U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sherri's Garden

The NPA Garden Tour on Bainbridge Island happened to fall on a very hot and bright day.
But, the gardens that we visited had shade corners for coolness and literally were just cool.
Here are some pictures of Sherri Wilson's 2-acre garden.

Frog Princess is a sure sign that there will be some surprises ahead!

This is what Sherri said about her garden in the NPA brochure:
"Inspired by Heronswood, my garden is a mixture of unusual trees, shrubs and perennials.
There is a raised-bed garden with a rusty grain auger fountain, a boxwood parterre with a pebble mosaic, and a greenhouse made of vintage windows.
Also a chicken coop, old apple orchard, and extensive mixed borders in both sun and shade."

Mature trees and inviting seating areas around the house can help to beat the summer heat.

 I really loved this cozy porch which is perfect for reading, morning coffee and refreshments.
But, let's wait for the latest, Sherri has an even better place for it!

Perfect pooch/foliage color coordination.

Cornus controversa shelters another seating area at the house.
What a beautiful canopy!

Everything that can hold soil can be used as a planter. 

Densely planted reliable perennials create colorful vibrant garden tapestries.

Unique auger fountain

My pictures don't reflect the attractiveness of the boxwood parterre.
The pebble mosaic was laid by Sherri's husband. I take my hat off to him! 

At some point, the northwestern style cottage garden suddenly turns to a southwestern-style succulent garden.
And what a garden it is! I could spend an hour there admiring the variety of healthy plump plants!
These were truly enjoying a dry hot day!

This is where succulents overwinter.  Vintage windows are used in this greenhouse.

Another Frog Princess!

I loved how Sherri arranged her treasures.
While there, I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Find one more frog...

Tomato plants can be a part of garden decor too!

Love this rustic cockerel water feature!

Wonderful abutilon

I noticed how well color-coordinated is this area, particularly the chairs, terracotta pots and some blooms.

Burro's Tail in a circle planter with strong verticals of tree trunks in the background - beautiful!

When we thought that we've seen it all, Sherri showed us one more structure.
She turned a corner of an old barn into an outdoor room that even has a bar!
Bravo, Sherri!
I am sure your guests enjoy tea or stronger drinks here!

Sherri said she bought the piece which serves as the bar top at a charitable auction on the island:

There are so many interesting collections here, like these teapots at the lovely window:

Isn't it a Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa), gracefully arching its stems and framing the picture?
One more look at the greenhouse:

Sherri's garden is full of interesting details that bring additional charm to the borders and plant beds.

One more accent that gives a warm countryside feeling to this garden - chickens!
Be careful, chickens! Apples can fall down from the heavily laden branch!

We left this garden in wonderful mood.
Thank you Sherri for opening your garden and for being such a good host!
Your garden is wonderful!

***Copyright 2015 TatyanaS


  1. Wow! Such a fab garden! Thanks for sharing your photos. I skipped the Bainbridge NPA gardens this year, so I'm grateful for you sharing your experience of touring them.

  2. Hi, Thanks for visiting Personal Jungle. I'd appreciate the saxifrage and other ground covers and can reciprocate with a few of my own if you'd like (creeping jenny, ajuga, creeping cotoneaster, crocosoma and others. I am on Fox Island.

  3. I was there that day, too, and it was a feast for the eyes! The bar used to be a horse barn. I could have stayed there all day but there were other gardens to see that day. As always, it was wonderful seeing the garden through your eyes, Tatyana! Thank you for sharing and thank you to Sherri for opening it up for us. Karen Mashburn

  4. That pebble mosaic is amazing! Love the succulents and the greenhouse, and everything else about this garden!

  5. Thank you for sharing this beautiful garden which is obviously the product of one plant obsessed! I enjoyed this garden almost as much as I enjoyed seeing you at the one previous to it on the tour!

  6. I have to buy that house. It is so beautiful and so peaceful and that shed is really something else.

  7. Ohhh, you showed us another wonderful garden. I was captured by the beautiful Cornus controversa 'Variegata', this one is already for years on my wishlist but I don't know where to plant......

  8. Tara DillardAugust 27, 2015

    Pebble mosaic is AMAZING

  9. Another fantastic garden to see there in the Pacific NW. I've just GOT to get up there some day!

  10. Dear Tatyana, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It took me quite a while to get to visit yours but I am finally here ;-).
    Now to your post: This is certainly a very special, interesting and personal garden! I just love the lushness of this place that the Pacific North West is so famous for, and rightly so! I think my favorite photo is the third one of the porch with the cool chair which is covered by an umbrella. Don't think I have seen anything like this. I really like that Sherri has placed so many accessories in her garden, it just gives it lots of interest and makes it sooo... unique. Thanks for featuring this garden on your blog, I truly enjoyed the tour.
    Warm regards,

  11. Where to start....the whimsy in the first shot was a perfect beginning. I need to find that lounge is what I have wanted....of course the garden is stunning but oh my that is a perfect green house.

  12. Thank you everyone for your comments! I hope Sherri will read them! Her garden deserves all the nice words that you wrote!

  13. What a beautiful garden. I bet she spends as much time as she can out there in her own paradise. Love the froggies.


Thank you for stopping by and for your comment! I appreciate your time! See you soon on your blog!

Blog Archive

Search This Blog

Follow by Email

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...



Abyssinian Banana Actaea s. Alaska Amaryllis Amur Maple Aquilegia Aralia Arizona Arundel Castle Gardens Autumn Bainbridge Island Gardens Before and After Berry Bird Houses Bloedel Reserve Blotanical Blue Poppy Book review Botanical Gardens Bouquets Butchart Gardens California Calla Canada Chanticleer Garden Clematis Coleus Colonial Gardens Conifers Containers Corydalis Dahlia Dan Klennert Desert Landscape DIG Dogs Dry creek bed Elandan Gardens End of Month View England Euphorbia Eze France Exotic garden Fall garden Far Reaches Farm Favorite plants Favorite plants. Tree Philodendron Fences Foliage Formal gardens Foxglove France Frankfurt Botanical Garden Front Garden Fuchsia Garden decor Garden elements Garden works Gardening Tips Gardens of nature Gardens to see Gardens to see (tours) Geraniums Germany GH Garden Tour Giveaway Giverny Gossler Farms Nursery Grasses Great Dixter Greenhouse gunnera Hampton Court Hawaii Garden Hellebores Herbs and Vegetables Heronswood Hidcote History of gardening Holidays Hops Hosta Hydrangea Illumination Italy Japanese maple Kew Lakewold Gardens Lavatera Lavender Leucosceptrum stellipilum ‘Ogon' Little and Lewis Garden Lobelia tupa Meconopsis Melianthus major Minter Gardens Missouri Botanical Garden Mount Vernon My Garden My Open Garden MY PICTURE OF THE DAY Neighborhood NPA Open Gardens NWFGS Old Goat Farm Orchids Oregon PalmenGarten Pampas grass Peony Perennials Plant ID Poppy Problem areas Recipes Rhododendron Rock garden Romneya c. Russia and Russian Art Sarah P. Duke Gardens Serre de la Madone (Lawrence Johnston) Shade Garden Shrubs Sissinghurst Sky Watch Slope garden Slugs Spring/Summer garden Stachys Succulents Summer/Fall garden Texas Arboretum The Garden of Great Depression Tree Peony Trees Trips Tulip Festival Uncategorized Vegetable garden Villa Cimbrone WA Weigela Wells Medina Nursery White garden Wild animals Wild flowers Wineries Winter and winter garden Wordless Wednesday Yang's Garden and Nursery
Copyright 2009-2019 TatyanaS, MySecretGarden Blog


Thank you! Best 130 Gardening Blogs