Friday, November 4, 2011
Local garden stalking visit, Chapter 2
Back in mid-September I stumbled upon a most beautiful garden and posted a few pictures of its “public face” (click here for that tour). As luck would have it I knew someone who knew someone (thanks Kate!) and in early October I found myself meeting the homeowner and getting a tour of the back yard garden! This is the gate that separates the public from the private. Oh and there is a great little bit of back-story…in September of 2009 I was lamenting the end of summer (it’s never an easy transition for me) and visited the Portland Waterfront. The Willamette River runs right through our downtown, and there is a lovely park between the river and downtown proper. I posted several pictures of the plants in that park here. Well as it turns out owner of this garden is a horticulturalist with the City of Portland and is responsible for those riverside plantings (along with many others), “it’s a small world” right? Anyway if you click back to the that post you’ll definitely see a lot of correlation between those photos and these. If these photos seem a little disjointed blame the photographer not the gardener. There is a logical path through the garden with a huge center island and a covered pavilion in the corner as well as a generous deck off the back of the house, these all create order in the jungle. I however became overwhelmed with the fantastic foliage combinations and couldn't remember what I had photographed and just sort of bounced around the garden in a beauty induced stupor. I should also note that I visited this garden during a time of year when things are winding down and naturally starting to look a little tattered, plus the owner had just had surgery. He was gracious in letting me visit and take pictures of his wonderful private garden. Magnificent!