Category Archives: They Got it Right

They Got It Right…The Dunn Gardens…Seattle, Wa

Sculpture at Dunn Gardens

Sculpture at Dunn Gardens

I recently had the pleasure of a tour of the beautiful Dunn Gardens.  This Olmsted designed residential garden is exceptional, unique, and about to celebrate its centennial! It is truly as they bill it on their website…”A Historic treasure in the city of Seattle.”  http://dunngardens.org/

As a gardener’s note, I visited in the very challenging late winter/early spring when most gardens are hard pressed to be presentable. However, the season did not slow this garden at all; the structure, plant selection, and maintenance of this garden make it a triumph in any season. I’m very excited to see it in full summer bloom.

A Fantasy of pink blooms highlighted against a spring sky.

A fantasy of pink blooms highlighted against a spring sky. (Rododendron mucronulatum, Cornell pink)

The scent of Daphnes is  one reasonable revenge against the gloom of late winter. (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

The scent of a Daphne is one reasonable revenge against the gloom of late winter. (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

Single Hellebore (five petals vs 10 or more)

Single Hellebore (five petals vs 10 or more)

Double Hellebores

Double Hellebore

Seed Pod of Giant Himalayan Lily (Cardiocrinum giganteum)

Seed Pod of Giant Himalayan Lily (Cardiocrinum giganteum)

 

They Got It Right…Tuscon, AZ

 

The Spectacular “Dove of the Desert”

They Got it Right…First Hill, Seattle , WA

The View from the Sidewalk

The View from The Sidewalk

I was scouting around First Hill for my photos of urns when I spotted this eye-catching arrangement of flowers. As I was photographing, I started chatting with a gentleman who related to me that he and his grandfather are the gardeners. Would I like to take a look? …Behind the gate this is what I saw:

A Wonderful Abundance of Flowers

A Wonderful Abundance of Flowers

A Close Up of Some of the Flowers

A Close-up of Some of the Flowers

These two men have taken what could have been a fairly plain concrete patio and made it into a colorful treat for everyone walking by and especially for tenants of the building. The varieties of plants and flowers are impressive and they are all so well-tended, not a yellow leaf to be seen. This garden is a triumph. First Hill, Seattle, WA, USA

They Got It Right…Index, WA

 

Bush House, Index, WABush House, Index, WA

Bush House, Index, WA

Bush House, Index, WA

It was with great trepidation that I recently visited one of my favorite towns, Index, WA. I was concerned because it’s been too long since my last visit and at that time one of my favorite structures the Bush House hotel had been closed and looking like it was in serious need of restoration. So when I pulled into town I was steeled for the worst…

Well, what a wonderful surprise! Not only is the beautiful Bush House hotel still there, it is having a glorious restoration. The owners look to be doing a thorough, sensitive, and historically accurate restoration, that will return this 1898 gem to its productive and  honored place in the community.  Index, WA, USA. Eclectic  Commercial 1898

 

They Got It Right…Courtyard Garden Building

I was on a shoot in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle (the Central District), when I happened upon this fantastic courtyard garden building. The building colors were clearly selected to work well with the garden. The garden  is well planned and executed. The fountain and statuary are unique and visually exciting. The plant list is impressive, Southern Magnolias, Boxwood, Italian Cypress, all lend a structure that will be attractive in any season.

Beautiful buildings make happy tenants. One friendly gentleman who lives here is an expert in orchids and he invited me to shoot a specimen that he had put in the garden to catch some sun. Click on the thumbnails to get a closer look at what would be a wonderful place to live. Central District, Seattle, WA, USA, 1920