Open Garden = Hard Work + Satisfaction

So where have I been since May? During the first week of June I traveled to Spokane, via Richland to visit family and Moses Lake to visit friend, Bruce Bailey (Heavy Petal Nursery), then speak to the Inland Empire Gardeners. The following week I took off for California to visit more family. On the way I stayed in Santa Rosa. From there I visited Cornerstone in Sonoma and then Annie’s Annuals in Richmond. I spent the rest of June frantically getting ready for an open garden.

Visitors wander through the garden past the crop circle.

When you have a large garden (ours is roughly 2/3 of an acre), getting your garden presentable is an exercise in patience as well as exhausting. This past winter killed nearly every zone 8 plant in my garden – and there were quite a few. Many had been in the garden for over 10 years, so were mature specimens. They left large holes. The Tetrapanax ‘snag’ I left because it is actually kind of interesting and the birds like to perch on it. (I’m finding new Tetrapanax popping up from the roots as of the first of July.) Our long, cold & wet spring meant waiting to get the dead plants replaced. Constrained by less time and diminishing budget meant that not all was perfect for the preview tour on June 30 even with many volunteers. I owe a HUGE thank you to all who helped get the garden ready for that day! I had until July 10 to complete the remaining garden tasks before the big ANLD (Assoc. of NW Landscape Designers) garden tour. It was open to the public for the price of a ticket to see 6 other gardens. The proceeds benefit the student scholarships that ANLD distributes each year.

A Lutyens style bench in red-orange says come and sit a spell.
A view towards the Sunset award-winning pebble mosaic and the garden beyond.