1. PLANT SALE AREA
The seasonal plant sale area is located next to the garden entrance.
2. RAIN GARDEN AND ALDER GROVE
The rain garden was designed especially for the entrance into the
garden. The creek bed directs water runoff from the parking area to
a small pond among the alders.
3. HERITAGE FLOWER GARDEN
The Heritage Flower Garden was inspired by Aunt Nettie's flower
garden which was full of shared plants from friends and neighbors.
Roses are in abundance, many are heritage climbing varieties.
Among the roses are peonies, heathers, irises and various
perennials. The backdrop to this garden includes many fruit and
ornamental trees. Look for Magnolia 'Elizabeth' with yellow
blossoms, blooming in the spring. An old growth Douglas fir tree
stands like a citadel over this garden.
4. ELIZABETH Fenzl Garden Room
As you move along the path to the Elizabeth Fenzl Garden Room,
notice the tree peonies, umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata),
eucriphia and the mature catalpa. This garden room has a feeling of
enclosure, a quiet retreat for relaxed sitting. Many hardy fuchsias
as well as some unusual shrubs and trees including Parrotia persica,
eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), and Pacific dogwood (Cornus
nuttallii), make up the walls of this garden. Wonderful old 'Nelly
Moser' clematis scrambles up a Rainier Cherry. Surrounding the
house are many established plantings such as rhododendron
'Cynthia', climbing hydrangea, aucuba japonica, magnolias, azaleas,
and many more flowering trees.
5. HOOP HOUSE AND NURSERY AREA
The hoop house and nursery area, which is closed to the public, is
used for propagating plants for the garden and plant sales.
6. VEGETABLE DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
A large vegetable demonstration garden has been developed. The
garden incorporates raised vegetable beds with paths 6-foot wide.
Fig, apple, and Italian plum trees have been planted, and along the
perimeter beds are blueberries, raspberries, aronia berry, rhubarb,
corn, beans, squash, and more. We're hopeful for large crops of
produce to help the local food bank.
7. LOUIE / CHRISTENSEN AVIARY
Stop by the aviary to listen to the soft sounds of the doves and to
enjoy the fabulous colors of the Asian pheasants, peafowl,
cockatiels, parakeets, quail, and of course the familiar chickens.
8. SCHAEFER POND GARDEN
The Pond Garden showcases many moisture loving plants,
including water lilies, gunnera and umbrella plant (Darmera
peltata) which blooms on bare stalks in spring. Look for the lions
head maple at the south end of the pond. Along with ducks one can
always find a reflection or two floating on the pond.
9. CARLMAS LONG BORDERS
Continuing down the incline are two opposing mixed borders
which extend down the slope approximately 500 feet. The
focus here is one of color and flows from cool to bright, sunny
tones. The use of opposite borders was inspired by garden
designer Gertrude Jekyll. A favorite specimen of visitors is the
banana tree located near the top of the north border, which
can reach 15-feet high each year before frost. Each fall it is
carefully wrapped for winter securing it for the promise of
spring. As you proceed down the kaleidoscope of color along
the south path be watching for the spectacular snake bark
maple, another favorite of guests. Other interesting plantings
include deciduous azaleas, wingthorn rose (Rosa sericea),
tamarisk tree, golden ninebark (Physocarpus), and Moroccan
broom (Cytisus battandieri).
10. OLE AND SARAH SKAGEN CEDAR GROVE
This area features a number of mature western red cedars.
Strolling along the lawn between the great giant trees brings
thoughts of storybook forests with tranquil glades.
Surrounding the Ole and Sarah Skagen Cedar Grove are a
number of kalmias with very distinctive flower clusters that
bloom in June. Pieris, Solomon seal, rhododendrons,
magnolia, viburnums, and camellias are abundant along the
paths in this area. Of special interest is the blue Aptos sequoia
near the path in the northeast area of this garden.
11. RAVINE GARDEN
The path to Soos Creek will take you through the Ravine
Garden where along with many native plants you will find
rhododendrons, pieris, hardy geraniums, Japanese maples,
and a fern garden.
12. OIE NATIVE WOODLAND
Just as you would expect, this area is truly woodland, devoted
to native plants, such as bleeding heart, trillium, twin flower,
fringe cup, licorice fern, sword fern, and more.
13. LEONARD AND OLIVE SKAGEN WOODS
This area is near the site of Leonard and Olive's long time
residence. Olive seeded this area with silver dollar plants
which sparkle in late summer and fall. Native plants such as
trilliums are still prevalent in this area.
14. SOOS CREEK HERITAGE CENTER
The heritage center is devoted to the farming life of the early
settlers on the Soos Creek plateau, a 35-square-mile area.
Many early photos, historical maps, and newspaper articles