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While the beehives near the parking area for garden six were interesting, I was more pleased to see a sanican.  A note that I made on my Facebook album of this tour:  One restroom option is NOT enough for ten gardens.  This says to me there might have been ten, rather than seven, gardens on this tour, and that perhaps we found three completely forgettable.


A pile of materials (ingredients!) at the entry to garden seven managed to look artful.

From the foot of a formal stairway, Sheila and  other garden tourists admired a meadow’s vertical accents.

punctuated meadow

stairs detail

This garden was in the process of design by Maurice Horn from Joy Creek Nursery.  My companions and I felt very satisfied with the fifth and sixth gardens, but later at Joy Creek I mentioned to Maurice that we had overheard grumblings about most of the gardens not having enough cool and collectible plants.  I found it commendable for a plant purveyor to say, as he did, that this garden was about structure, not plant collecting.  I gathered he had perhaps taken a couple of complainers gently to task about this, and was glad I had phrased my remark in such a way that I sounded (correctly) like an admirer, not a critic, of garden number six.

further up the steps

and further…

Wide open spaces set off spaces crammed with plants.

I remember once attending a lecture by Ann Lovejoy back when she told a story about gardener Kevin Nicolay.  He visited one of her early gardens and made a pithy comment about how a garden is better if there is at least a bit of room to step back and admire it.

Ah…a delicious cold beverage and cookies were on offer.  The day had turned quite warm for a coastal dweller.

thank you

Past the formal stairs and patio, a casual lawn offered a view of the meadow with its verticality…

meadow view

…a verticality that was strongly featured in the formal beds just behind us.


(I now feel an urgent need to buy more Ilex ‘Sky Pencil”.)

We learned that the plan was to change the look of this area;  either move toward or away from the look (above, lower left) of individual plants inside the boxwood squares.  Oops, I can’t recall which it was to be….or perhaps the boxwood was to be done away with altogether.


We moved on into an area of scree plantings and then down a wide, formal steps stairway.

stairs down to meadow

Picky though I might be, I have no objection to a garden where part of the design is brand new; I’m just frustrated when most of it is brand nw.

As in garden five, mown paths through meadows enticed the garden tourists to explore….past a billowing garden bed and off into the prairie.

returning from a grassland adventure

Above, you can see in the background the island bed photographed below:

garden bed by an outbuilding

But as usual, we had no time to sit and had to hustle on to have time for a plant buying frenzy at Joy Creek Nursery.  Only two and half weeks remained till both Laurie’s and my mother’s gardens would be on the Peninsula garden tour, and each still had spaces that could be filled with especially choice plants.  My mother’s garden in particular was all about plants.  She did not like boxwoods or any other things of foliar garden structure, so her tour day would be ALL about the colour and flowers.

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