After viewing a presentation on public gardens scattered across this country, I was reminded to revisit my photos of gardens in the Pacific Northwest in June 2018 and 2019 that most inspire me. Photos of Bloedel Reserve, Heronswood (both in Washington), the Portland Japanese Garden, and the conifer display at Iseli Nursery (in Oregon) are followed by photos of natural wonders I viewed on several hikes through the Olympic Mountains on Washington’s coast. I include photos of the natural landscape that I use to help guide locations when I plant in my garden.
I can take a photo or two from my garden that might fool you to think mine is as lush as these, but no part of my garden in Virginia will ever match these. But, I’ll continue to try, no matter that my compacted clay soil and hot and humid weather are less than ideal.
While species of mayapple (Podophyllum) and false Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum) are native to Virginia, I am also attracted to ones native to the US west coast and to Asia. The lushness of foliage in the Northwest is my inspiration, and visiting this again is a perfect getaway on a blustery January afternoon.
Click below to view the 5:30 minute slide show. Plants on individual photos are not labelled since so much variety is crammed into each space.