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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools.

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 6: Rita and Ken’s Garden

The landscaping on Rita and Ken’s property, located on a ridge between Nahcotta and Oysterville, surrounds a lodge-like home.  The front gardens and meditation alcove and upper pond are connected by a cascading stream to a lower pond, home to fish and frogs. The courtyard, deck and gazebo overlooking  Willapa Bay will invite you to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the view.  

We parked in a field by the road and walked up the long driveway.

We parked in a field by the road and walked up the long driveway.  (Allan’s photo)

driveway circle garden

driveway circle garden

welcome

driveway circle garden

driveway circle garden (Allan’s photo)

island

bark

Allan’s photo

circle

storage shed and potting shed

storage shed and potting shed

the back of the driveway bed, looking west (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

the back of the driveway bed, looking west (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw, with one of the original signs for Clarke Nursery.

Shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw, with one of the original signs for Clarke Nursery.

Clarke Nursery may sound familiar to regular readers; it was on the properties now owned by Ron Barclay and Steve and John.  All longtime gardeners on the Peninsula have fond memories of it.

potting shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

potting shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

turning south, walking toward the front (west side) of the house.

turning south, walking toward the front (west side) of the house.

I digress to take a path going west into the woods.

I digress to take a path going west into the woods.

The woodland paths have been extended and refined by local gardener Sara Zaga.

The woodland paths have been extended and refined by local gardener Sara Zaga.

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I turned back here, lacking time and a walking stick for balance.  The destination of the enticing paths must remain a mystery.

I turned back here, lacking time and a walking stick for balance. The destination of the enticing paths must remain a mystery.

looking east toward the potting shed from the woods

looking east toward the potting shed from the woods

tour guests in the front garden; to their right is the newly created meditation alcove.

tour guests in the front garden; to their right is the newly created meditation alcove.

meditation alcove

meditation alcove

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

front garden with Acanthus mollis

front garden with Acanthus mollis

front garden and house

front garden and house (Allan’s photo)

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Rita and Ken built this wall.  The white signs said which year each area had been created.

Rita and Ken built this wall. The white signs said which year each area had been created.

west side of house. from below the rock wall in previous photo

west side of house. from below the rock wall in previous photo

Rita plants up all her own containers and baskets with plants from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Rita plants up all her own containers and baskets with plants from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

upper pond at south end of the lawn

upper pond at south end of the lawn, the start of one of my favourite water features ever

upper pond

upper pond (Allan’s photo)

bench and garden mirror that reflects leaves and sky

by the upper pond: bench and garden mirror that reflects leaves and sky

fire pit seating on south side of house

fire pit seating on south side of house

stream emerging from upper pond

stream emerging from upper pond: Rita and Ken built this water feature.

This recirculating stream is my favourite thing here; I would love to have this in my garden (but my present garden is too flat for it to seem real).

This recirculating stream is my favourite thing here; I would love to have this in my garden (but my present garden is too flat for it to seem real).

coming around the corner of the house

coming around the SE corner of the house

looking down at the lower pond, into which the stream falls.

looking down at the lower pond, into which the stream falls.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

the deck

the deck

Acustica World Music, from Astoria, was playing from the gazebo.

Acústica World Music, from Astoria, was playing from the gazebo.

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photo by Kathleen Shaw

Acústica World Music

Acústica World Music; They probably liked it up there in their own world.

Acústica 2

Rainyside’s Debbie Teashon made this video featuring a song by Acustica while she was at Rita’s garden (at a different time of tour day from us).

I had the problem of not being able to get down to the deck because of stairs with no railings.  However, because Allan and I had weeded here one summer years ago (before we started cutting back on private garden jobs), I knew another way down.

alternate route: across the lawn and around the north end of the deck.

alternate route: across the lawn and around the north end of the deck.

and next to this little patio...

and next to this little patio…

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...there is a path around to the deck level.

…there is a path around to the deck level.

north side of house, below the potting shed

north side of house, below the potting shed

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Bob Duke well shows my path around to the deck level.

photo by Bob Duke well shows my path around to the deck level.

the deck, pretour photo by Bob Duke

the deck, pretour photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

our friend Shelly of Flowering Hedge Designs helped with the flower planting by the deck and patio.  Photo by Shelly Hedges.

our friend Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design helped with the flower planting by the deck and patio. Photo by Shelly Hedges.

dahlias, photo by Shelly Hedges

dahlias, photo by Shelly Hedges

the deck

the deck

view from the deck

view from the deck

I saw Our Kathleen sitting by the pond and joined her.

I saw Our Kathleen sitting by the pond and joined her.

pond

I especially like the way the deck is right over one side of the pond.

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one of the nicest little garden ponds around; imagine the splashing of the waterfall.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw; we were told that Rita had made the mosaic sign.

the frog in question (spotted by Kathleen)

the frog in question (spotted by Kathleen)

lower pond wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

lower pond wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hydrangeas, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hydrangeas, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Shelly Hedges

photo by Shelly Hedges

mosaic bench by Renee O'Connor, photo by Kathleen Shaw

mosaic bench by Renee O’Connor, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

the stairs from lawn path to deck patio

the stairs from lawn path to deck patio

Railing-less stairs flummox me with dizziness and uncoordination.  I think there were refreshments up on the upper deck, but for me, they might as well have been up a rickety ladder.    (Our Kathleen said that as soon as she saw the stairs, she knew I would have a problem.)

pretty but impassible to me without a railing

pretty but impassible to me without a railing

I was reminded of that garden in Portland where I sent Allan up the railingless steps to take photos of cool collectible plants on the deck.  This time, I could not find him to see if I could get him to bring me some water or food. We had no phone signal, but fortunately I found him eventually when he came down to the deck level.  By then, we had to move on to see the last two gardens (and one non-garden).  Because I was feeling flustered and frustrated, I am sorry to say that I did not take as many photos of the flowers as I otherwise would have.  This garden was a favourite of many people, so I feel I “let down the side”.  Being unable to preview the garden for “sneak peek” photos also means I have fewer photos to work with here.

steps to house deck, lined with flowers on both sides

steps

I’ve fallen down almost every set of steps everywhere I’ve lived, so accessibility in a garden is something that I think about.

Allan's photo when he finally found us.

Allan’s photo when he finally found us.

Kathleen was heading out in reverse order from us, so we would not see her again until our post-tour dinner at The Depot.  Her camera battery had died; I lent her the camera known as Spot so that she could keep taking photos.  Garden Tour Nancy had just arrived, but I was on a quest for a drink of water and toddled back down to the parking field as fast as I could.

Next two posts: one of my favourite gardening situations, two gardening neighbours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for Water Music Festival

Goelz Garden

photo 2

We had driven right by this garden many times without realizing what a beautiful landscape is  there.  The Goelzes do all the work themselves and have created a peaceful, spacious space for wandering and entertaining.

as one enters through the front gate

as one enters through the front gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a sign on the porch

a sign on the porch

around the side of the house

around the north side of the house

north side garden bed

north side garden bed

looking due north to a long pergola

looking due north to a long pergola

dahlias along the pergola

dahlias along the pergola

pergola4

pergola3

To the north of the pergola, a Eucalyptus grove leans gracefully over the music tent.

To the north of the pergola, a Eucalyptus grove leans gracefully over the music tent.

When Nancy and I pre-toured the garden, we were told that one or more of the eucalyptus trees had fallen in a winter windstorm years ago and then had regrown from the base.

The music at the Goelz garden was performed by the Mozart Chicks.

music

“The Mozart Chicks started as a duo and multiplied into a trio, then a quartet, and finally a quintet over the past 12 years.  They all live on Long Beach Peninsula and each has her foot in various other musical groups as well as other pursuits.

Their instrumentation is an unusual one, but Hannelore Morgan, the group archivist, has managed to find some wonderful arrangements of pieces that span many musical periods. “

mozart

 

chicks

Tootlers make me think of my favourite blog, the Tootlepedal blog.

Tootlers make me think of my favourite blog, the Tootlepedal blog.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view east from the musicians' tent

view east from the musicians’ tent

seating area at the east end of the lawn

seating area at the east end of the lawn

Allan's photo, looking back toward house and music tent

Allan’s photo, looking back toward house and music tent

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a fort at the east end seating area

a fort at the east end seating area (Allan’s photo)

I saw local writer Sydney Stevens and her husband strolling toward the musician’s tent across the lawn.

sydney

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo from one of the island beds

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view

looking east-ish

island beds in a vast lawn

island beds in a vast lawn

looking south below the house

looking south below the house

The natural pond lies to the east of the house.

The natural pond lies to the east of the house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

That's Allan taking a photo.

That’s Allan taking a photo.

goelz

with a viewing dock on its west side.

with a viewing dock on its west side.

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The pond is a natural one and its water level falls over the course of the summer.

bridge

The little island is what makes this pond the best I’ve seen on the peninsula.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

sland5

island

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

island2

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

island3

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The pond is encircled by a walking path.

The pond is encircled by a walking path…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

..and the pond has landscaping and seating all around.

..and the pond has landscaping and seating all around.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

chair

looking toward the bridge from the back of the pond

looking toward the bridge from the back of the pond

pond4

 

ond6

 

Allan's photo: When we returned to this garden in the afternoon, we were pleased to encounter Prissy from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.

Allan’s photo: We were pleased to encounter Prissy from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart. (Prissy and me, in the distance, discussing plants.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo during his stroll all the way around the pond.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: garden detailing all the way around

Allan’s photo: garden detailing all the way around

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, coming around the south side of the pond

Allan's photo of bird sculptures made of river rocks

Allan’s photo of bird sculptures made of river rocks

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo.  (He walked the pond path while I was busy chatting with Prissy.)

Allan’s photo. (He had walked the pond path while I was busy chatting with Prissy.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the south side of the garden between the house and the pond, the owners had created a garden area especially for their daughter’s wedding.

with a fire circle

with a fire circle

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tree

 

and water features in the area where the wedding was held.

and water features in the area where the wedding was held.

a waterfall

a waterfall

with stream

with recirculating stream

leading to a fountain

leading to a fountain

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Note that there absolutely no liner showing under the rocks; I admired that very much when Nancy and I pre-toured the garden.

tree2

Around the south side of the house, with some shade from tall trees, a bank of hostas.

Around the south side of the house, with some shade from tall trees, a bank of hostas.

the back steps

the back steps

and here we go out the gate..

And here we go out the gate and on to the next garden.

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program: Laura Deemer is a passionate gardener who never has trouble finding time to work in her yard. As you enter through a gated archway you will be greeted by a cottage garden in small raised beds. Circling the property to explore the many planted areas and shady retreats you will find specimen trees, original metal garden art by husband Don, a quirky mix of mounted birdhouses and a gazebo perfectly suited for music in the garden. A pond built by Don and Laura is fed by a small recirculating stream.

The Deemer garden was discovered by tour organizer Nancy Allen when she was going down a tiny local road looking for an estate sale. She knew by peeking into the garden that something good was going on there, so she introduced herself and asked Laura if she would like to be on the tour. Nancy and I visited the garden again about a week later and were both impressed with Don and Laura’s garden artistry. Happily, Laura did agree to open her garden for tour day. (Again, because I did not photograph every last thing on tour day, I have included some photos I took of details on the two occasions that I visited the gardens before the tour.)

roadside fence

roadside fence

From the driveway, the main garden has two entries, one, below, leading to the front porch. The Deemers extensively remodeled their home and added decks over the years.

entry, looking south

entry, looking south, with garden tour guest

Entering through the gate above, you will see garden beds on your right.

entering

entering

Kathleen Sayce got a good angle on the symmetrical flower beds.

Kathleen Sayce got a good angle on the symmetrical flower beds.

looking southwest

looking southwest

Another gate leads you below the flower beds, and that is the one we entered through on tour day.

looking south from the other gate on a pre-tour visit

looking south from the other gate on a pre-tour visit

barberryNow the flower beds are to our left, and on tour day, Laura had put out informative signage about her favourite plants.

Geranium

Geranium psilostemon

This is information that I did not know!

This is information that I did not know!

My friends were especially smitten with the Deemers’ artisitic birdhouse posts. Laura told me she had made this one since my previous visit which had only been a couple of weeks earlier.

shell birdhouse post

shell birdhouse post

post

mosaic post

mosaic post

On my previous visit, Laura told me they had also made the leaf and round pillar birdbath.

birdbath

birdbath

They also built their pond and streamlet water feature.

pond

pond on an earlier visit

pond on tour day with garden art by Don Deemer

pond on tour day with garden art by Don Deemer

pond on tour day

photo by Kathleen Sayce

photo by Kathleen Sayce

head of recirculating streamlet

head of recirculating streamlet

the tiny stream on a pre-tour visit.  I love this!

the tiny stream on a pre-tour visit. I love this!

stream and pond

stream and pond

Our friend Kathleen Shaw caught a slightly different angle.

Our friend Kathleen Shaw caught a slightly different angle.

another birdhouse

another birdhouse creation
coming around from the front porch and deck to the south side of the house

coming around from the front porch and deck to the south side of the house

east of pond

looking west back to the pond

Above, the shady southwest side of the garden used to be a vegetable patch until Laura decided to turn it into a woodland.

On the south side of the garden, where she has planted specimen trees and shrubs, she set up a table with before photos of the garden. I remember seeing this garden in its early days, over the fence, before it was surrounded with trees and shrubs…maybe 18 years ago as it is near Andersen’s RV Park, one of our longtime jobs.

before pictures

before pictures

rustic birdhouses in woodsy south side garden

rustic birdhouses in woodsy south side garden

another birdhouse with fanciful post

another birdhouse with fanciful post

People could walk all around the house via what is usually fenced off as a dog yard where two Australian Shepherds romp.

dog yard

dog yard

Laura told me she likes to create sheltered places to get out of the sun. Below is an outdoor room behind the house.

outdoor room

outdoor room

The wall was painted by Susan Wallace of the Painted Lady Lavender Farm, which would be our last stop on tour day.

wall

Leaving that room, we go along a shady walk, still in the dog yard. Laura told us one of the two dogs has been quite a problem with digging, but she has still managed to grow hydrangeas, ferns and hostas.

a shady walk

a shady walk

more good signage in the shade garden

more good signage in the shade garden

Leaving the dog yard, we enter a large, square sunny garden room on the north side of the house….a secret garden that you might not even find it you did not look for it. Along the back fence (to the right in the photo below) is a low area that is used as a debris and compost pile. I am hoping our friend Sheila may have photographed that, as we both like to see the work areas of a garden! The main part of the garden here has another outdoor shelter, a gazebo large enough to have dinner in…or place a Music in the Gardens tour musician.

Laura herself approaches as we leave the dog yard.

Laura herself approaches as we leave the dog yard.

Between the two raised beds of ferns, to the left, a path leads to another gate out to the driveway. This garden is enclosed with a tall fence, and the construction of the pergola is absolutely solid.

musician Jennifer Goodenberger

musician Jennifer Goodenberger

Jennifer Goodenberger

Jennifer Goodenberger

An elegant garden of shrubs and ferns with a dry creek bed runs along the north fence of this garden area.

Note the hydrangrea blossoms in the birdbath

Note the hydrangrea blossoms in the birdbath

dry creek

dry creek

dry creek with bridge

dry creek with bridge

gazebo...note fire circle just beyond it.

gazebo…note fire circle just beyond it.

looking northeast through the gazebo windows

looking northeast through the gazebo windows

I don’t see many “outdoor rooms” that are this beautifully built with windows…a perfect shelter from the beach wind.

another of Don's old garden tool birds

another of Don’s old garden tool birds

The skills of Don and Laura are evidenced in everything from the well built structures, to the paths and decks and paving, to the birdhouses and pond and Don’s playful metal sculptures.

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