Friday, July 13, 2012

Garden Tour - Part 1

My mom, my daughter and myself
went on the Horticultural Societies Annual Garden Tour.

We toured four gardens and then lunch was provided
followed by a special presentation
by a horticulturalist on growing a cutting garden.

Since I have been fascinated with the concept of a cutting garden for years
and finally have some semblence of one this year
I found the presentation so interesting and informative.

I took lots of pictures so I have divided it up into four separate posts.
This first garden was out in the country
and was all about the view.

Can you just imagine sitting on this back deck
and having this gorgeous view every single morning.

This garden was established in the 1970s
and was a bare hill prior to the planting of hundreds of trees,
shrubs and perennial plants.

We normally have hot, sunny, windy weather
but this garden was so sheltered there was a lot of shade
and it was very protected from the wind.

It was so quiet and peaceful.

I loved the details on this bird bath.

And as you walked around the property
there were lots of secret garden areas.

This one led to an enclosed play area
with swings and a large grassy area.

And wherever you turned there were little surprises
that were such a delight.

The second garden we went to was the complete opposite of the first
as it was a xeriscape project.

This garden used native and drought tolerant plants
along with organic and rock mulch
which minizes the water use and time required
for maintenance of the landscape.

I loved the bright bunches of purple
that stood out so vividly against the rockscape.

They also had some cacti growing
and were just finishing blooming.

I hope you enjoyed these first two gardens.
I love how each garden is as unique as the gardener
who lovingly tends it.

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Beautiful gardens, you had a nice time I can see with your mother. I love this kind of outings and than later lunch provided in the same place.. can't beat that! I specially find beautiful tose rockscapes with the purple splashes, just lovely! Thanks for sharing and I loved your visit, you are wonderful! Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Alana, that sounds like a really fun way to spend the day with your mom and your daughter. I love the garden with the view. The setting and the types of flowers they were growing there were something that looks so enjoyable to me. Thanks for coming by and reading about my latest finds! I appreciate it.

  3. lovely gardens and beautiful flowers.purple flowers are so beautiful along with those small stones,thanks for sharing.

  4. What a fun thing for you to all go see gardens. They are lovely and varied, too.

    1. Every garden we saw was so unique - it was great :)

  5. That would be a lovely view while sipping morning coffee. I like the curved gate as well.

    1. That curved gate was hidden but such a delight when we saw it :)

  6. Amazing Photos! Very pretty, thank you for sharing!

  7. TY for the tour. It make my night so calm, just looking at the backyard. So serene.

    Happy w/end.
    /CC from Stockholm

    1. Thank you. It was so very peaceful and quiet there!

  8. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies might be in my oven here shortly! Two weakness for me...Love, love, love the garden tours. I use to go with my father when he was alive on garden tours in the Seattle are...make me really miss him now. I pray blessings all over you week end!

    1. What special memories those must be. I am sure you must have some fabulous gardens in your area. Thanks for stopping by :)

  9. What gorgeous gardens......the flowers are so beautiful as are all the decorations placed around!! So glad you had a great time!!
    Have a wonderful weekend:)


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