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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gig Harbor Garden tour: Garden 2 - Butler Farm

The second garden on the tour took us deep into the woods on a gravel road.
 The driveway was lined with a bed of roses, dahlias and vegetables. 

 One of the vendors here created pieces out of driftwood. 

 As we wandered toward the house, we found the foundation mosaic we had read about. Wrapping around three sides of the house, it took Steve 11 years to complete. 


Photography is difficult during very bright, sunny days, so I am doing my best to edit a bit in hopes that the photos reveal what we saw. 
 A sunny deck high up on the house has a tree top view. 

 In the back of the house the yard opens up to green lawns and flowers. 


Part of the garden shed serves as the produce stand for the farm. They sell fruits and vegetables on the honor system, but mostly apples. Their orchard has over 400 apple, pear, and plum trees. 

More vendors showed their wares. I loved the whimsical creations of Emerald Greens Yardart. 
I bought a railroad spike slug and a machine parts bird with a silverware tail. 
Trails lead into the woods if you want to go exploring. 
 Or you can stay in the cultivated part and enjoy the many dahlias just coming into bloom. 


 Did I mention that there are LOTS of dahlias? 
 I enjoyed a visit with this artist. 
 Top was eyeing the hammock. 
 Neither of us felt the need to go into the orchard, with it's 400 trees. But if the apples were ripe, we might have. 
 I talked to several other garden visitors at this point and we all agreed that this was way to much work for us to even imagine. But the Butlers, who have had this property in their family for 40 years, were obviously loving it. 

13 comments:

  1. This one is amazing. I really liked the driftwood creations. Cannot even begin to get my head around the amount of work involved. Surely these people pay for some help. Can't imagine two people could handle all this alone. I really enjoyed seeing this garden.

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  2. Looks like an amazing place! You always visit the most pleasing places. It would be fun to tag along with you. Good thing you blog about your adventures!

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  3. The driftwood creations were a delight as was the mosaic, amazing place to visit.

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  4. I also thought about al the work involved in this farm. I love your pretty metal bird and slug. Thanks for all the great pictures; I know what you mean about sunny days and photography. :-)

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  5. wow, love the creative wood creations and all the greenness, blooming dahlias-I could stay there for a looong time.

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  6. I like the entrance with a combination of roses, vegetables and dahlias. There's some very cool sculpture with drift wood.

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  7. Holy Smokes!! How do the proprietors find time for meals and sleep? They must survive on power naps and protein bars. That is an amazing place! Thanks for the tour. This is Mom/Caryn.... a voice from long, long ago. My kids are pushing me to blog again and set me up with the odd name of wispy willow. It's been fun to read your latest posts and catch up a bit.

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  8. Holy Smokes!! How do the proprietors find time for meals and sleep? They must survive on power naps and protein bars. That is an amazing place! Thanks for the tour. This is Mom/Caryn.... a voice from long, long ago. My kids are pushing me to blog again and set me up with the odd name of wispy willow. It's been fun to read your latest posts and catch up a bit.

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  9. Both gardens are fantastic. So much continuous work. I have to go out and deadhead a bunch today and then I rest--LOL
    When I worked at the Nursery one of my fellow workers was part of the Lake Forest Park garden tour and she invited us over to take a look. I was amazed. What a beautiful garden she had.
    MB

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  10. What a fun, interesting and creative place to visit. Loved the driftwood horse.

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  11. I'm stunned by all these gardens.

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  12. Those driftwood sculptures are really creative and interesting. The whole place is a wonder.

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  13. This does look like a lot of work but so beautiful. Speechless at the incredible mosaic!

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