Believe it or not I still have plenty of material from that adventure that has yet to be chronicled. As is usual with the our annual IU gatherings, not much down time is factored into the schedule. So many gardens to see, so little time...
Today we visit (or revisit) The Dunn Gardens, formerly a private compound in the heart of the Seattle suburbs. Like some notable residences and grounds of wealthy people, the property has since been placed into a preservation trust. Tours of the garden are guided and require a reservation so this isn't one for the spontaneous garden visitor. If you are in the area and have the time, I do recommend a look-see.
I have to admit, as much as I admire estate gardens and feel preserving them is worth the time and effort, from a garden visiting standpoint, I much prefer well planted mixed gardens chock full of creative and unusual plant combinations and personal touches by the gardener.
Our guided group tour started on the patio of the welcome center. Lush container plantings accented the space which overlooked a large lawn and perennial border.
|Perennial border from the patio at the Dunn Gardens in Seattle|
The tour of the grounds took us through lots of old growth trees and shrubs. Members of the Dunn family still live in private residences on the property. My favorite was this cozy cottage surrounded by exuberant but well tended gardens.
The tour ended on another patio at the welcome center. As you might imagine, it was the patio areas that were right up my alley.
At one point in the tour we were joined by this charming and extremely photogenic cat. He followed the group through the gardens then entertained us with his antics on the patio. In a way he (she?) reminded me of my own esteemed garden cat, the Twerpinator who also knows a thing or two about working a crowd.
For all of you who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy, be safe!