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July 22nd, 2012

lower garden, by where we parked

lower garden, by where we parked

Because of having opened our own garden on tour day,we had been unable to go around and be tour guests.  The day after tour day, most of the gardeners who had opened their gardens got together to around and admire each others.  High on the hill in Ilwaco’s  Sahalee neighbourhood, I was pleased to finally get to tour Donna and Truman Rew’s garden.  I had only seen it from above when I used to work on another Sahalee garden that is a bit higher up, but it had always fascinated me, especially since I could hear the sound of running

to the right of entrance to garden

to the right of entrance to garden

water.  On tour day, docents had helped with the rather tight parking area and had guided guests throughout the garden.  After admiring the bridges (above left), we walked back up the driveway to enter the garden near the front door of the house.

From the programme guide:  “With a home perched on a dramatic hillside overlooking Baker Bay, the Columbia Bar, and sometimes Tillamook Point, it is hard to imagine a competing view. Yet this multilevel garden does just that, with three Japanese style bridged spanning still ponds and man-made streams connected by five waterfalls, all sheltered by a forest with 30 year old specimen trees.” Natural springs begin their flow throughout the garden on the upper hillside (left) and also enter the garden down the hill and through pipes under the driveway.  Upon first buying the house, before the water was captured, mushrooms grew indoors; channeling the water not only beautified the landscape but solved many problems.

We walked through an opening between two wings of the house and around to a narrow deck with a wonderful view of the bridged ponds.   Truman Rew had built the bridges, and the landscaping was done by a local company called Shrub and Grub…or a son of that company….not the most mellifluous name, but what a glorious vista they had created.

looking down from the deck

looking straight down from the deck

view from deck, southwest

view from deck, southeast

The water is all natural ground water from springs which has been managed and routed into ponds and waterfalls.

The water is all natural ground water from springs which has been managed and routed into ponds and waterfalls.

 east, from the deck

east, from the deck

detail of above scene

detail of above scene

From the deck, we then descended to get a closer view of the ponds.  Around the base of the house lay a simple landscape of sand, rocks, and trees.

by the house

by the house

 closer view

closer view

a network of water

a network of water

On the south side of the house, with its view of the Columbia River bar, the decking included different levels and seating areas.

 fire circle
fire circle

From the south decks one could walk out onto a knoll overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River.  A path led over the hill to a sauna…but the sauna area had been taken over by a black bear so could no longer be used!

Beyond this point be monsters!

Beyond this point be monsters!

From here, our group of gardeners will head north on the Peninsula to tour more of the gardens that were opened to us on the day after tour day.

If you would like to read an article about the tour itself, a good one appeared in our local paper.  (We won’t be visiting the Leadbetter Farms garden in this blog…at least not yet…because it was made available the day of our post-garden tour..)

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