Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Garden Tour in Seattle neighborhood

It's the Garden Tour time of year here in the Pacific Northwest--hooray! 
I recently went on the Lake Forest Park Secret Garden tour.
I asked at each garden if it was okay to take photographs, 
and they all graciously said yes, so I snapped away. 
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What do you think of the pruning on this English laurel?

The use of various types of grasses was like artwork.

And then there was some beautiful garden art...

The birdhouses and containers were art,
beautifully enhancing each other and each area.

I wonder if I could make one like this above,
and not have it weigh a ton because I used too much concrete?

There were lovely little places to sit and reflect...

How clever is this (above)? 
I may not be able to make the birdhouse, 
but I bet I could make a chair like this!

I want this container. 
Okay, not THIS container, but one like it.
Anyone know where one could find one?

Here are two pictures of a garden on the tour that reminded me 
of Butchart Gardens in Vancouver, B.C.

 Some gardens had small houses in their gardens.

This one was for the 'girls'.
I want chickens. 
Maybe next year if I don't need to travel as much.

At one point we gathered to view...

No, I don't want goats, even though they are good 
at taking care of those pesky blackberry bushes.
Here's a closeup of that sweet bearded face.

Two final floral photos and we're done on this tour.

I wonder if this is how insects see these flowers?

Until next time,
Happy gardening and garden touring!


  1. Thanks for posting your pics of this tour! I wanted to go on the Lake Forest Park tour, but we ended up going away to Vancouver that weekend.

    There's a West Seattle one coming up, also the Seattle Tilth Urban Farm tour. Those both look interesting. I want chickens too.

  2. I can't believe that summer has come to Seattle! Great pictures. Gosh, I love living in Seattle.

  3. This looks like an awesome tour, Aerie-el. I too love how the grasses are artfully placed and look like running water. I want that small house! That blue pot with the face is way cool. I hope you can find one like it. The rock/mortar birdhouse is probably pretty heavy but it looks so cool. I like the English Laurel limbed up like it is. I do this with my Rhododendrons and plant under them. Total eye candy tour. I bet you came away with lots of ideas. Thanks for posting.

  4. What a fabulous tour! That first small house is gorgeous, don't show my chickens, they'll want an upgrade ;) I really like that stone-clad bird house. It does seem like it might get quite heavy, but on the other hand it probably holds up to the elements very well. As for goats, I soooooo want goats. That big chap with the horns is quite a handsome devil!

  5. What a beautiful Mountain Laurel. I would love to have that container too! Garden visits are so fun.

  6. Oh how interesting! I love that first shot - it really catches the eye how they planted the colours under those steps!

  7. Wow breathtaking creations. Lovely and inspirational. Chapeau bas!

  8. I enjoyed going on the tour with you. I like seeing what others are growing and what yard art they have. It looks like you got some good ideas from these gardens.

  9. I enjoyed the tour immensely. I like seeing the world though your eyes. Thank you.


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