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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Garden of Rebecca and Laird Harris Brenneman

"The garden is first encountered along the sidewalk, where a lush planting strip wand a row of fragrant roses invite the passerby to look and linger."


The many beautiful iris caught our eyes as the roses weren't quite ready to greet us yet. 




"a slightly sunken front garden features several large trees, under-planted with a variety of shroubs and perennials."


Notice the clematis (Josephine) climbing the apple tree in the upper right. 

Gorgeous rhododendron.  Pink and orange who could beat that combination?

The plants were all well labeled. 

Here we are going around the side of the house.

And down to the upper level of the back garden which features a couple of towering conifers.  Heavenly!


Simple and beautiful color and texture combination. 

On one side of the large circle patio areas is a rock staircase, on the other is this way cool ramp.  I wouldn't want to try walking down this ramp on an icy day but for most of the year, it's perfect.

Lots of great destination points in this garden invite us to explore further. 

Always good advice!

Rebecca and Laird create their own iris hybrids and have a test garden where they evaluate candidates for introduction.  Is this one incredible or what?

More beauties.


Another destination seating area.  I wonder how much time these clearly-obsessed (a good thing in my book) gardeners have to sit.  I didn't notice a weed in the garden.

The staircase on the other side of the ramp.  

In the upper left, the terraced beds are the iris trial area.

O.K. there were so enough gorgeous iris in this garden to make up their own post.  Do you know what euphorbia that is with pinky red blooms?  They make good bed mates!

  'Oxymoron' is sure swell!

After this staircase, there is a wood staircase and decks at the back of the house.
 Oops, one more iris for fun. 

Looking down from the deck.  On the left are Rebecca and Laird sharing their wisdom with a visitor.

 Looking down on the side garden that we walked through earlier.

The many levels, plant layering, great use of paving, and presence of a nearly 100 year old towering conifer give this garden a feeling of being expansive when in reality, the area is a little under 7,000 square feet.  What a treat to see this beautiful place!  Thank you Rebecca and Laird for opening your garden!

29 comments:

  1. Yes, this was one of my favorites! It was like a TARDIS garden, bigger on the inside.

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    1. It had a delightful and surprising reveal!

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  2. Oh my, that's wonderful. The layers, the age...I want!

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  3. This is by far my favorite garden. As I was touring it with you I also noticed how incredibly tended this garden is. Lots of perennials, no a weed in sight; it spells many hours of work.The bamboo paired with japanese forest grass is beautiful. Some of the iris blooms made me swoon.

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    1. There are treasures around every corner and lots of corners to explore!

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  4. I have to say that this is my favorite of the gardens you've shown too. I'd be happy helping with the weeds just for the pleasure of spending time there. And those Iris!!!

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    1. It was a pleasure to be there! They will be opening the garden at other times as well so I made sure to get my name on the mailing list.

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    1. Delicious indeed! I'm ready for seconds.

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  6. It's a gorgeous garden but the pathways, levels, paving, sublime!

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    1. I wonder if they'd mind if we moved in?

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  7. This is my kind of garden, love the planting, the texture and the colours. The iris are superb, I am seriously envious!

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  8. This is really an incredible garden. The brickwork is so beautiful. All of the hardscaping sets off and shows off those beautiful plants.

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    1. It's well designed to make use of the space and is full of great plants. It was a delight to spend time in this garden!

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  9. Beautiful, magical place. Great photos.

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    1. Thanks Grace! It was a fun way to end our day of garden/nursery tours.

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  10. I was out cutting down weeds I couldn't get to earlier because of all the rainy spells, it would be so great to have a garden without grass and wild areas that generate weeds constantly. The hardscape is wonderful. I keep trying to resist Pacific Coast Irises, but these were incredible, I'm also turning green.

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    1. I must say, green is your color! Go ahead, fall in love with Pacific Coast Irises. They're pretty darned loveable!

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  11. OMG...I love it all...all that rock-work makes me swoon...and all those beautiful Iris!

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  12. The hardscape in this garden is extraordinary. The circle patio, the chevron patterned deck -- marvelous! With that towering tree and richly colored flowers, it looks otherworldly to these Southwest-accustomed eyes.

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    1. We do live in a lush area! Come on up Pam, you've got lots of fans here!

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  13. Stony paths, borders, pretty irises, they are wonderful gardeners, Rebecca and Laird!

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  14. This is such a lovely garden and I've never seen irises more gorgeous!

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    1. I suspect that many, if not all, of these are varieties of the gardeners' own making.

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  15. Wow, those irises are gorgeous! The hardscape and towering trees are really great, too. I second Hannah's comment about no grass or wild areas to generate weeds.

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