Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gig Harbor Garden tour: Garden 3

The Gibbs live in a senior community called The Lakes. Two years ago they tore out 20 year old shrubs and lawn and started over with their garden. 

 What a lovely entry garden!  All ready for a tea party. 

 Around the side, we head to the back garden. 

 Nice use of a mirror to add a reflective "window". 

 Here was a new idea - plant tags made of corks and forks. 

 Birds are provided for in a back corner. 

 Foundation plantings are in pots set on gravel. 

 Out the gate on the other side of the house. 

 An artist in action is painting that gate. 
 The vendors here were a nursery and a glass flower maker. 
Her creations are lovely. They are drilled and bolted together rather than glued, and she uses ceramics as well as glass. The results are striking, and expensive. 
Now it was time for a lunch break, and we knew just the place to eat our home packed lunch. 
Tom's sister Jan lives in Gig Harbor, on Henderson Bay, and she just so happens to be the President of the Board of the Gig Harbor Tour. She was also the volunteer coordinator, so we kept running into her in the various gardens. We met up for lunch on her deck. 
Bay side dining without the crowds. Not too shabby. 


  1. Wow, Tom's sister must have a beautiful view. Interesting smaller garden but more manageable for a retired couple. Very nice.

  2. Beautiful garden. Loved the idea of corks and forks for labels. The flower creation from glass and ceramics were a treat, beautiful.

  3. Another really delightful garden. I like this one, it looks like one I might actually be able to manage myself. I love that pretty gate, and the idea of forks and corks for signage! :-)

  4. Just beautiful! The photos are gorgeous. Love the glass and ceramic flowers.

  5. As well as showing some pretty awesome gardens, you give some tips of what to do in my own garden. Maybe I'll just change a few things. I'm going to move some plants and let others expand to fill the place.

  6. perfect picnic weather and locale-it's too hot to be outside here. Love the gardens, especially the pots on gravel, eliminates lots of weeding.

  7. I've just looked at all three garden tours. I love the little house, where you are sitting on the porch. Love the little greenhouse too, and the sunny spot in the yard with the two red chairs. All are just beautiful. Must be fun to tour these different gardens, and have a husband who enjoyed seeing them too!

  8. Wow...then I thought the view magic.

  9. What a delightful place they have created. Just lovely. I really liked that mirror effect. I may borrow that idea.

  10. Oh I wish I had been there. Such a wonderful place.

  11. So impressive! Thank you very much for showing us this fabulous place.

  12. The pots on gravel foundation planting idea is a good one and especially handy when it's time to paint the house. Love the glass flowers but since I learned the Reeder technique, I'll never drill and bolt again!


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