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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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Evensong - A Garden Place

Years ago, before I started the blog, I used to visit a nursery in Puyallup called Evensong.  The woman who operated the place knew a great deal about plants and always had wonderful offerings displayed on shelving in both a main sales area and scattered throughout her expansive garden. Serpentine paths wound through beds of unusual and common plants that had become a bit overgrown.  Found objects were everywhere, both placed pieces and collections of things to be used in future projects.  It was like exploring a  grand garden that had barely started going back to wilderness.  It was  magical but would drive anyone who liked order and organization a bit crazy!


I stopped by the other day to see what was happening.  A young woman and her mother have rented the place from the owner and have made huge strides in tidying and organizing while keeping the charm of the space.




Looks like some trees have been removed to allow more light in.



 With the removal of the trees, this green house might be usable again. 
 This spiral soon to bee herb garden was previously part of the former gardener's huge daylily  growing area.  She was a hybridizer and created many new  and interesting varieties.  At one time 300 varieties were available.

Love the broken pot edging idea!  


Throughout the garden, many daylilies still grow happily.



And many unusual Daylilies are still offered for sale. 

A remaining found object near the back of the property.


A chicken coop and run have been added and Permaculture is a passion of the new management.

To learn more, check out their facebook page here.

They've done a tremendous amount of work in a year and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this special place.  I wish the new folks all the luck in the world as their vision takes root at Evensong!




19 comments:

  1. That an intriguing place! Right off I noticed all the patchwork paths.

    What came to mind, though, was the hairdresser I knew who fell on hard times and an long-time beauty shop owner offered her a shop, practically rent-free with a single condition: She had to agree to continue 'fixing' the hair of a number of elderly ladies who were patrons of the shop, at the price the owner had charged. Win, win for everybody.

    This garden center will be fun to watch as it evolves. Lots and lots of work already done, more to do. Has Alison been there yet?

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    1. You came to mind when I saw the patchwork paths. Great hairdresser story; it's neat when things work out for everyone involved like that.

      You're right, it'll be fun to see what happens here!

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  2. I haven't been, this is the first I've heard of it. It looks like an interesting place. I love the broken pot pieces for edging too.

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    1. I thought you knew about it. It is interesting and not far from you. After you turn right out of Windmill, just stay on Main Street, go through town, over the bridge and keep following the road by the Old Cannery, etc. (I think it turns into Valley Ave.) After the cemetery but before the furniture restoration place called A Victorian Stripper on the right. This puts you right in line to continue on valley, get on meridian, turn on pioneer, and visit Vassey and Watson's.

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  3. I love the cobbled together look of the paths and structures!

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    1. It really has an almost fairy-tale funk to it.

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  4. Isn't nice that's been rented by people who want to continue the plant business there and is preserving the charm of the place? :)

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    1. This seems to have worked out very well as so many nurseries can't find buyers that want to continue in the business.

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  5. love the creativity of this place, and obvious plant passion. I've noticed a lot more of that in my new hood, too--where people employ all kinds of material and found objects in knitting their gardens together. it's a good trend.

    your posts are always so much fun. thx.

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    1. Glad your new hood is presenting some fun things to observe!
      Thanks for the kind words.

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  6. Evensong is such an evocative name...and these new folks are tuning up for some nice harmonies. Quite a contrast to the super-neat place you and Alison showed us recently.

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    1. Isn't the name fab? I love all kinds of nurseries, neat, funky, whatever!

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  7. It already shows a lot of promise. I look forward to seeing what they do with the place!

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  8. I love the name of the place! Evensong.
    It IS my kind of place - It will be interesting to watch its evolution!

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    1. Interesting indeed! This place is more what my garden looks and feels like!

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  9. Fun that they are keeping so much of the original charm. I'm drawn to those mismatched windows on the office building.

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  10. Please keep us posted on the progress of this place. I might need to add it to our list.

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  11. I'm one of those obsessed gardeners who would immediately kneel down and start pulling weeds. They could use a volunteer work party to give them a hand. Great space with a lot of potential.

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