Yesterday I shared a pictorial overview of six of the eight gardens from this coming Saturday’s ANLD tour. Today we visit the other two gardens, the Twombley Garden and the Hardiman Garden. But first I must mention one of the unadvertised benefits of taking this tour, as you follow the map to the gardens on the tour you’re driving through residential neighborhoods that you may otherwise never happen upon. You are bound to see wonderful things that excite and inspire…like this fabulous agave that I spotted in route from one garden to the next. Totally unexpected and totally fabulous! And speaking of fabulous….wow! Loved loved loved the first garden on the tour, the Twombley Garden designed by Courtney Downing of Green Artisans. Of course helped that the backdrop (the house) was a fabulous mid-century modern gem, which I failed to get a photo of (blinded by the plants). First you see the front garden anchored by this statement wall…hot huh? There was a matching one next to what must be the carport. The stylish vintage backyard furnishings were icing on the cake. And the plants….many of my favorites were in the dry gravel bed in front of the house. The Verbascum was perfectly timed for maximum impact during the tour… This garden was also a bit of a Tetrapanax education for me. Look…there is a sweet innocent plant cozied up to the agave. But just to the left is the trunk of an established plant that is doing a little branching, and spreading (there were several more in the back garden). Courtney (the garden designer) said that maintenance is part of the service she provides and each year they look at the pups coming up and decide which to keep. My own experience trying to relocate my pups tells me that if you don’t like them where they are it’s very easy to get rid of them. When small they don’t have much of a root system (good if you want to eliminate, bad if you want to transplant).
Most of the gardens on the tour feature the works of local artists. There were a couple of pieces in this garden (by Everett, WA, artist Lance Carleton) that I really liked. If you regularly read this blog you know I’m not a huge fan of garden art so that is indeed a big compliment from me! On the east (?) side of the house is the shady side garden with its winding path and big leaved plants. This gem, which Lucy Hardiman was able to identify for me as Asphodeline lutea is my new “must have” plant! Look at the green “barber pole” stripes the leaves make up the stem! The other garden on the tour that really stood out for me was the personal garden of garden designer Lucy Hardiman (Perennial Partners). If you have attended any of her many lectures you’ve no doubt seen pictures…but that is nothing like seeing it in real life! This lady loves plants…and there are many many fabulous specimens tucked into her very urban garden. She is also most certainly not afraid of color! The Cerinthe major in the hell-strip was a traffic stopper, everyone had to photograph it. Lucy mentioned that the hell-strips are her current favorite place to play; these plants receive no supplemental water once established. I wish I would have gotten the name of this (I think) Echium… Stone mosaics provide a welcome to people parking along the street. We were told the name of this well behaved thistle, but of course I didn’t write it down. I remembered two important details though. It was a gift from Dan Hinkley, and it is virtually impossible to locate for sale anywhere. This garden in on a double lot with two residential structures. Lucy and her husband live in part of one of the homes and they rent out the remaining apartments. She said they have very little turnover. With a garden like this to enjoy why would you leave? Do you want to see more ANLD Garden tour photos? I attended the tour in 2009 and posted pictures here, and here. One of the gardens in the second post is the personal garden of designer Lauren Hall-Behrens, if you are one of the lucky people attending the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Study Weekend hers is one of the open gardens you’ll be able to tour. You definitely don’t want to miss it!
And of course you don't want to miss this years ANLD tour, remember it's this coming Saturday June 18th and you can get your tickets here.