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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

My Visit To the Enchanted Garden of Patricia and Scott Bergford in Olympia, WA

These are the pictures from my visit to the beautiful garden of Patricia and Scott Bergford in Olympia, Washington state.


This is how Patricia describes their place:
"Inspired by 'Le Jardin du Cinque Sense' in an old French monastery, our Cottage style gardens cover about three acres, with two additional acres for our Hereford cattle and a miniature donkey named Mr. Ed. As the French name suggests, there is a lovely variety of smells, sounds, tastes, textures and sights to inspire and delight.
We offer a lovely formal English garden, mature topiaries, large organic vegetable gardens, 50 mature fruit trees, a secret garden swing at the end of the bamboo walk. Additionally, there are many discoveries to be made in the large strolling garden, featuring rare perennials, a large variety of ornamental trees, and a plant collector's bounty of hydrangeas. The rose collection features hybrid teas as well as old roses, climbers, ramblers, and miniatures. The clematis is allowed to ramble freely through the arbors, lilac trees, and mature roses."


As Patricia said, there were just a couple of azalea plants and a rose bush when they bought a farm 40 years ago. What we see now is certainly a labor of love. The garden is absolutely stunning.
It evoked feelings similar to those that I experienced while visiting famous gardens of England. 
Old moss-covered trees, abundance and enormous variety of plants including old-time favorites, tasteful garden decor, hidden corners with all type of treasures...




The timing of the visit was perfect - blooms were prolific - plentiful and luxurious!





An English garden at its best, with traditional structure, clipped hedges, sculptures, ornamental trees and shrubs, beautiful mix of perennial and annual plants.






Charming garden shed reflected the garden owner's artistic nature.



Little lovely details could be found everywhere.



Delphiniums were mesmerizing...


Garden tables, chairs and benches invited visitors to stop, sit and absorb the surrounding beauty.




This creature greeted visitors with long and loud shouts.













 The Giant Himalayan Lily, Cardiocrinum giganteum, is going to bloom (it flowers once in seven years).


Roses  - so many varieties.... healthy and beautiful.




I spotted several plants of Crambe cordifolia with their airy clouds of tiny white blooms. 
Mine never bloomed...

I loved all the water features













Old farm house is as charming as the garden.









The huge trees on the property are Big Leaf Maples.


Here is Crambe again, very appropriate in the background of this lovely statue.










Poppies, poppies everywhere... my favorites.


Some plants were blooming and others made me guess how the garden will look in July and August.


Textures, textures...


Together with Delphinium, Eremurus, Foxtail Lily, was certainly a star!




Garden includes apple, pear, plum, apricot, peach trees and different varieties of berries.



Garden gates, arbors, arches lead you from one corner of the garden to another, promising new wonders ahead.



This fellow managed to indulge on the fresh greenery.

Obviously, I am very partial to Crambe...

So romantic...



The vegetable garden was not less interesting and exciting as the flower garden.









 The greenhouses: His and Hers













If I was a chicken, I wouldn't mind living here...


I was very touched and emotionally uplifted by the beauty and naturalness of Patricia and Scott's garden, and so grateful to them for allowing us to explore it!
The amount of time and effort behind it makes me appreciate this garden even more.
Thank you, Patricia and Scott!


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