The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

by Donald Olson


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ISBN-13: 9781604694512
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 823,542
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Donald Olson is a travel writer, novelist, and playwright with a longtime interest in gardens and gardening. His work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other national publications, and he is the author of several travel guides. An avid gardener himself, Olson has been exploring the great gardens of Europe and the Pacific Northwest for many years.You can visit his website at

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When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest, it was the gardens that immediately caught my eye. I’d come from a place where gardens, when they weren’t buried under snowdrifts, were yards with mowed grass, shade trees, a few hardy shrubs, and not much else—except for mosquitoes.

What a different world it was in the Northwest, where I couldn’t turn around without confronting a rose or a rhododendron, and where the pungent smell of bark dust was always floating in the air. Plants I’d read about but never seen grew with a kind of luxurious abandon. If I kept my eyes open, I could always find something in bloom, even in fall (autumn cyclamen and crocuses) and winter (witch hazels). And to top it all off, the natural landscapes of this region, where Native Americans had lived for more than ten thousand years and European settlers for fewer than two hundred, had a beauty and a grandeur that astounded me then and continue to astound me today.
Yes, it’s true, from November through May there is rain, lots of it, in every form you can imagine. And yes, the skies are sometimes dark and gray for weeks on end. All I can say to that is, so what? If you’re a plant, or a gardener, this is paradise.

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