I also visited the Chase Garden, which I visited last year and wrote about here. The fourth was the Mt. Tahoma Nursery garden, which was interesting and full of little alpine plants, but I didn't really get pictures that can capture it adequately. It is, however, an excellent little boutique nursery, open only by appointment, with a very knowledgeable owner, and I highly recommend it if you're into small, unique rock garden plants.
Homeranch -- Ted Van Velzen and Ruben Corpuz
This first garden I visited was quite a lovely garden, large and spread out, with lots of island beds in a sea of grass, and large trees with shade beds under them.
|Quite a few pots were scattered throughout the garden. I loved this one with an orange and red Abutilon.
|The lovely house, which is actually much larger than it looks here, is nestled in the middle of the expansive garden, amongst the trees and grass.
|These island beds were just to the right of the house.
|Loved these tall concrete pillars!
|Look at the red veins on that ornamental rhubarb!
|Island beds like this one were spaced randomly throughout the grassy garden.
|These stacked stones (just stacked and balanced, no glue) were in quite a few beds too.
|A gorgeous blooming Clematis.
|The garden had several of these decaying stumps nursing a new tree.
|One of the many shady beds with a meandering path.
|A cute garden shed had its own foundation bed.
The cutting garden contained an abundance of irises, poppies, peonies, and columbines.
|I have to find a source of seeds for this light pink poppy.
Old Goat Farm
This demonstration garden is part of the Old Goat Farm nursery, a small nursery open to the public one weekend per month, or by appointment.
One of the first things I saw when I entered the garden was...a gabion!
And another one.
I love the little rock gardens growing in a jumble on top.
|Rocks, moss, driftwood, ferns, mini hostas...
|Clay chimney flue liners make good planters too. And hey, look over there!
|More gabions, very similar to mine. They sell these in their nursery area.
|This bench made from a mossy log supported by piles of rocks was pretty cool.
|It had some truly beautiful fungi growing on it.
|The garden shed was interesting too.
|These cool clay faces were hanging on the side of the shed.
|The barn and house both were surrounded by gorgeous beds and various items of garden decor.
|A pig with Mardi Gras beads, LOL!
|I loved this cone full of feathers next to a picture of birds.
|The source of the feathers?
|Trust me to find the chickens.
|And the turkeys.
Of course I had to stop in the nursery area and buy a few plants.
What's this? An agave? No, it's not. It's an Eryngium agavifolium. I bought two for the drought-tolerant garden.
I also bought a Trachystemon orientalis for my dry shade bed and a Clematis recta purpurea, just because it was beautiful. I do have a good spot for it.
And I am now kicking myself for not buying this large Agave americana.
Well, they're open to the public next weekend. Hopefully, it will still be there.