"Burl Mostul founded Rare Plant Research, a specialty nursery, in 1987. In the early years the nursery focused on plant research, collector plants and varieties new to science. About ten years ago the nursery shifted focus to garden plants and now Burl travels the world looking for new plants as well as developing new hybrids for Northwest gardeners."
The nursery where we saw all the cool plants in yesterday's post is behind us and the driveway, house, and vineyard are before us.
"Rare Plant Research is open to the public only one or two weekends a year and [this] thas become an event attracting 1,000 or more people. In 2008 Burl and his wife built a stone chateau modeled after a 12th century Romanesque church, surrounded by ponds and gardens featuring many rare and unusual tropical and temperate plants. The most recent addition is a bromeliad garden filled with boulders, olive trees and landscape bromeliads."
The vintage Jaguar is on loan for the nursery open but it looks great with the house!
I beg your forgiveness for including so many pictures of this place but there were visual treats at every turn. It was difficult to narrow this down from the many images I took. Isn't digital photography fun?
So, we're in the soggy pacific northwest, right?
This is a place made for entertaining! The gardens are available for rent for special occasions.
I'm thinking an early evening wedding here, reception happening as dusk descended, would be very special!
The steps are wide enough to accommodate chairs. String quartet in the gazebo?
I'd love to come back and see this combination once the Tradescantia fills in. Stunning!
A comfortable place to relax. I could get used to sipping my morning coffee here. How about you?
I understand that this interior solarium has just been added.
Note the Musa 'Ai Ai' I'm picturing that door going to a bedroom. How amazing would it be to awaken and see the Pacific Northwest out one window and the tropics out of another?
Every 12th century church needs a moat, right?
This specimen must be quite old as I've heard that they are extremely slow growers.
More eye candy.
This moat doesn't look deep and wide enough to drown would-be intruders. I'm imagining that modern laws don't allow for the drainage of sewage into moats anymore. Our noses are grateful.
The dense evergreen background makes one quite aware that we're in the PNW!
Another of the ponds.
A garden shed.
Hope you enjoyed our visit and plan to see it for yourself!