Wednesday, February 1, 2023

NPA Study Weekend stop: the Daggetts

My next garden stop on last June's Study Weekend adventure was at Susan and Jerry Daggett's garden...

From the event guide: "We moved into this 1920 Craftsman-style home at a very well-traveled Mount Baker intersection in 2011. While completing the Master Gardener and Plant Amnesty Master Pruner training programs, Susan set about transforming the overgrown garden and extensive sidewalk "Hell-strips" into a drought tolerant botanical oasis which provides an escape from the urban concrete jungle." 

It really was a botanical oasis. I love it when I'm driving down an unfamiliar street looking for an address when all of a sudden I see an explosion of plants and I know it's where I'm headed...

I don't see as many arctostaphylos in my Seattle garden travels as I do here in Portland, so seeing this specimen was most welcome.

Standing on the sidewalk with your back to that "well-traveled intersection" you can look up and get a glimpse of the garden itself.

One more hellstrip photo...

And now I'm up in the garden proper—looking down on that intersection.

You know I love me some dark foliage...

It had been such a cool wet spring the tomatoes were yet to take off. The weekend of the event marked the end of spring though, and summer arrived the next week—bringing with it the heat those tomatoes needed to get going.

I do love a wall of foliage...

That's a perfectly placed palm, just missing the roof overhang.

Great watering can!

No space is wasted!

The back garden...

I also need to mention this garden was very appealing for the fact everything was ADA accessible. Great for tour attendees, but also a forward way to think about gardening for all of us. Nobody is getting any younger.

Such perfect color coordination too!

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  1. Now that's what all hell-strips should be! And everything is SO green - it's rather a shock to my sensibilities. I was impressed by the shrub (another Arctostaphylos I assume) in the metal trash can and the use of a window well to safeguard baby plants.

    1. I believe the trash can plant is a pineapple guava, Feijoa sellowiana. We only have one window well and it has a metal cover over it, this definitely had me thinking about removing it though!

  2. A fantastic hell strip indeed. I may do a 'drive-by' this summer and look at it with my own eyes. I always was envious of those very generous parking strips. I'm also drooling over the large cardoons and their majestic presence. It is a plant I killed multiple times... sigh.

    1. I never realized just how impactful a mass planting of cardoons could be. I wish I had the room.

  3. That is one fabulous garden no matter where you look.

  4. The first photo had me hooked. Wouldn't it nice if all walks down a street had such a lovely buffer of greenery? The gray and maroon colour scheme on the building in back really punched with the rest of the garden. Lovely.

    1. It would be. I wish my hellstrip was this wide!

  5. That giant hellstrip made me think back to the neighborhood that Darcy Daniels lives in and the generous hellstrips there-and her fabulous treatment of hers. I ade a spot for a cardoon in my back garden but couldn't find one last summer.


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