Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Elisabeth C Miller Library at the UW Botanical Gardens
I know, I hinted on Friday the historic Dunn Gardens were next on the GB Fling, and they were next on our itinerary, but I’m skipping ahead. Mainly because I haven’t gotten around to sorting through all the photos I took there, but partially because I want to share an "aHa moment" I had later in the day. That moment took place when we walked into the Elisabeth C Miller Library and I realized what a treasure had been right under my nose (I lived in Seattle for years and we visit often)... Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures inside the library; I think because I was feeling a little like it was an art museum and photos wouldn’t be allowed (these pictures are of the charming courtyard outside the library). But really, you all know what books setting on a shelf look like! What makes this library amazing is that they are all horticulture books, shelves after shelves of them! A quick glance around the library turned up a couple of titles I had been lusting after but never actually seen (ok I guess I did take a couple of pictures in the library after all, this is the lazy persons way of reminding yourself to put a title on your Amazon wishlist). After thumbing through them at the library I want them even more now! Why I’d never visited this library before is a mystery, and a mistake. The next time we’re in Seattle and the husband wants to hit an art museum or bookstore I am coming here! Heaven. They also have an online “plant answer line” where they answer your plant and gardening questions…how cool is that? After I tore myself away from the books it was time to check out the gardens. Naturally I wanted to go wander through the greenhouses! (not possible). I’m hoping someone can identify this lovely plant in the next two images? I hope to return to the Miller Library soon, maybe on a rainy winter’s afternoon. If you find yourself in Seattle check it out!
Labels: Garden Bloggers Fling 2011