Thursday, June 1, 2017

Salem Study Weekend, the Southard Garden

Last June I had the privilege of touring several gardens in Salem, Oregon, as part of the 2016 Salem Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend. I've been ridiculously slow in posting about these gardens...but it's time for another installment in the series...

This garden was difficult to locate, and once I did find it parking was a bit of a nightmare. These were a welcome sight as I walked up to the property.

A reward for my persistence!

And....an Agave!

Here's the owner's description of their garden, from the Study Weekend Booklet: "The framework of our 3+ acre garden was established 35 years ago, shortly after we moved in. Having designed and installed thousands of landscapes has influenced many of the design choices at our home. Initially, plants were my passion. They were the tools I used to deal with slopes, depth of field, enhancing views, and screening. Over time I became more involved with hardscape, patios, paths, structures, and water features. Because I came at landscaping from the plant side I tend to think in terms of how hardscape can enhance plants instead of the other way around. My goal has been to choose plants which grow with minimal intervention, be it pruning or specialized care. The gardens include six patios, two water features, an outdoor kitchen, brick pizza oven, glass greenhouse, a garden cottage, and numerous paver paths throughout."

I must admit I didn't really get a good sense of this garden as a whole. It felt kind of choppy, something which I think comes across in these photos, as they're a little haphazard. That's not to say it wasn't a lovely space, it just didn't flow for me.

This large lawn had the feel of an area set aside for big events. It seemed cut off from the main parts of the garden. I wonder if they use it as such?

The greenhouse...

And the pizza oven, yes we were served a slice of pizza as we walked by!

Argyrocytisus battandieri, aka pineapple broom.

The flowers really do smell like pineapple.

Care to sit among the roses?

Another view of the greenhouse.

And a gorgeous Madrone...

Of course I had to go have a closer look at the big leaves...

I was not disappointed.

Time to take my leave, but first another shot of the Opuntia...which flashed me a heart!

Weather Diary, May 31: Hi 75, Low 54/ Precip trace

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15 comments:

  1. It's funny how sometimes a garden just doesn't speak to us. I like the greenhouse and shady sitting area best. It has appealing pavers too. The pizza must have been a nice treat!

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  2. I've been seriously neglecting the touring of gardens so especially appreciate posts like this.

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    1. I will try to do my best to get you out and about more!

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  3. Like chavilness, I liked the greenhouse and its attached patio area best. The pineapple broom is interesting too - it looks like a SoCal kind of plant, although I've never seen it here.

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    1. They can become beautiful trees, I have one crammed in my garden, it's competing for space and not doing particularly well. Plus I did get it for just a couple dollars at a tough love sale...

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  4. The greenhouse/seating area are the winners! Having that covered area just off the greenhouse is genius. Lots of plants can take our winter cold but not the winter wet. Some of my phormiums in the ground perished this winter but those in pots, still outside but under the eaves where they remained dry, survived. Some really nice vignettes of this well-maintained garden.

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    1. Perhaps there's a greenhouse "expansion" in your future?

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  5. I'm going to agree with the rest of the commenters ..what could be better that a greeenhouse patio ?

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  6. I found the description rather confusing and the garden reflected it. You've posted many great gardens you've visited, so I take your word on this one.

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    1. Good point about the description.

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  7. I love that greenhouse, and the giant awning (or whatever you want to call it) with the seating area and the green and white plant palette. Inspiration for a covered area between house and greenhouse in my fantasy Brookings compound. lol. Fair warning, my garden will probably seem choppy, too, if I ever get around to picking a date to invite everyone over.

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    1. I sincerely doubt that (your garden, choppy)...but I look forward to finding out.

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  8. Maybe it's my eastern-woodland eyes, but I love the lawn-and-borders section. Though as with everyone else, the image of the greenhouse+patio has me in its grip. WANT!!

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