Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Palmer Garden, a stop on the 2016 Salem Study Weekend

Oh boy, flashing way back to June of 2016 and a stop on the Salem, Oregon, Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend event...

From the event handout..."Thirty-one years ago we purchased our small A-frame home situated on 3 heavily wooded acres in South Salem. Over the years we have added to and remodeled our home and dropped over 40 trees throughout the front of the property, though many large trees still remain. The back 1½ acre is left native as cover for birds and other wildlife. A new ¼ mile woodland walk “the affirmation trail” has been added. The garden is filled with plants collected over the past 30 years ...Our goal has always been to create a small sanctuary to enjoy ourselves along with our friends." ..."small" I guess it's all relative right?

I could have a party here and invite every single person I know and still have room for the rest of you and everyone you know.

It was a wonderful place to wander through.

Impatiens omeiana bigger than my hand!

And another patch! See it, on the left under the Hydrangea?

The sign says "garden shed".

I love that here, in a big garden, the plants are still touching and mashing it up. Rather than spaced out like chess pieces in the landscape.

The top of the rock wall, all planted up with Sedum.

I like it.

Nicely coordinated containers...

This garden had something for everyone.

At the back of the home, another great party space...

Love the small water feature. Were there fish in the water? I can't remember, but the decorative plaque seems to say yes.

Back out front now, in the driveway.

Even a veggie garden! This was a fun place to visit...

All material © 2009-2018 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

19 comments:

  1. I can hardly imagine planting and caring for a garden that big and that dense. And it is so perfect looking. Plus they still do containers with all that space!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me either. I cannot comprehend having that much space period!

      Delete
  2. Well, I don't feel so bad now, writing about things I did last summer. Love those clustered containers and the planted rock wall. Registration for this year's Hardy Plant Study Weekend up here in the Seattle area goes live today!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am so sad to miss the Seattle Study Weekend, it's going be be amazing!

      Delete
  3. Oh to have room for open expanses and still be able to grow so many plants. Looks like a delightful garden!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. But...would there be open spaces if either you or I lived here?

      Delete
  4. You have me wondering what other treasures you have in your photo archive. Oh, to have the space to garden on this scale! (And a bank account to permit that.) I love all those tall trees and that frog (toad?) bench.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Since I finally finished my L.A. January 2017 and Phoenix fall 2016 photos the only real oldies are more from this garden tour. And just one more Fling post.

      Delete
  5. This place is a WOW. I love mashed up gardens too. They obviously like to entertain. What a lovely place to do so.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think any garden is made 3x more impressive when surrounded by towering trees. Wow!
    BTW, this must be a record for the longest delay before posting. I can't even remember what I did in June 2016! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The only reason I know it was June 2016 is because that's what the file says. And I've still got several gardens from this tour to write about.

      Delete
  7. I love their naturalistic woodland plantings combined with manmade elements. The garden has a wonderful feel to it!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh this one is a gem !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wish you would have made it to this Study Weekend, we would have had a blast!

      Delete
  9. Yes, that's lovely and lush! It's inspiring for those of us with largely woodland gardens. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're very welcome! Glad you enjoyed.

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Comment moderation is on (because you know: spam), I will approve and post your comment as soon as possible!