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Study Weekend Touring, hosted by Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group

After a Saturday filled with lectures, Sheila and I spent Sunday touring more Eugene gardens.  The first was a huge lot behind this house:

near Eugene

An entry patio to the right of the above had different types of small stones set into a grid. Beyond is the path to a woodland paradise.

I’m so sorry I cannot tell you the name of the gardeners; I have actually found my 2008 guide but can’t tell from the descriptions exactly which garden it is. It is…possibly…the Stark garden in Creswell…just possibly.  The more I think about it, probably!

entry patio

A few steps to the side and onto the deck gave us an overview of the large and intricate landscape.


I had my usual issue with bright red bark (don’t like it); I felt it jarred against the natural mature woodland feel of the garden.  The paths were fresh and comfy to walk on and the gardener had probably found it difficult to find any new bark that was not red in colour.

On the rare occasions that I want to bark an area it is awfully hard to find a dark aged looking product.

paths through the woodland

The rich and layered palette of shade plants had us stopped with admiration at every turn.

Throughout the garden we found the theme of silver foliage.

an impressive stand of Brunnera

As we approached the outer, sunnier edges of the garden we came upon this freestanding lattice….

….which echoed the handsome lattice fences behind the outer edge sunny border.  The newness of these beds spoke of a gardening expansion.  Check out the charming rebar staking:

The curvaceous paths had taken us on a circuitous route round to the outer edges and back again finally to the central gazebo which we’d glimpsed as a focal point from several areas.

Sheila by the gazebo

Any shallow complaint about the red bark had been swept away by the wonders of this garden (but I still think the silver foliage would have been set off better by aged bark, don’t you think?)  I bet the owners felt the same and had simply been forced to red-bark the paths for the safe and non slippery footing of many touring feet.

We had several more gardens to see, described in the program as small and large, and were beginning to feel the usual pressure that we might run out of time!

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