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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Our ticket to the tour is a beautiful booklet with photos and a write up about each garden.

Each gardener chose a quotation to go with the garden description.

I must give credit to The Outlaw Gardener for the idea of using snippets of the garden descriptions throughout these posts.

As you can see, we were close to salt water all day.

Charles and Hans’ garden, Grayland

Gardeners’ quotation: “Gardening requires a lot of water, mostly in the form of perspiration.” -Lou Erickson

From the description, I expected a low maintenance and perhaps rather sparse garden.  We were delighted to find instead a lush but wisely planted garden of great beauty.

Allan’s photo

Each garden has a poster with a list of which sustainable garden practices were employed.

Hans and Charles’ garden

Our greeter and ticket stamper had on a most delightful garden hat.

A docent, neither Charles nor Han (Allan’s photo)

up the driveway (Allan’s photo)

looking back to the entry

When one of this gardener team, Charles, decided to remove a patch of lawn to install a dry river bed, he was responding to the summer drought situation this coastal region experiences. Except for small plantings, this part of the garden is watered only by rainfall.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

on up the driveway past the two story garage

along the side of the garage

handsome brunnera and enviably perfect hostas

farther up the shady border

Allan’s photo

across the front lawn to the sunny side

Allan’s photo

on the front porch

green and lovely table setting

At the back of the garage, on the shady side again:

Allan’s photo

looking back

from whence we came

The path around the side of the house beckons.

looking back along the side pathway

entering the back garden

Allan’s photo

“The garden behind the home invites guests into a private peaceful space of manicured lawn edged in stone block.  This formal setting contrasts with the informal dry river bed in front of the home.”

straight ahead

to my right

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

“The Lazy Gardener”

looking back

gorgeous tawny achillea

behind: the garden shed

Allan’s photo

Charles identifies a plant. (Allan’s photo)

Linaria (toadflax) was perhaps the plant in question. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan and I almost always walk through the garden by different routes and at a different pace, crossing paths occasionally, so it always interests me when we take almost the same photo.

Allan, in blue shirt, is in the above photo.

Allan’s photo

looking back

further back garden exploration

Here is the entry, through a hedge, to the field where the vegetable garden resides.

entry to the vegetable garden area (Allan’s photo)

“The vegetable garden continues to the rear of the formal garden and slips over the hillside to the raised beds designed for efficiency of labor.”

Allan’s photo

“Sand was the challenge to overcome. Compost and mulching was the answer.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The next door neighbour also had a vegetable garden.

Next door (Allan’s photo)

What a great start to the tour!


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Monday, 25 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

McMenamins Anderson School with Gardens Manager Riz Reyes

We were surprised to awaken to rain.  At 9 AM, after loading all our traveling possessions into our van to be ready to leave, we walked out into the garden of the Anderson School Hotel for what was listed in the study weekend program as a 20 minute lecture by Gardens Manager Riz Reyes.  I had thought that it could not possibly be a disappointingly short 20 minutes…and I was right.

The weather made for perfect garden touring because it kept all the other guests out of the courtyards.

the route from our room entrance to the meadow garden

Hardy Plant hardy souls and Riz

Allan’s photo

I had not met Riz before and found him a complete delight.  And I am happy to report that the walking and talking lecture was two and a half hours long, not just 20 minutes.  It could have been twice as long as that and I would have enjoyed every minute.  As we walked, we paused and examined pretty much every aspect of the garden which is spread over 5.41 acres of hotel grounds.

Allan’s photo

with Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’ (pretty sure)

Some of us had brollies. Looking at meadow garden from undercover, I was glad Allan and I had packed our raincoats.

meadow garden pavers are reused from part of the old school

in the meadow

Sometimes guests do not understand the meadow and expect a more formal entry garden.  Sillies—it is so wonderful.  It was put together quickly as the hotel was about to open and Riz had to work around a lot of construction.  He will continue to refine it.

We looked at plants along the foundations of the buildings.

hardy schefflera that makes my heart go pitter pat

1. I am numbering some of these photos. Please feel free to use these numbers to help ID the plants that I don’t know. I am assuming this is some sort of allium with these lilies. Or maybe not.

looking across the meadow

We now walked along the street side of the old school.

Riz describes how he cuts back variegated comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’) when it gets tatty looking (my words). This one had been cut back a couple of weeks ago.

He left this one (right) to show what it looks like not cut back.

2. My notes just say “silver oak” about this beautiful tree.

3. Allan took this closeup of the leaves earlier this weekend.  I am not good an IDing a lot of trees but doesn’t look oaky to me.  Help?

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Hypericum ‘Ignite’ in center

a newish allium, ‘Red Mohican’, must have!

Riz defended Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle), which a lot of people (including me sometimes) go off of because it reseeds so much. He uses the flowers in bouquets.

By the way, floral design is another of Riz’s gardening passions and he is renowned for his work.

One of the best features of alchemilla is the way it holds raindrops in its leaves.

Allan’s photo

White Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ on the edges of this corner of the garden.  Riz is showing us Datisca (false hemp).

Allan’s photo

Luma, which I have from Xera Plants. Riz says the berries are edible.

something cool!

Allan’s photo

We walked past the wine cask containers that were outside our room’s corridor; Riz has no prejudice against common annuals like coleus and Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’.

We proceeded up the walkway to the various restaurant courtyards.

chain fern of some sort

Thalictrum ‘Spendid White’

We passed a fragrant rose I had been admiring all weekend.

Rose ‘The Poet’s Wife’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Riz also recommended earlier in the walk the roses called the Kordes series, with names like ‘Easy Does It’.

‘Jude the Obscure’, which I remember Riz saying was his favourite rose.

Pseudopanax ferox at the edge of a courtyard

Wish I still had this! On my list it goes. (Allan’s photo)

Edging to keep people out of the gardens.

Riz had been waiting for this lily to bloom. (Allan’s photo)

Riz botanizing in the wilds of the Anderson School (Allan’s photo)

Jeff Allen is the metal artist, per Allan’s notes.

Stacked recycled concrete is known as urbanite.

ornamental pink-tipped kiwi clambering up bamboo clad posts

Allan’s photo

We walked on to the kitchen garden.  Although it does not produce enough for the everyday use of the restaurant kitchens, it does provide ingredients for banquets and special events.

kitchen garden path

Allan’s photo

The new building, which went up after the garden was planted, has not cast too much shadow.

more construction in the distance

sampling peas planted on netting against a wall

espalier fastening (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

We walked on to the xeriscape garden by the far parking lot.

Allan’s photo (Sesili gummifera, moon carrot, in the foreground)

I learned from Riz that Baptisia won’t flop if grown in dry soil. (Allan’s photo) I am going to try it at the port.

Allan’s photo

The aeoniums get brought in for winter. (Allan’s photo)

Amorpha fruticosa? (with the long flowers)

the furthest reaches of the garden

A couple of us walked down to see this patch of sarracenia.

turns out it was planted in a container of some sort

We walked on to the tropical themed garden around the Lagoon.

Allan’s photo

Container planting in an outdoor dining area (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Alstroemeria ‘Rock and Roll’; Riz thought it was a bit much.

In order to care for the window boxes that hang above the salt water swimming pool enclosure, Riz and his assistant have to set up long ladders in the swimming pool to climb up.

At a little before 11:30, the lecture was over and Allan and I got coffees to go in the hotel store.

On the way to our van, we passed by the wheelbarrow where Riz was getting ready to plant his acquisitions from the study weekend plant sales.

I had especially enjoyed the parts of the talk about the trials of public gardening: plants that get stood upon or broken when folks walk into the garden to take photos of themselves among the flowers, special plants from his own collection that get damaged…and on top of that, the garden has rabbits.

And I liked what brings him joy in his work: The pleasure of having knowledge, “the effect of plants on people”, and the satisfaction of making a career in plants and flowers after being that little kid picked on for wearing flowers in his hair.

You can see many more photos of the Anderson School garden in our two other posts of this weekend, here and here.  And in two excellent posts by Danger Garden, a more knowledgeable plantswoman than I, starting here.

I have absolutely no idea what Allan’s closing photo from Anderson School is.  Perhaps he can enlighten us.

Jeff Allen, the metal artist, soldered together fancy plumbing for some of the restrooms (that the women didn’t see).

I thought so!





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