Saturday, October 3, 2020

Garden Touring Part 3

 Not every garden we toured in Lakewood was on a lakeside estate, but they all had history. This sweet bungalow was built in 1917.

The current owners, Karen and Bob Colleran, bought the place in 1975. They took down some big firs, and added lots of smaller trees and shrubs to create a year round garden. 

There were lots of little places to explore in this one acre garden.

There are some very old cyclamen in this garden. Just look at the size of these corms!

We appreciate gardeners who like to collect, both plants and stuff.

Karen and I commiserated about autumn crocus. No sooner do they pop out of the ground than a rain storm lays them flat. "Here they come, there they go." They are lovely, though, when you can see their faces. 

This garden would be fun to visit at several times of the year. 

There was one other garden on the tour, a garden featuring a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but it must be a well hidden gem because we went round and round searching for it until we finally gave up. The rain had returned anyway, and we were already very content with all of the gardens we were able to enjoy on that late September weekend. 


  1. Such a beautiful place. I would guess that it is definitely a delight at any time of the year. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures. I enjoyed it. :-)

  2. They've used a very large variety of plants to make this attractive. The plants are very dense on this acre.

  3. I think I prefer this garden to the other 2. Maybe because it's smaller; maybe because I also like to see random collections in a garden.

  4. Very pretty! I love the house too - it's a perfect setting for it.

  5. Loved the house especially the porch side. What a lovely garden, they should be proud.

  6. Love those cyclamen and those corms are huge. I planted one years ago but it didn't last more than 2 years. I think it is too dry here for them.

  7. I can’t get over all the beautiful gardens you have in your area. It’s so nice that you’re able to explore and enjoy them.


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