A look at Jason Gamrath’s work that will be on display at Art in Bloom. Photo Jason Gamrath
“Old school” is how Michael Farndale described the look of his nondescript front yard in Bothell, Wash., before he began transfroming it three years ago. After having it professionally hardscaped with walkways, stepping stones and rockscapes, he set out on his own to create a glorious Zen-like garden populated with plants native to the Pacific Northwest.
An early frost coats each blade of grass and every twig in this silvery landscape. Photo by Jerry Harpur.
The Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden, tucked away in a quiet suburb of Seattle, was carved out of native woodland on a rocky slope overlooking Puget Sound by the original owner, Mrs. Miller (1929-1994).The forest of the coastal Pacific Northwest is distinctive for its canopy of towering, evergreen conifers, primarily Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii),western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and western red cedar (Thuja plicata).
Click here to see a photo gallery of Ione and Emmott Chase's garden.
Seattle waited seven years for its new sculpture park to be completed, and when it opened on a sunny weekend in January of 2007, people turned out in droves. And no wonder. The nine-acre site, long a contaminated industrial blight along the city’s shoreline, has been transformed into a sophisticated urban green space by the New York firm of Weiss/Manfredi. Their design for the Olympic Sculpture Park crosses highway and train tracks to link a hip, urban neighborhood to the city’s working waterfront.