It was two weeks ago that we toured gardens in the Gig Harbor area as part of a fund raiser for literacy. I realized I never got back to finishing that tour on my posts, and then this Sunday we went on another tour near Gig Harbor, but extended over a much wider area. I took over 400 photos. This tour is part of the Open Gardens program on the Northwest Perennial Alliance, a group we belong to, that features member gardens.
The garden I'm showing today, owned by Bill and Peggy Fox, was on both tours. We visited it two weeks ago.
To describe this garden I am quoting from Peggy's description in the tour guide book.
"The Fox garden begins with a vegetable garden, fruit trees and a greenhouse on the upper driveway."
"In the front entry garden there is a pool and waterfall."
Behind the house a comfortable seating area provides a view toward Raft Island. Massive stones create terraces for rockery plants and steps down to the water."
Tom is always attracted to giant May Apple foliage. He hope his little plants will grow big like these.
"In the waterfront area are salt tolerant plants. Walk out to the dock and look back for a great view of the garden from below."
Tom visits with our host Peggy out on the dock.
After lingering in this lovely space, we work our way back up the hillside, following another stone path.
Back up in the entry garden we love the use of hakonechloa - Japanese forest grass - draping over the wall, just as it was used in the hillside to line the stone steps.
A new fence and arbor lead us up and out on the back side of the garage.
This is a place that is hard to leave.