Another delightful garden tour, thanks to generous local gardeners! Click here for the slideshow!
This property was purchased 24 years ago from another local physician with a love of gardening. Stunning views of Puget Sound abound while being surrounded by various forms of art. Large Styrofoam mushrooms pop out at you unexpectedly. By the hot tub, a very large basalt water feature adds to the magic of the setting. There is a quasi Asian feel to the property derived from the large rocks, almost 100 bonsai cultivated, pruned and loved--some for more than 40 years--and rhododendrons, as well as the more unusual species purchased from Heronswood. From the bonsai nursery at the far north end of the property there is a secret trail through the woods ending suddenly at the cliffside overlooking Puget Sound.
Parking to enter the garden is from 12th Ave. NW. Visitors may park at Syre Elementary School and walk south on the path to the other side of this divided street. Or, park on 12th Ave. NW off of Richmond Beach Rd. Parking is limited close to the house. The garden gate entrance is on the west side of 12th NW at the end of a dead end street. The gate faces the residence at 19204 12th Ave. NW. Signs will be posted on 12th.
The McHenry garden comprises roughly one acre surrounding a 1926 home. This garden is about the love of herbaceous perennials, their patterns, shapes, and colors. Surrounded by tall cedars and firs, garden paths lead from a newish fern garden, down to a shady patio, and on to a stumpery started during the Covid winter. (If you are not sure what a stumpery is, come find out!) In front of the house, walks take you to a sunny perennial border, the pond, a hosta garden, and further woodland trails featuring native plants. This is a garden to discover.
This is the hidden jewel of Richmond Beach. 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 make your way to the lower meadow and the Pacific Northwest Native Plant Demonstration Garden where there are many signs to help you identify the plants. Be sure to checkout the ‘Wood Wave’ in the Children’s Discovery Garden. It’s a four-ton sculpture, by artist Bruce Johnson, made form a 1,000 year old redwood tree. Climbing on the sculpture is allowed and a good way to experience the sculpture.
This house has been here since 1891, and is definitely the oldest house on the tour. During the 1920s and 1930s it was a berry farm, and the outbuilding where the berries were processed still stands on the east side of the yard. As you enter, a Japanese Golden Full Moon maple greets you on your right. As you follow the driveway down toward the rain garden, you'll see an enclosure on your left, a "catio" the owners built so their cats could enjoy the outdoors. On your right are calendulas. (The large outbuilding houses a model railroad.) Ahead of you is the rain garden featuring native plants: serviceberry, red-twig dogwood, a vine maple and lots of tough-leaf Oregon iris. Next you turn up the hill, walking past the large wiegela and rhododendron on one side and lots of iris on the other. The boxes at the top of the slope hold the vegetable gardens, and the northeast corner garden holds two dogwoods and a couple of large camellias. More iris line the front walk on your way out.
The owners moved in 19 years ago and the garden has been in transition ever since. Deborah has transformed the garden over the years. The upper garden is an herbal garden that transitions to a grassy area which is now occupied by 12 noisy and beautiful chickens. The chicken addition was the result of something to do during COVID. A huge corkscrew willow shadows over the chicken coup. Don't miss a small pond with four gold fish swimming around. Deborah's passion is to grow things she likes to eat, if rabbits don't eat it first. Edibles are integrated with perennials to create an eclectic and lovely scene. From the upper grassy area take the steps down to the V section where you can wander thru whimsical art pieces, a fire pit, blueberries, strawberries and a fig tree. This area was lawn until 3 years ago. Don’t miss the impressive kiwi vine over the arbor on the south side.
The front yard of this house is fairly Pacific Northwest in style and planting, but it transitions to an Asian style in the back. Mixed with traditional Japanese style plantings of maples and a pine, there are plantings in the rockery hardy enough to take the summer heat yet evoke an Asian feeling at the same time. A stone tsukubai provides water for birds as well as music to the ear. The addition of a gazebo gives one the feeling of being IN the garden, as opposed to looking AT it from the courtyard below. Be sure to check out the different views!
Suburban farmers oasis tucked near the beach with a multifunctional design that is true farm to table living. Open, spacious, and organized with diverse long term edible plantings including fruit trees, vines, and bushes. This outdoor living space includes five large raised beds, multiple planting beds, lush lawn and seating areas. Don’t miss the whimsical fairy stump. Our 4 year old journey is still a budding garden that will be maturing for years to come.
The owners moved in 18 years ago and inherited a large side yard with big rocks and trees and a view of the sound. 2 of the trees are unusual for this area and were planted by a previous owner who was a local known expert in horticulture. A Camperdown elm, a weeping elm with gorgeous twisted branches, and a Coulter pine native of the coastal mountains of Southern California. It is known for it’s huge pine cones that are used as decorations. The garden has evolved around the trees and the rocks with selected plantings and sculptures.
Ornamental plums and a cheerful flower bed welcome you to the Weber Home, where fragrant wisteria overhang the driveway rockwall, and a mossy brick path leads past hydrangea, dahlias, hardy fuchsias, and Choisya ternata (Mexican Mock Orange) to the backyard. Just through the arched gate, a stunning view of Puget Sound awaits. Herbaceous borders of nepeta, peonies, grasses, azaleas, and roses frame the lawn of the lower yard. A dramatic stone staircase leads up to the patio...with a waterfall beckoning you up to the top level. Passing the bocce ball court and newly refurbished stone wall, you'll soon be greeted by the Coop Gals (six egg-laying hens) - on your way to check out the vibrant veggie garden full of goodies. Descend to the forested trail via the southern stone steps, viewing "Calabasa Hill", before admiring the Moss Rose, commonly called an "English Tea Rose", propagated in the 1880's by the homeowner's great-grandparents. Continue on down for a peek at the Apiary - two busy beehives: one conventional, the other a FlowHive from Australia. Garden Design by Terry Hershey (Cotswold Garden). Landscape & Stonework by Jose Hernandez & Co. Garden Glass Art by local artist, Bob Rice, of Edmonds. Chicken Coop by Saltbox Designs (Berg Danielson, Bainbridge Island).
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Revisit the 2020 Garden tour on our YouTube channel Richmond Beach TV, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmwcCXTkvse9tge80vmI0Ww
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