One of the best things about Floretum is getting to see the private gardens of Floretum members.
These tours are not open to the public — a good reason to join! However, we gladly share these photos with you from members’ gardens.
Photos by Floretum volunteers Linda Murray and Sarah Freudiger
Each corner of Tia’s garden is a perfect tableau, artistically arranged, with intriguing plants and design in mind. The site is steep and has a beautiful view, but the garden is definitely the star.
Hostas, hostas, and more hostas. In fact, some 600 hostas, nearly all in pots, create this unique and stunning garden. They are set off by mirrors on fences that feel like windows, garden art, and clever pathways.
Darlene is a collector — of more than 100 unique Japanese maples, watering cans, fence art, hand-blown glass globes in the pond, statuary, and more. Every angle of her garden is stunning, from the overlook on the deck at the top of this steep, steep lot, to the secret sitting area down below overlooking the pond. It’s a haven, as long as you’re not the one doing the weeding and maintenance!
This is a large lot, with extensive zones for veggies, flowers, and a rain garden, as well as a fish tank, patio area, seating under a shady tree, and cleverly disguised fences.
This garden in the Edmonds Bowl is cleverly designed as a backyard haven, with mature plantings, creative pathways, and NO GRASS!
We got to see Linda’s garden three times last year — in early spring, mid-summer, and late summer — and it was all superlatives. This spring was no exception. There’s constantly something blooming, the flowers are bursting out of their beds, and all around the property, giant trees provide a peaceful canopy over the scene. Right smack in the center is a patio with tables and chairs where you can relax as you take in this 360-degree botanical wonderland.
Sharon has the perfect backdrop — a simple white fence — that sets off her black and magenta hollyhocks. Every corner of her front garden draws you in, from the purple
clematis climbing the front porch to the abundant
hydrangeas and nasturtiums.
Joyce J’s garden is a peaceful haven near the Sound, presided over by a giant birch tree that was imported as a seedling from Sweden.
Blooming beds curve gracefully around a lush lawn. Along one fence are potatoes, green veggies and berries, and everywhere you look are striking pieces of garden art.
Joyce’s raised vegetable beds will make anyone want to eat their veggies. She grows them in orderly raised beds with gravel walkways in between, but that’s the only concession to ease of care. These veggies are hand-watered! The surrounding landscape is peaceful and gracious.
Sitting on the deck at Janice’s is reminiscent of the old days, when summer was a time to relax and sip lemonade and socialize with the neighbors. That impression belies the incredible amount of work that has gone into this garden, beginning with the huge task of limbing up many of the trees to create clear upper and lower levels of vegetation.
Dolores shows what you can do with no land whatsoever. Her garden is entirely in pots and planters on the patio!