Monday, June 13, 2011
The 2011 ANLD Behind the Scenes Garden Tour, Part 1
What are you doing Saturday, June 18th? If you live in the Portland area you should seriously consider attending the 2011 ANLD (Association of Northwest Landscape Designers) Behind the Scenes Garden Tour (be sure to click on the link and read the garden profiles with before and after pictures!). The tour features eight gardens designed by members of the ANLD, proceeds from the tour benefit scholarship programs for landscape design students at local community colleges (tickets are $20 and there is a list of nurseries selling tickets on this page). I was invited to take part in a pre-tour held last week. The best part of this tour is there is something for everyone…is your garden on an urban lot, mostly filled by your home, yet you want a lush private back garden and setting area? There is a garden for you. Are you a plant fanatic and needing hints on how to work all of your plants into a cohesive design? Check. What if the only place you have to garden is on a steep slope? You’ll want to see the garden with extensive stone terracing. There is even a bit of voyeuristic seeing “how the other half lives” touring to be done in Lake O$wego. The Oregonian’s Kym Pokorny did an excellent post about the tour last week, and tomorrow you’ll be able to read Jim McMausland from Sunset Magazine’s take on the tour. In the mean time my post today is a random collection of photos from the six of the eight gardens on the tour. Tomorrow I’ll feature the two gardens that really stood out for me, after all we all have our own personal style and plant interests and these were the ones I’ll keep thinking about for some time, come back tomorrow for lots more pictures!