Ione and Emmott Chase's home in Washtington State was meant to be a simple place to retire, but tending the 4.5 acre "yard" became a passion for them both. Now, more than half a century later, it is an inspiration for all gardeners.
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Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) is a West Coast native that flourished under Ione Chase’s care, even though it’s typically hard to cultivate, given its reluctance to seed, need for good drainage, and fleshy taproot that resists transplanting.