Gardening in the Pacific Northwest is full of challenges and opportunities. With plenty of rain and rich soil, gardeners in Washington and Oregon can grow lush plants without a struggle. However, they must also contend with a shortage of sunny days. Check out the gardens below to see excellent examples of what is possible in Seattle, Portland and beyond.

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A Tropical Makeover for a Small GardenAn overgrown garden in Portland is simplified and tidied, resulting in a comfortable and calm retreat.
Simplicity & Structure Rule in This Small GardenA tiny, narrow lot in Eugene, Oregon becomes a pocket-size garden full of treasures.
Going Beyond the Straight and NarrowA sliver of backyard space in Portland is transformed into a multifunctional outdoor living area.
My Garden: A Naturalistic Garden Welcomes the Birds and the BeesThis Portland garden is home to birds, bees, bugs, and more. It’s also boasts plants that are beautiful and kind to the environment.
Front Yard Makeover: A Winter Jewel BoxSee how a Portland gardener turns her problematic sloped shade garden into a winter jewel box of hellebores and Lenten rose hybrids.
My Garden: Call Of The WildA weekend home in the high desert of central Oregon features a several-acre garden with a formal perspective.
Portland Garden by a Dream Team of Eco-Friendly DesignersThe owners of this Portland, Oregon, garden want to connect people with the Earth.
Portland's International Rose Test GardenPortland's Rose Society was founded in 1889, and the city's collection of hybrids, floribundas, and grandifloras has been growing ever since.
Now and Zen: The Portland Japanese GardenThe Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon continues its visionary path in design.


A Garden for Food and WildlifeA Pacific Northwest gardener creates a suburban sanctuary for growing food and nurturing wildlife.
Terraced Garden Serves as an Urban RetreatA small Seattle property in need of an identity gets personalized outdoor rooms that delight the senses.
My Garden: Working with Nature to Reinvent a Front YardAn “old school” grassy front yard in Bothell, Washington is transformed into a thriving Zen-like retreat.
My Garden: An Eclectic Garden Delights with Unexpected SurprisesFor ten years, these homeowners have worked on their Woodinville, Washington garden. Now that it’s complete, people are taking notice.
My Garden: An Ever-Changing Therapy GardenA gardener creates a place of rest and revival on her Kennewick, Washington property.
Bed, Breakfast, and Beautiful GardensVisiting Sea Cliff Bed & Breakfast in Port Angeles, WA, feels like stepping into a painting.
Great Gardens: Thrill of the Chases How Ione and Emmott Chase turned a parcel of former logging land into one of western Washington's most celebrated public gardens.
The Plant Hunter's RetreatThe private garden of master collector, and founder of the cultishly adored Heronswood Nursery, Dan Hinkley.
The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical GardenTucked away in a quiet suburb of Seattle, this garden was was carved out of native woodland on a rocky slope overlooking Puget Sound.
Earth Meets Art in SeattleSeattle's Olympic Sculpture Park is a sophisticated urban green space featuring 80,000 mostly Northwest plants.
Lakewold: A Garden for All SeasonsWhether you visit Lakewold Gardens in the dead of winter or the peak of summer, this Pacific Northwest horticultural haven offers beautiful blooms and hidden discoveries during every season.
Seattle Garden Unites a Melting Pot of StylesDescribed by visitors as “serene, peaceful, and relaxing,” Tatyana Searcy’s lush half-acre garden, located on a peninsula west of Seattle across the Puget Sound, belies its rocky beginnings.

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