Carolyn graciously gave us a tour of her gardens and let us purchase from her remaining nursery stock, which is primarily gorgeous grasses.
We carpooled down to Salem and I enjoyed the lively banter and conversation. Heather, Loree, Scott and I met up with Linda and her husband at the famed gardens. The weather gods spared us the rain and treated us to some sunshine after a week of wet. Here are some of my favorite spots in Carolyn's gardens:
|An array of hostas and a 'Ghost' Japanese Painted Fern|
|This bubbling water feature added a 'serene' element to the gardens|
|A 'Louie' White Pine set behind spirea and heucheras. I was delighted to finally see a mature 'Louie' White Pine. I have a baby in my own garden now. This tree is a great alternative to the popular 'Chief Joseph' pine.|
|Cappuccino Sedge provides a lovely bronze hue around the containers in this part of the gardens.|
|On the other side of Carolyn's home are gardens featuring taller grasses|
|Lovely paths, trimmed with color and dotted with artistic flair|
|Upside down, recycled glass bottles edged Carolyn's covered patio in the back|
|Inside the Patio, I found a gorgeous, unnamed hosta that I will have to find someday!|
|The most difficult part of the day was of course, making the decision as to which grasses would be coming home with me|
|The Path leading out of the back and into front where we loaded up our goods. How many different types of grasses can you count in this picture?|
I have been very interested in adding grasses to my garden designs. I give full credit to Scott, for introducing the idea to me via his blog.
Grasses create seed heads, perfect for our feathered friends in the winter and the plant can retain a beautiful structure and foliage in the garden during the non-growing months.
|A fun piece of garden art near Carolyn's driveway, perfect for the bicycle lover!|
Many thanks to Carolyn for opening up her gardens and remaining nursery stock to us and to my fellow garden bloggers for making the day an event to remember.