Friday, June 26, 2015

Bella Madrona visit - Garden Bloggers Fling 2014

Hello dear blog readers!
It's been some time since we last met.
The schedule has been tough to carve out writing and editing time,
but inspiration abounds after reading so many of your blogs.

Garden blogs have been a-buzz
with details about the Garden Bloggers Fling 2015 in Toronto, Canada. 
All those wonderful posts have me looking back at the hundreds of pictures I took
at last year's #GBFling14 in Portland.

The Portland Fling ended on a magical note, with a visit to
the private garden of Bella Madrona,
where every turn of the 5 sprawling acres had 
beauty, whimsy, and lovely vignettes.

Upon entering the gardens, seating areas beckoned one to sit, enjoy, relax.
As I looked through my photos of this garden, a theme emerged-- 
the owners had thoughtfully placed a wonderful variety of seating 
wherever the visitor might enjoy a respite to enjoy the scenery,
rest, visit, and enjoy a beverage.

And then there was
the whimsy.......

sheer beauty......

As we embarked upon the final Fling journey back to the hotel,
we took with us the memories of friendships made,
treasures found, and an unforgettable weekend.

With many thanks to all the organizers of the Portland Fling 2014.
And a wish to all of you, that your summer or winter,
depending on your hemisphere,
is a wonderful one!

~Kit Aerie-el


  1. Brings back lovely memories of last year's Fling. Thank you! I have yet to post my photos from this incredible garden, yours are certainly lovely. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you! I hope to do justice to your wonderful garden in the not-too-distant future.

  2. Portland's Fling was wonderful. (well aren't they all?) Wish we had had more time at Bella Madrona...there were so many spots to explore. I need to go through my photos and write about last year's Fling.

    1. So true, Janet--so much to see, so little time. I look forward to your posts about the Flings.

  3. That was a very special place and perfect for out ending party! I love the little vignettes you captured. Thank you so much for the happy reminder!

    1. Thanks very much!
      And to top it off, to get the Pink Martini CD! Perfect ending to a perfect weekend.

  4. Loved this garden. So inspiring.

    1. Thank you Helen. I wish I could have attended the Toronto Fling, but I am certainly enjoying it vicariously through the blogs of those who attended.

  5. I absolutely loved this garden! Just incredible. It was one of my favorites. Such a truly unique and very cool place. :o)

    1. I totally agree! There were surprises at every turn, which I thoroughly enjoyed.


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