On Saturday, June 9, the Richmond Beach Community Association sponsors our annual self-guided tour of local gardens. Click here for a printable copy of the 2018 gardens, including the map.
This garden returns to the tour to delight visitors once again. The large garden consists of four distinct “rooms” connected by mature trees gardens, and lawn. The 1923 house was designated with a Trillium award in 2007 for its historical value. The north end of the garden offers a patio and sculptures in a woodland area with a stream and pond beyond. To the west are fruit trees before you enter the potage, or French “kitchen garden.” The garden feeds family and friends, as well as the food bank. Be sure to notice the espaliered apple trees as you head back toward the front, coming full circle.
Ten years in Asia led to this garden design, obvious once you enter the tranquil gates. Pass the black bamboo on the path and notice the on-end stonework found throughout Asia as well as Mexico. Conifers, yew, mix with large rocks, adding to the ambience. Timber bamboo leads the way to a bubbling stream ending at the koi pond. Be sure to talk to the hosts about proper bamboo care. It’s not easy to create the setting they have achieved!
This is Richmond Beach’s very own hidden jewel. Once the private garden of Dr. Art Kruckeberg, professor of Botany at the University of Washington, and his wife Mareen, it is now a City of Shoreline park. From the Rain Garden you first encounter to the Pacific Northwest Native Plant Demonstration Garden in the lower meadow, there is much to enchant visitors. If you bring the kids, be sure to check out “Wood Wave” by artist Bruce Johnson. It is a four-ton sculpture made from a 1,000-year-old redwood root!
Geum, euphorbia, and Japanese forest grass reside under the birch trees and Japanese maples of this 1921 former chicken farm. While the chickens are long gone it IS bird friendly and vegetables and fruit are indeed grown. Wander past the Solomon’s seal, black mondo grass, and large rocks in the front and make your way to the back where you’ll find different edibles growing in the horse troughs that have become popular for raised vegetable beds. Salad for dinner is right at your fingertips.
This garden is new to the tour and includes interesting trees, both evergreen and deciduous. One in particular isn’t found in many gardens, Davidia involucrata, or “Dove Tree.” Unfortunately, this tree blooms before the tour, so you are highly encouraged to look it up online! The homeowner prunes all the trees and hedges, and I’ve never seen a chestnut tree kept under better control than this one! The beds beneath the trees are filled with peonies, lady’s mantle, bleeding heart, and various heucheras.
Boxwoods line the driveway, wisteria overhangs the fence, and Choisya ternata (Mexican orange blossom) borders the walkway to the backyard. The back opens to a stunning view of Puget Sound. Herbaceous borders of nepeta, peonies, grasses, hydrangea and azaleas frame the yard. Pass a lovely patio-side waterfall on your way up to the top level. The raised veggie beds are in, as well as the new bocce ball court. Also, don’t miss the moss rose, commonly called an “English Tea Rose,” propagated by the homeowner’s great-grandfather in 1900!
For those who have little space with which to garden, this returning garden fills the bill! The original goal was to display 25 years of bonsai cultivation in a small yard. It started with 13 two-man stones, helpful neighbors and a truck engine lift to place each stone exactly. This gem of a garden is hidden behind a laurel hedge, hiding other treasures like the tall, black granite water feature and dry rock stream tableau. The bonsai at the top of the dry stream is over 400 years old! (Park on Richmond Beach Drive, walk across bridge to 27th and turn left.)
The garden of this bungalow has an English country garden feel to it. Stroll the gravel pathway, where white is the predominant color, from ribbon grasses to variegated shrubbery to the formal knot garden that takes center stage. This gracious homeowner encourages visitors to come inside and view it from the balcony if they wish, as the aerial view showcases the design. This homeowner delights in re-using, and what might look like a pile of sticks is really a wattle fence just waiting to be transformed.
If you are willing to open your garden for future tours, please email Lisa Witzel at GardenTour@RichmondBeachWA.org
Sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association
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