On Saturday, June 10, the Richmond Beach Community Association sponsored the annual self-guided tour of local gardens. See below for the links to a slideshow of this and last year's highlights.
What better way to get kids interested in eating their veggies than to teach them how to grow them and involve them in the process? In partnership with Tilth Alliance (formerly Seattle Tilth), the students at St. Luke’s School collect food waste from the classrooms and lunchroom in order to feed the worms in worm bins, ending the process with collecting the compost from containers to nourish their plants. Enjoy seeing what different grade levels are growing in each of their boxes and hear what student ambassadors have to say about their exciting program.
When the Malletts bought the house, there wasn’t much of interest in the yard -- grass and rhododendrons, and not very happy rhodies at that. There is little grass now, and rhododendrons have given way to a sea of other plants. Admire the moon gate as you enter the patio in the middle of the "island", and sit on a stone bench to enjoy the lovely garden and take in the view of Puget Sound.
"Great art teaches us to live life more alertly" -- The sign with this quote is a signal to pay attention as you enter the garden. Art is one of a kind, and so is this garden. You can have an English cottage garden, a Southwest cactus garden, and you can have a garden of many different plants. This one enjoys the eclectic theme of being a garden that pays homage to art. Take pleasure in walking among the 12 sculptures, with the plants acting in a supporting role.
This garden has elements of being both Mediterranean-inspired as well as a woodland retreat. Enter the back garden from the right of the house as you pass a stand of bamboo. Mature trees provide a woodland feel, while layers of drought-tolerant lonicera, lavender, and grasses lend a Tuscan feel, and the stonework is terrific.
There has been a LOT happening at KBG these days! Spend time in the Rain Garden before making your way to the lower meadow. Here, the first phase of the Pacific Northwest Native Plant Demonstration Garden is now finished. Along with an extensive water feature there are many signs to help you identify the plants in different sections like the Puget Prairie and the East of the Cascades. Coming soon in Phase 2, one will be able to identify plants found in a Mountain-to-Sound Watershed.
If you’re looking for a Zen experience while lounging on a deck and gazing out at Puget Sound, look no further. This garden balances the best of hardscape materials like a beautiful Asian-inspired gate, fencing, and stone sculptures, with a wide variety of plants, coniferous trees, Japanese maples, and shrubs. Harmony and balance reign, and the sounds of the water feature will lull you to total relaxation.
What was once an old home and aged orchard on a large lot is now a delightful family compound. Two homes with separate yards, and a studio that can double as a living space allow for a family with children and dogs to be right next door to grandparents. Katsura trees, grasses and lavender invite you to explore further. Look for the original arbor that spans the gateway between the two yards.
Enter this garden, look up to the roof above the porch, and greet Bill E. Goat. Then, decide which way to go. There are many wonderful rooms to explore. "You Take the High Road, and I’ll Take the Low Road…" Whichever path you take, it will lead you to a different room. The church steeple, with the "arm" of the Japanese maple beyond it gesturing to the sea, welcomes you to take either. "High Road" is flanked with purple aubretia, while the "Low" road leads you down to the vegetable garden.
If you are willing to open your garden for the tour, please email Lisa Witzel at GardenTour@RichmondBeachWA.org
Sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association
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