A couple of weeks ago, Alison and I went on the Federal Way Symphony garden tour and Alison suggested that we visit Powellswood while we were in the area. She'd visited before (see her post here.) She always has the best ideas!
"A Northwest pleasure garden tucked away in a Federal Way neighborhood, the three acres of PowellsWood are nestled against another thirty-five acres of native successional forest."
Can you believe that this gorgeous lawn is the parking lot?
Descending into the garden.
"A series of exquisite hedges help define several distinct garden rooms graced with more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials. The woodland and shade gardens in particular demonstrate how private landowners can use natural land features to develop stunning landscapes. The garden’s perennial borders thrive, the fruit of an extensive soil conservation project."
"When Monte and Diane Powell bought this property in 1993, it had been used for years as a dumping ground. The land was filled with piles of asphalt, concrete, old cars, used tires and other rubbish. Consequently, the soil was so sterile there were areas in which even weeds would not grow.
The first two years following the purchase of the land were spent rebuilding the soil so it would once more support healthy plant life."
Moving into the House Gardens.
Alison and I had arrived about an hour or so before a wedding and reception were to take place so this part of the garden looked a bit different than it would normally.
What a great party venue!
I think this is the "Spring Garden" but it's looking fabulous in the summer!
A curving staircase leads us by the rhododendron garden as we descent to the perennial border area.
The gorgeous perennial border area is on a much lower level and is breathtaking as it reveals itself after walking down through the rhododendron garden.
Notice that meticulously clipped hedge.
at the end of the expansive lawn the beds nearly come together leaving a grass path to explore more shade garden beyond.
Huge and happy patch of rodgersia in the shade garden!
Water loving fuchsia and hydrangea near the pond area.
The shade garden, as the path meanders along, becomes more and more wild naturalistic.
I think these are the Cold Creek Shade garden beds, the last to be planted in 2007 - 2008.
The shade garden ends in a huge circle of sword fern and (not shown) a large raised platform beneath the cathedral of old trees where the wedding was to take place.
The path becomes a walking trail through the woods but we didn't take advantage of that but instead walked up on the other side of the woodland garden.
You can see the roof of the house where the reception was set up.
Now we're back up to the entry area on our way back to the parking lot.
What a beautiful garden which, because of the multiple levels and inclusion of so many rooms, seems much larger than three acres!
"Walking paths, a meandering stream and pond blend gently into the forest and ravines of Redondo’s historic upper Cold Creek watershed. A conservatory-style Garden Room offers shelter when the elements threaten. Restore your soul in this peaceful, verdant retreat."