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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.

flowers

stewartia in bloom

pizza oven and friendly hosts

another garden host (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

tour guests enjoying superb pizza with roasted corn as one of the ingredients.

Walking back down the driveway, I noticed the salal which had been clipped back to make fresh new growth and which was well contained by concrete.

on the way back down

There was one more garden available to tour today.  Alison and Allan and I had all been there in 2014.  Even though the program promised a new tea house had been added since then, we skipped it because of time and because of its lack of accessibility (100 railing-less steps).  It is a fascinating garden.  You can read about our previous visit right here.

We were eager to get back to the hotel for the Saturday evening soiree, next.

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program:  Painted Lady Lavender Farm:  Whimsey abounds as you enter this gorgeous cultivated canyon, revealed at the end of a woodsy driveway. After being inspired by a visit to France 20 years ago, the owners decided to farm lavender on this undulating acreage. The terraced hillside holds four lavender fields, vegetables, perennials, a tree house, two charming cottages, chicken and quail coops and a bocce court. The valley floor of the farm holds a cafe, many seating areas, a stage, a store selling lavender products, garden rooms and a fountain. Wrought iron furniture and gates were made by the owner’s son Wade. Daughter Sherri will be on hand to lead tours through this paradise.

I’ve written about this garden before, and for a more organized photo tour of the garden, you could read this.  For garden tour day, I’d like to just share the impression of wandering through the garden.

Sheila and Debbie and Allan and I arrived at the farm with the foreknowledge that guided tours were being insisted upon; however, by invoking the fact that we had with us professional photographer Debbie Teashon, who has had photos in Fine Gardening and other famous magazines, and who needed to wander at will, and by reminding tour guide Sherri that I knew the gardens and its paths well and promising to keep my guests safe, we were given permission  to wander at will.

First we went up the hill behind the house to the fragrant stands of lavender.

First we went up the hill behind the house to the fragrant stands of lavender.

Sheila and Allan and I enjoyed the sights and smells while Debbie photographed this and that.

shade and sun

shade and sun

lavender

mural on back of house by "Painted Lady" Susan Wallace

mural on back of house by “Painted Lady” Susan Wallace

mural

Sheila taking a photo

Sheila taking a photo

A bit uphill from the back of the house is a gift shop with lavender items and antiques.

gift shop

gift shop

inside the gift shop with furniture painted by Susan

inside the gift shop with furniture painted by Susan

rose behind the main house

rose behind the main house

deck of the main house

deck of the main house

view from the deck

view from the deck

As we were enjoying the views from this area, a guided tour went by, crossed the field and went back down the hill.

tour

tour

tour being guided by Sherry

tour being guided by Sherri

Sherri was explaining all the different kinds of lavender and other herbs, but we were glad to be on our own rather than being guided because we are very stubborn independent minded.

tour group

tour group

We were able to go further up the hill to a delightful guest cottage.

 cottage at the very top of the hill

cottage at the very top of the hill
Sheila is enchanted.

Sheila is enchanted.

I am enchanted all over again.

I am enchanted all over again.
dreamy inside

dreamy inside

nearby, an outdoor tub

nearby, an outdoor tub

sink and tub

sink and tub

behind the tub wall

behind the tub wall

looking over wall to the cottage

looking over wall to the cottage

I knew of the stairs down to the back of the main house.

I knew of the stairs down to the back of the main house.

smoke rising from the outdoor kitchen

smoke rising from the outdoor kitchen

the chimney of the big pizza oven

the chimney of the big pizza oven

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen dining room (same room as the big oven)

outdoor kitchen dining room (same room as the big oven)

dining

in the dining area

in the dining area

The farm is “off the grid” with any electricity powered by a generator and water supplied by a well.

more of the "summer kitchen"

more of the “summer kitchen”

summer kitchen

summer kitchen

kitchen

I remember reading a novel about farm life where the family had an indoor kitchen for the winter and a roofed outdoor kitchen for the summer.  It is an excellent idea, especially with the partial walls that provide windbreaks and shelter from any rain.

another tour departs from the main house patio

another tour departs from the main house patio

by the outdoor kitchen

by the outdoor kitchen

in the background: belly dancers

in the background: belly dancers

Belly dancing is a big part of the Lavender Farm lifestyle these days.  You can read more that here.  (They are having another Beach Bellydance Festival this year on August 10th and 11th.)

dancers

dancers

A dog inside the main house looks like Jo Fitzsimmon's Coco.

A dog inside the main house looks like Jo Fitzsimmon’s Coco.

kitchen

By now we had reunited with our friend Kathleen Shaw, who had been touring from north to south while we went south to north and then back south again.

Kathleen Shaw's photo of the main house patio

Kathleen Shaw’s photo of the main house patio

patio pond

patio pond

We can just see Kathleen next to the statue in the photo below:

a glimpse of a friend

a glimpse of a friend

Our friend Jenay, who lives just up the road from the farm, was there as well.

Allan and Jenay

Allan and Jenay

She had been stationed at the entrance but as the tour hours drew to a close, she could not resist joining the dancers.

stage

dancers

dancers

dancers

to the right, in black, “Painted Lady” Susan Wallace

Susan, the Painted Lady

Susan, the Painted Lady

Susan’s decorative floral painting can be seen on buildings around the Peninsula; her mural of flying kites is on the outside wall of the Payson Hall clubhouse at Andersen’s RV Park.

Jenay

Jenay

dancers

dancers (daughter and mother)

dancer

As the dancing continued, we explored the gardens around the house.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

shed near the outdoor kitchen

shed near the outdoor kitchen

fix it supplies in the window

fix it supplies in the window

just uphill: the chicken coop

just uphill: the chicken coop

another little cottage

another little cottage

peeking in a window

peeking in a window

window

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

woodsy

secret garden

secret garden

inside the secret garden

inside the secret garden

Sheila exploring

Sheila exploring

looking back at the stage

looking back at the stage

picket

an old well

an old well

Sheila and Sherri contemplating the well

Sheila and Sherri contemplating the well

the height of the water table inside the well

the height of the water table inside the well

a resident of the old well

a resident of the old well

frog

frog

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Jenay and Kathleen Shaw

Jenay and Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen is amazing for the connections she has made as a vacationer here on the Peninsula.  We so look forward to her moving here someday.  The sooner the better!

Jenay by the main house

Jenay by the main house

upstairs window, photo by Kathleen Shaw

upstairs window, photo by Kathleen Shaw

gift booth by entrance

gift booth by entrance

lavender

by the entrance

by the entrance

by the driveway

by the driveway

The five of us (Kathleen, Allan, Debbie, Sheila, and I) walked back to our cars in a happy mood, went back to our house and all sat around for awhile discussing the tour and then went out for a delicious meal at the Depot Restaurant.  Depot owner Nancy Gorshe was beaming because she had so much fun hosting tour guests at her mother’s garden.  Our three friends from out of town were pleased with Chef Michael’s sulbimel food.  (It was not a new experience for Kathleen, a frequent visitor to and future resident of the Peninsula.)

And our touring was not over, because on Sunday we all had plans to tour several more gardens on a private tour day of our own.

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