First stop of the day: Lorene Edwards Forkner's garden, author of Handmade Garden Projects so of course her garden was packed with cleverly reused items along with beautiful plantings.
Also included was a very cute airstream trailer garden retreat.
Next we were on to Kate Farley's garden. The beyond saturated corner of the garden got the most attention.
I kind of preferred the quieter corners where one could discover little hidden details.
I love that stumps and snags were left for birds to enjoy.
The garden shed/greenhouse was the coolest. Perfectly aged and rustic.
The collections of stones and construction remnants were beautifully put together.
By the time we got to the last garden, I don't know if I was feeling sick from the heat or just wasn't inspired by the garden. I've always had a hard time enjoying the sanitary whiteness of chinese gardens. Here are the best vignettes I could come up with for the Seattle Chinese Gardens. The architecture has beautiful details but it was just too hot to enjoy all that reflective white hardscape.
I love how they cleverly screened the water catchment with bamboo.
There were a few nice scenes outside of the Chinese Garden too.