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Friday, September 14, 2012

A Visit to the Ed Hume Display Garden

I was lucky enough on Thursday to be able to join an open public tour of the display garden for Ed Hume Seeds in Puyallup. I've read about this garden in the past but had heard that the garden was only open to large groups of children on field trips. But on Thursday morning, while perusing Facebook (where I have "liked" Ed Hume Seeds), I noticed a post saying that the garden was open to the public that day at 1:30, and to call to reserve a spot. So you better believe I jumped to it and did just that!

Ed Hume Seeds is a family owned and operated business located in the PNW that specializes in seeds that are specially bred for our cool, short summers. You can buy the seeds directly from them online, or at just about every garden center from Northern California, through Oregon and Washington, and into Idaho and as far north as Alaska. The website is a fount of useful gardening information. Ed himself, who led our little group around the garden, is a nice, folksy guy with a corny sense of humor.

Ed Hume explaining that in a typical Japanese garden, you would find an obstacle in the path into the garden, designed to confuse and keep the evil spirits out.

Showing us a "Watermelon" radish from the garden

The Puzzle Garden is full of visual puns, our job was to figure them out

Ed demonstrating that what we have here is 3 feet in a yard!

A bed of Two Lips

A Rat Dish (Radish)

A Foxglove

The garden has some pretty foliage combos.

Ed pointing out pitcher plants in the bog garden


A row of Hakone grass

The garden has a nice variety of heathers

And plenty of pretty flowers!

There's a good size specimen of monkey puzzle tree

Even a bottle tree!

I found this cool display of old seed packets inside the seed sorting facility, where we saw a demo of how the packets are filled, and got some free seeds.

Before leaving I had to check out the vegetable garden, where these enormous pumpkins were growing.

The corn was as high as an elephant's eye!

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me on this visit!


  1. Love the puzzle garden, especially the sign at the entrance! Very cool that you got to see Ed's garden :-)

  2. Very the Hakonechloa & Molinia combo!

  3. It's nice to see that even Ed Hume's display garden is not immune from invasion by ranunculus repens.

  4. Wow! The garden changed a lot snce I visited it several years ago, but Ed looks the same! I absolutely enjoyed your report, Alison! Thank you!

  5. Great tour. I liked the puns, especially the Ra(t)dish. I'm giving up cute, but I love the cuteness from elsewhere. Free seeds? Great bonus in addition to just being there!

  6. How fortuitous to see that on FB and get a chance to tour the garden. Love the combination of heathers. That is a plant we don't see much in SC.

  7. You lucky gardener! I still watch repeats of Ed's show "Gardening in America" and would never have guessed that he'd have funky yard art & punny stuff in his garden. Maybe his private garden is different? Thanks for the fun tour!

  8. Wow. I wish I could have been there too. I expected it to be strictly veggies but it looks like Ed is a gardener as well as a seed person. I love the Puzzle Garden and the Monkey Puzzle looks like it is planted in a really cool spot. Your photos are gorgeous, Alison. Thanks for a great post.

  9. Fun to get a peek behind the scenes of the man and the garden behind all those little packets of seeds. Thanks!


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