Sept. 29, 2:18 p.m. [Click image to view larger]
If you’re going to the Washington Park Arboretum for Sunday’s plant sale, consider a 15 to 20 minute walk down to the Pacific Connections Garden. I didn’t even know it existed. After sketching at the Graham Visitors Center, I came here and was blown away by the scenery.
The idea is to show plants that come from regions of the Pacific Rim that have similar climate to the Pacific Northwest. “People can grow these plants in their own gardens,” explained Niall Dunne, the arboretum’s communications manager.
The first phase of the project was completed in September of 2008. It features a central meadow, a shelter with green roof and entry gardens leading to five immersion forests to be completed in future phases: Chile, Australia, China, New Zealand and Cascadia. “You get the experience of being in these forests,” said Dunne. “You don’t have to travel all the way to Chile to see a Chilean Monkey Puzzle Tree.”
October 1, 2009 at 4:52 PM