Friday, July 22, 2011

Seattle's Best ... Gardens, that is...


Day 1 of the Garden Bloggers Fling, held in Seattle this year, was even more than I could have hoped for.

Our tours today took us to two private gardens, one private/public garden and the Washington University Center for Urban Horticulture.

Come take a stroll with me through the first garden, lovingly created by Shelagh Tucker. This garden was full of little vignettes and pockets of secret gardens around every turn.

The recent rains and cool temperatures in Seattle made all of the plants lush and ready for our visit.

There was a lot of old stonework in this garden, steps and benches and intricate inlaid details that added charm and an old-world feel to the garden.


All the borders and beds were filled to the brim with layers upon layers of plants - complimentary and contrasting colors, shapes, sizes and textures - creating a rich and beautiful palette.



And within each vignette are wonderful little pairings like this one. Her eye for plant combinations made this garden a delightful journey of discovery.


7 comments:

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Enjoy!! Will pretend I am there through all the various bloggers' postings.

gardeningasylum said...

Love the details you captured - another great day ahead!

scottweberpdx said...

Stunning...can't wait for more posts on your visit!

Diana said...

Janet - I'm sure my photos aren't doing it all justice, but I'm having fun trying!

GardeningAsylum - And the weather is perfect, too. What more could we ask for?!

Scottweberpdx - It's been a blast to photograph - I really wanted to get that post up right away while it was fresh in my mind. About to take off for another day.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Lovely plant combos. Everything looks so lush.

Jayne said...

Beautiful photos. I especially love the round pond and the semi-circle stone patio. I'm feeling inspired to create something similar ... but perhaps not until October!

Kathleen said...

So gorgeous. Wish I was there. Thanks for sharing your photos. We are missing a lot of fun and beautiful gardens.