"My mind returns to the garden of designer and author Vanessa Nagel, Dragonfly Hollow. This garden included some striking formal elements, including a magnificent topiary peacock, clipped hedges and strong axial points, as well as fluid curves and soft, wispy plantings within the circular garden shapes.."
Kate Bryant, Portland, OR (reporting on the HPSO 2011 Study Weekend)
|With over 35 years as an ardent gardener, Vanessa has created a display garden full of design experimentation, with new plants, plant combinations, and ideas on 2/3 of the one-acre property owned since 1990. The other third is a wild ravine where we love to watch what Mother Nature does on her own, but where we have finally decided to take a hand a restore Mother Nature, eliminate the invasive plants, and plant more native plants.
The theme of the garden is "Peace Through Culture", inspired by painter and philosopher Nicholas Roerich. Garden art designed by Vanessa for this garden has one important criteria: show what two or more cultures have in common.
"Thanks so much for opening your garden to us. It was glorious."
Alyse, Portland, OR
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