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).
The late Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland founded their estate, Mt. Cuba in Delaware, in 1935. During the 1960s, their concern for the fast-disappearing native wildflowers of the Piedmont region prompted them to start wildflower gardening. Today, as a nonprofit organization, Mt. Cuba Center’s historic formal gardens around the house contrast with a beautiful 630-acre estate of rural meadows and native woodlands. In keeping with the founders’ philosophy, Mt. Cuba’s woodlands are strictly native, and the trees are deciduous.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, a self-taught gardener (who watched a lot of gardening shows on television!) turned a hilly, "unbuildable" property into a dreamy woodland landscape, complete with waterfalls and several ponds.
When Douglas Miller, a Landscape Architect who graduated from Michigan State University, first stepped foot on this Somerset, Maryland property the home was facing an identity crisis. Much like a counselor helps his patients embrace their true selves, Miller helped the owner establish a cohesive exterior style. “Originally plastic shutters flanked the windows and the trim was painted a bright white,” he points out. These Colonial details were not doing the home justice, so Miller suggested switching to a cottage style.