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).
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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.
If you saw our slide show last week about the sale of Heronswood, the famed nursery garden near Seattle, you might be intersted in knowing the outcome. After the auction that was held on June 15, a buyer has been announced.
Last week, a plum tree was planted in Seattle. Local volunteers planted the tree in an undeveloped field that will soon be dense with lots more trees, on a sloping seven-acre swath of land in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The forager-friendly garden will be called Beacon Food Forest, and it promises to feed, educate, and connect the community from its verdant perch just two miles from downtown Seattle. With a projected seven acres of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, it will be the nation's largest public edible landscape.
For diversity of size, form, foliage and flower color, it is hard to imagine any other group of plants matching rhododendrons and azaleas. We all know about the spectacular garden hybrids with their blinding colors and huge flower heads. But there is another remarkable group known as species rhododendrons, wild plants found growing naturally in the forests and mountains of the world, many of which make outstanding garden plants.
In 2007, Garden Design magazine awarded Seattle container designer Tina Dixon of Plants a la Cart, and her colleague Mike Jeppesen of Sammamish Landscape the annual Golden Trowel Award in the professional category for their renovation of the residential landscape owned by Tina and her husband Paul Stredwick.