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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

'Bainbridge in Bloom' Garden Tour: "Expansive Private Park"

These are some pictures of the place where I would like to return one day. It was the 30th and last 'Bainbridge in Bloom' Garden Tour. I hope that this and other island garden owners will be willing to open their gardens for us in another venue such as the Northwest Perennial Alliance.

Cassie and Doug's countryside estate left many of the visitors, including me, excited, surprised, inspired and grateful.
If you like cottage style gardens with rustic and vintage flavor, you will like it too!

The next several pictures show the guest cottage area.

 Don't ever throw away old silverware!


Chicken coop and surrounding area

If I was a chicken, I'd want to live in a coop with beautiful roses on top!


Dahlias patch

I'd love to see these lilies in bloom!

How many shovels does it take to dig the dirt for more than 30 years?

 Raspberries were abundant

There are lots of old and not so old things in this garden, 
but everything seems to be in place and serves a purpose.

Hops are enthusiastically climbing to the roof of the garden shed

I couldn't stop but think about my grandma's countryside homestead while looking
at the piles of firewood, old galvanized tubs, weathered fences, etc.

I know, the auger takes center stage here, but look at the size of the artichoke in the background!

 That dead tree still serves a useful purpose!

Big patch of Nigella had everyone's attention

June was the time of peony, foxglove, roses, honeysuckle, delphinium, perennial geranium, allium and clematis.
What will bloom in this garden in July and August? We could only imagine!

The weather was rainy during our visit, but I saw other pictures of this shed with its doors open.
Guess what was behind them?
Shelves with books! Sit and read.

There were plenty of places to sit and relax after the working day.

Lavender loves it here...

The roof...

I loved the soft, quiet paths.

 Watering can deserves to be on a pedestal, don't you think so?

Impressive allium heads!

Hardy geraniums as a perfect flowering groundcover

Variety of plants was very impressive with combination of shrubs, perennials, grasses and mature trees. 

I loved the shape of this Cotinus

Centranthus ruber looks appealing en masse

 When it looked as if I'd seen everything, suddenly there was this charming
enclosed garden with a grand fireplace:

Thank you Cassie and Doug for opening your warm, friendly place
 for about 800 guests on that weekend in June.
It was such a pleasure to see the fruit of your labor and to feel your love for the land and plants.

***Copyright 2018 TatyanaS


  1. What a beautiful place!

  2. All I can say is BEAUTIFUL. I would love to walk all over the place. We are having another heat wave and the gardens there looks so cool and relaxing.

  3. What a charming, quirky place! I think this has to be one of my favorites that I have seen! The way they have used repurposed treasures throughout, was really well done. The property itself looks like it is incredibly special.

  4. Well, THAT was amazing! Thank you for posting so many pictures. What a wealth of garden creativity! XOXO

  5. Loving all these woodland garden scenes, inspiring!

  6. Wow. What a treat, Tatyana. Thank you for this virtual tour. Total eye candy!!

  7. So much beauty for the eye to see.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Linda C in Seattle

  8. This is a garden that you would want to see again and again. So many wonderful plants and I like all their found art. They have worked everything into the garden amazingly well.

  9. What a beautiful garden in which to work, play, and relax. Cassie and Doug have done a marvelous job of combining rustic objects/areas with more formal ones. Each space has it's own character but they all flow together seamlessly into a stunning whole.

  10. Oh my goodness, be still my heart! This is a beautiful garden, one I could spend hours and hours in.

    Thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  11. WOW! No words to express the beauty of the garden. Thanks for taking me too along with you to the garden. It has huge places and many things to enjoy. Love the owl made using waste materials like spoon as well as the iron one! Chairs, tables, swing all look amazing!Beautiful pathway to walk around surrounded by beautiful plants and trees! Stone house used for firewood looks good:)

  12. Wow, I feel like I’ve just toured the largest public garden in the world. Incredibly gorgeous, how lucky you were to see it.


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