If you’ll be in the Portland area this Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 4pm, mark your calendar for the ANLD’s (Association of Northwest Landscape Designers) 12th Annual Designers Garden Tour to get some great landscaping ideas. Here’s what I saw when I got a sneak peek of these seven fantastic eastside gardens last week.
The Wagner garden is a lush Asian-inspired retreat in Clackamas. Four-season interest is a high priority for owner/designer Helena Wagner.
The delightful garden writer Beverley Nichols once wrote, “A garden without water is not a garden at all.” This essential element is expertly integrated into the Wagner garden. The waterfall blends in seamlessly with its surroundings.
The Langeliers garden in southeast Portland, designed by Lucy Hardiman and Susan LaTourette, is a study in textures. This was especially evident when the sun peeked through the clouds and an island bed planted with euphorbia, cryptomeria, eryngium, sedum, Russian sage, maiden grass, and yucca was lit up from behind.
How do you feel about whimsy in the garden? I think the key is keeping it subtle—allowing the visitor to discover something silly. Did you see the bird at first glance?
In the Hannan garden, we again see the value of water in even the smallest of spaces. This simple black fountain adds movement, sound, contrast, and the mystical appeal of H2O.
I hadn’t ever thought of painting a garden wall this dreamy shade of blue. How soothing it must be to look at during our drizzly Portland winters!
The King garden, designed by Bruce Hegna, showed me the largest trident maple (Acer buergerianum) I’d ever seen, and taught me that there are special blends of turf made to resist the insults of dog pee. Neither of these is shown in this photo, but the garden is pretty, too.
I loved this dry creek bed installed by Jaylene Walter. I soon learned that Jaylene is in high demand for her expert landscape installation skills.
The Ohlson garden, designed by Amy Whitworth, also features the handiwork of Jaylene Walter. The sidewalk was cut up and recycled in the paving. Kristin Ohlson is a bit of a rock hound, and Amy said that a lot of the stones used here were ones that Kristin had brought with her when she moved here from Ohio!
Red accents liven up this space, and edibles (artichokes) make great ornamentals.
The Bebernes-Gawf garden in northeast Portland, designed by Alyse Lansing, beckons from the sidewalk with glass and cedar garden art by a local artist, Garden Art by James.
The piece in the back garden looks like candy!
The Mauch garden, designed by Barbara Hilty, is a soothing green space beneath the trees. This uncommon tree is Stewartia monadelpha. It has smaller flowers than the more popular S. pseudocamellia, and I thought it was a mockorange at first glance.
The Mauch garden also had the beefiest, healthiest clumps of Beesia deltophylla I’d ever seen. What a beautiful foliage plant for shade.
The tour on June 18 is sponsored by Al’s Garden Center, the Portland Water Bureau, and Honl Tree Care, among others. Tickets are $25, and the proceeds help to fund ANLD’s scholarship program for aspiring landscape designers attending local community colleges. Visit the ANLD website for more details.