The final garden on the Tacoma tour of May 29-30 belongs to Bob and Natalie Findlay. Bob assured me that Natalie is the garden designer and perfectionist primper, while he does the heavy lifting. Natalie concurred that she is a fussy gardener. The attention to detail shows.
The Findlays began creating their garden as it is now in 1995, constructing terraces and planting beds, and providing lots of seating areas to enjoy the garden views. They named their home Quail Cottage.
Does this garden have a bit of English charm? You decide.
The covered walkway leads from the garage to the side entrance of the house and on to the back yard.
The back of the garage. The structures form a courtyard in front of the house completely hidden from the street.
Seating is provided if you can wait to see what's next.
Tom took time to smell the roses.
A hedge with a view. This is the south Tacoma Narrows, where Puget Sound narrows down before spreading out again on its way to Olympia.
Very tidy for the way less traveled. The course of gravel seemed precisely placed. And again you could find a place to linger.
Back in the front garden, and one more chance to sit and appreciate, especially with the Beauty Bush and red Rhodie in full bloom.
English or not, it's a pert and pretty northwest garden.