A Pacific Horticulture Society tour
June 11-17, 2018
Escorted by Greg Graves

Join us for a visit to the city of Seattle to visit top public and private
gardens of the Emerald  City and surrounding towns and islands.

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Monday, June 11: Seattle  Individual arrivals. Check into the
Mayflower Park Hotel for a six night stay. The hotel is centrally
located in the heart of downtown Seattle walking distance to Pikes
Place Market, the Waterfront, museums, shops and numerous restaurants. Meet the other guests
tonight in the Mayflower Park's Oliver room for a welcome drink followed by dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, June 12:  Seattle  After a leisurely breakfast, we depart from
the Mayflower Park for a a private tour with the head gardener of the
Chihuly Garden. The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is the
Glasshouse. A 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square
feet of light-filled space, the Glasshouse is the result of Chihuly’s lifelong
appreciation for conservatories. The design of the Glasshouse draws
inspiration from two of his favorite buildings: Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and
the Crystal Palace in London. The Glasshouse has an expansive 100-ft
long sculpture in a palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber.  

Next we will have a Food and Cultural tour of world renowned
Pikes Place
. We will be treated to several tastings including crab cakes,
chowder, and cheese.

This afternoon we will explore
Streissguth Gardens, an urban oasis and
small, family-maintained garden on a steep hillside, this little-known gem in
the middle of bustling Seattle offers amazing views of Lake Union, down-
town Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains. Plantings have been selected to
offer flowers every day of the year. Visitors enjoy winding trails, gurgling
ponds, and birdsong. Developed gradually over the course of more than
forty years, the gardens have grown from a tangled hillside to about an
acre of cultivated woodland and perennial beds.

Our final stop is
Miller Botanical Garden where we will sip a glass of wine
on the terrace as we enjoy the intensive horticultural displays. The garden
continues in the excellent traditions of gardening that Mrs. Miller insisted
upon with planting providing interest that delights the eye all year long. As
the seasons change, the highlights of one lead seamlessly into the next. The complex plantings and
select plant materials are intended to encourage others to look beyond the ordinary and to challenge
their skills as gardeners.   
Breakfast, tasting Lunch, Wine reception  

Wednesday, June 13: Vashon Island   Today we depart early and travel
by ferry to Vashon Island. We begin with a magical, modern woodland
garden. The owners,
Pat and Walt Riehl love ferns and traditional
stumperies made popular by Prince Charles at Highgrove. The garden has
a tunnel entry and grottos full of tree stumps with the wild romanticism and
dense, mossy nature of a rain forest. This is a quintessentially Northwest
woodland garden with a dramatic twist. Woodland plants grow between
roots and along the edges of the paths. Tree ferns are the garden's glory,
growing up to form a lacy understory beneath the taller trees. In winter
months, the owner wraps them snugly to protect them from winter cold.

Froggsong Garden is 3 acres tended and created by owners Steve and
Cindy Stockett.  The garden is done in the Northwest Formal style. This
consists of the relaxed style of an English perennial garden with the more formal structure of boxwood
elements. The garden hosts a long rose pergola, ponds, knot garden, cascading water features,
parterre, a stone ruin and new Earth Works garden. Froggsong has been featured in many
publications and calendars. We will enjoy a catered  lunch  in the garden.  

We have been invited to visit the garden of
Whit and Mary Carhart. Whit
spent many hours learning about plants—taking classes, going to
conferences, and volunteering at Miller Garden. His knowledge, combined
with the assistance of experts contributed to the creation of a fine
Japanese garden. Beds around the house contain hostas, mountain
laurels, May apples, saxifrages, ligularias, and bold textures. A “Woodland
Gazebo” has a stone gathering space circled by “posts” of towering
Douglas firs.  Plants are in tiers: Japanese maples and snowflake
viburnums stretch over ground cover collections of candlelabra, primroses,
and unusual ferns, alliums, astrantias, and lewisias, accented with golden
Japanese forest grass. The owner says, “We like eye stimulation,” such
as the coral colors of the gazebo chairs. Mary places artwork around the
garden. She found statues of running kids from an artist from Zimbabwe. The drier Upper Garden on
the hillside is planted with moor grasses, sedums, and manzanita. A pond, stream, and waterfall are
visible through a MoonGate.   
Breakfast, Lunch

Thursday, June 14:  Eastside     After breakfast our first visit is to Joanne
White’s garden. The garden is designed around three large ponds
connected by cascading waterfalls and fed by a year-round artesian
spring. The ponds were dug when the house was built in 1979 and the
garden began about ten years later. Much of the unique plant material
has come from specialty nurseries and some was chosen based upon its
ability to survive and thrive in the blue clay that forms the basis for the
property: dawn redwood, willow, primrose, Japanese iris, and Gunnera
manicata which reaches gargantuan proportions by summer’s end. At
the entry, a massive arbor blends with the post and rail fencing that
surrounds the accompanying pastures. Throughout the garden is an assortment of art including a
freestanding granite moon gate and a perpetually moving wheel by Andrew Carson.

Denise Lane says "Over 25 years of intense planting and furnishing
"garden rooms" with unique hardscape and art has created a one of a
kind large garden. A wide variety of growing conditions (wet boggy clay
and dry gravel, shade and brilliant sun) allows unusual plants to coexist
with bird friendly natives. Beautiful vistas and picture perfect combinations
of texture and color echoes surround a custom entertainment terrace
with fire trough." Denise has invited us for lunch in the garden.

Bellevue Botanic Garden, our next stop is an urban refuge,
encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and
natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the
Pacific Northwest.  The Interactive Garden lets visitors find information
about plants and gardening using personal mobile devices or computers.
Bellevue’s demonstration of good garden design and horticulture techniques inspires visitors to
create their own beautiful, healthy gardens.

Our last visit will be to either the private garden of
Kathy and Ed Fries,  or we’ll have a docent led
tour of
Kubota Garden. There are twenty acres of hills and valleys, streams, waterfalls, ponds, rock
outcroppings and an exceptionally rich and mature collection of plant material.

This urban refuge took over 60 years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family. Fujitaro
Kubota was an emigrant from the Japanese Island of Shikoku. He established the Kubota Gardening
Company in 1923. He designed and installed gardens throughout the Seattle area.  
Breakfast, Lunch

Friday, June 15:  Bainbridge Island   Sherri Wilson’s garden
encompasses two acres, and was started 25 years ago.  It was on the
Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour in 2001.  The borders are a mixture of
perennials, shrubs and trees, along with a vegetable garden (complete
with a grain auger fountain), berry area, chicken coop and greenhouse
made of vintage windows.

Heronswood Garden  was founded in 1987, by Dan Hinkley,
orticulturalist and Robert Jones, architect. Dan  made over 35 trips wild-
collecting plants from all over the world. He is a popular speaker renowned
for his entertaining and informative photographic presentations.
Heronswood Nursery became a successful well known  source of rare,
unusual plants and made many introductions of new species and cultivars,
In 2000, the business was sold to Burpee. Dan and Robert remained to
run the business and garden until June of 2006, when Burpee abruptly
closed the nursery, and liquidated or relocated most of the plant materials. In August of 2012, the Port
S’Klallam Tribe purchased the parcel at auction. A strong volunteer effort led by Dan began
restoration of the garden. It is now maintained by a small staff and crew under Dan's direction.

We will enjoy a picnic lunch  before our tour of the famed
Bloedel Reserve. Bloedel is an
internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve. The founder’s vision was “to provide
refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.” The Reserve’s mission is to “enrich
people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest
landscapes.” The garden is a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens,
including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden and Reflection Pool.   
Breakfast, Lunch

Saturday, June 16:  South End   Today our first stop is a visit to the
private garden of
Daniel Sparler, which is a Northwest treasure filled with
unusual plants. Daniel calls the garden an assault of three dimensions,
depth and color.   

Powells Wood Garden, a Northwest pleasure garden has a series of
exquisite hedges which define several distinct garden rooms graced with
more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials. The
woodland and shade gardens demonstrate how private landowners can
use natural land features to develop stunning landscapes. We'll stroll
down the walking paths next to a meandering stream and pond.     
Next we travel to the
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of
Rhododendron species. Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world,
the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America,
Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia.

We continue to the tropical garden of
Julia Graham. The site is plagued
by poor soil so  Julia turned to tropical plants for their ability to thrive in the
solar heat reflected from the swimming pool's deck. To overcome the soil
problem, she put the plants in containers ― mostly glazed pots whose blue-
green color echoes the water and the pool's tile. The cool tones also set
off the plants' hot-colored foliage. Each pot is fringed by cascading plants.
To give the plantings height, Julia included cannas and hardy bananas.   
Next  we'll see
Camille Paulsen's  lovely small garden with views of  
Mt Rainier.

We end the day at
Old Goat Farm where Greg and his partner Gary are
hosting us for our farewell farm-to-table dinner and a tour. Quite by
accident, they discovered this beautiful little place while plant shopping
with a good friend. It is located just outside Orting, WA, tucked below
Mt. Rainier. They fell in love and a few months later they became the owners. Their goal is to offer
well-grown garden plants that are showcased in their garden. We will enjoy dinner al fresco in the
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday, June 17:  Independent departures   Breakfast    

Tour Price:  $2490  per person based on double occupancy for members of Pacific Horticultural
Society     $ 898  single supplement, $18 per person supplement for a room with 2 beds (deluxe room)
•        6 nights accommodation at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Classic Rooms
•        Welcome reception, 2 dinners, 6  breakfasts, 5  lunches
•        Transportation by private motorcoach
•        Escorted by Greg Graves
•        All entrance fees as per itinerary
•        Gifts to private garden owners
•        $250 donation to Pacific Horticulture Society
•        Taxes and service charges
•        Tip to your driver

Not included:
•        Airfare
•        Items and events not listed in itinerary
•        Travel Insurance

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