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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, January 9, 2018

Time to Warm Up in the Brindley Garden

Warning: This is a picture heavy post.  You may wish to grab a beverage and settle in for a little summer warmth as we visit the Brindley Garden in Indianola, WA on a sunny  July afternoon. 

The gateposts at the top of the driveway let us know that we're in for something special. 



 The welcome by Karen Brindley  was as warm and exuberant as the garden itself. 

When they moved to this house, there was no garden at all.

Things have certainly changed!

Shayne Chandler, our favorite cowboy, exemplary plantsman, and landscape designer is responsible for the layout of the garden and most plant choices but Karen is very much a hands-on gardener (with a pot addiction.)


Name a cool plant and you'll most likely find it in this stunning garden. 



I'll try to be quiet and let you enjoy this magical space.  If you want a plant identified, just ask.








Walking around the side of the house we're teased by a glimpse of water in the distance. 
















I'd never seen a Kalanchoe beharensis in bloom before.  



















Oh the view... That's the Seattle skyline on the left and Mount Rainier on the right. 















As I was departing, Karen was greeting another lucky garden visitor. 


Thank you, Karen for opening your gorgeous garden for so many to enjoy and thank you even more for the personally guided tour of your green paradise.

Hope that helped you feel a bit warmer!

16 comments:

  1. When I hit the third or fourth photo, I did go get coffee. Sitting by myself in front of the computer with the pix large size, I had to stop myself from screaming at some of the plants that I lust after growing so beautifully. That grouping of Podophyllums was out of this world. And the views! Heaven.

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  2. Well that's just lovely! Shades of her famous neighbor's garden too. I can't imagine a view like that, I would never get anything done! So there must be a greenhouse for the Aloes and Aeoniums? That area isn't that mild, is it?

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  3. Amazing! How much acreage is that, and how much help do they employ to keep it looking so well maintained?

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  4. I am sitting here sweating...from envy. What a garden! I bet you had a difficult time tearing yourself away from here. It would take some time to go through the entire garden. Those views, plants and pots. WOW...

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  5. In the 11th picture it appears that a tree is being shaped into a circle. I wonder what kind of tree it is. Or are my eyes just crossed??

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  6. It is challenging to plant a garden that competes with such a view. (I'd love to have that "problem"...). I am in love with the entry gate and planters.

    By the way, at least 1-2 a week I post a comment that later disappears... I can't figure that one out :-(

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  7. Fabulous! Greedy person that I am, I couldn't help coveting that ocean view, free of the visual clutter created by harbor operations. The gateposts spurred a vision of another construction project for my husband but I'm going to hold off a little while before presenting it, otherwise he'll be signing me up for a woodworking class.

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  8. Stunning gardens, killer views (Rainier seems to float above the horizon), certainly a property to die for! Thanks for sharing your tour, Peter, it definitely was warming!

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  9. That was so much fun. I need to keep track of WA Open Garden days!

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  10. Oh my! What a wonderful plantsman's garden, or perhaps plantswoman's. And this is next door to Windcliff? Wow!

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  11. A stunning garden with an amazing view! A real work of love I can see. Thank you for the tour, your photos are great!

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  12. Sunshine, blue sky water and plants galore...does my heart good, and will go a long way toward tiding me over until some of that good stuff rolls around again.

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  13. Amazing. The plants and views, and I love that so many of the original conifers were left. Not too shabby a neighborhood either!

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  14. thank you for this wonderful trip to such a bEAUTIFUL garden my friend!

    flowers are DELIGHTFUL!
    Garden is GORGEOUS and captivating

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  15. You're KILLING ME with such gorgeousness on a wet old winter day. Thank you for the tour, there are a lot of design ideas in this garden that look like they'd be very useful. Sunshine on a rainy day, that's what we all need.

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  16. We had the absolute pleasure of seeing the Brindley garden in June 2017. It was the most spectacular place I believe I have ever been to. The only additional comment to your article that I would add is that these gardens and gardeners together create an amazing peaceful energy to bath in during your visit. Definitely should be added to the wonders of the world listin my opinion.

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