed by the narrow curving hillside road in terms of stopping to take a photo.  We need to park and walk it sometime later this summer.  It was most photogenic!

As we approached the neighbourhood of the next garden, we passed a steep hillside house whose garden had been an intermission feature on the tour some years before.  We were worried about time so did not park and look closely, but I could tell the garden had much matured and took two from the car photos to study later.

house with curbside garden

house with curbside garden

I remember he had lovely polished stones in a dry creekbed along the street.

How it has grown!

How it has grown!

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