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The Dobson Garden on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt! August 30, 2011

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The Dobson Garden

Have you seen the Dobson garden on Sunset’s garden blog, Fresh Dirt?  Jim McCausland’s terrific article and photos offer a great view of the peaceful courtyard garden.  If you would like to know more, check out our earlier post on the space here.  Careful observers will note changes between our photos and Jim’s.  Like any great garden, Ted and Nancy are always refining their space, and we think it’s better than ever right now!

The Dobson garden will be on the Hardy Plant Study Weekend Tour next June.  More information on the Study Weekend to come.

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Four Views of the Coast Garden August 12, 2011

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Isn’t it amazing how physical perspective can change a garden?  Below are four views of the same section of the garden we built on Coos Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet Entry Garden August 5, 2011

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The photos below show just one part of a multi-phase project that we think is fast becoming our best garden so far.  Our goal for this entry garden was to create a serene, simple design that allows focus on the beautiful trunks of the Oregon White Oaks and the clean, contemporary lines of the house and entryway.  From the driveway, visitors pass from a bold, colorful street planting, through hedge of golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) into a quiet, sweeping, sword fern garden, with a few small trees and some Fargesia rufa, a clumping bamboo.  Our favorite hardscape feature of the garden may be our drystack stone wall along the driveway (see a slideshow of its construction here).  An ipe deck and boardwalk float over the fern garden, past a huge basalt bowl, to the front door.

While other areas of the garden feature diverse plantings and bold foliage, this garden focuses on the essentials.  Although, this garden is largely a passageway, as opposed to an area to entertain, it seems to have a profound effect on visitors.  Rather than rushing through the garden, the simple design encourages people to pause for a moment and enjoy a quiet moment, appreciating the view.

This is another garden that will be included on next June’s Study Weekend tour.  For more information, stay tuned here or contact the WVHPG.