It's rare Andrew accompanies me to a Hardy Plant Society of Oregon function but somehow I managed to talk him into attending a presentation given by Annie Hayes, the Annie in Annie's Annuals. We sat next to the owner of this garden, Karen, and he struck up a conversation with her. Shortly after that she started working at my "neighborhood" nursery, Garden Fever, and we've been chatting ever since. That's how I happened to score an invite to her and her husband's open garden and studio event earlier this month...
I should also mention Karen is a garden designer and owner of Calendula Garden Design.
Her house colors have me wishing we'd gone with a bit of a lighter brown so we could have charcoal and green trim.
Her husband's work appears throughout the garden, and yes, I liked it. You know I'm not a fan of GARDEN ART but these heads didn't scream ART, they seemed to belong and added to the overall vibe of the garden.
This photo does not do this plant justice, this Grevillea victoriae was huge, it kind of scared me (since I've got 3 planted in my garden). Karen also said she'd pruned it way back recently too, since it was starting to make the neighbors nervous.
Detail of the side gate, the glass insets add a nice flourish.
And the same gate is repeated on the other side of the house, which is actually where we entered the back garden.
Look at those vintage chairs!
And of course the deck "skirt"...
The garden is filled with flowers and edibles, truly a pollinators paradise.
I'm not sure how I managed to photograph these artichoke blossoms when they weren't swarming with bees, maybe I sneezed right before I took the photo?
Did you notice the bags hanging from the tree in the last photo? They're protecting the fruit, if I remember correctly against codling moth.
How many gardens feature a working studio with kiln? Not many.
Pretty nice eh? I meant to take a few photos of Karen's husband's pottery but wanted to ask first and thus forgot.
Just beyond the studio is a sitting area/fire pit with the coolest chairs, which I also forgot to ask about.
Make that cool chairs and a table.
Yes this (very private) tub does get used.
Looking back towards the house from the studio.
Let's explore the garden...
More garden faces...
And Karen's signature wine bottle edging. If you click on over to her website you'll see a small night-time photo of the bottles illuminated.
Thank you for letting us visit your lovely garden Karen!
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