“Your must-visit list of Northwest gardens is finally organized and illustrated.” —Sunset Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia have a wealth of top-notch public gardens. In The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour veteran travel writer Donald Olson highlights sixty of the most outstanding options and provides all the information you need to make the most of your visit. This gorgeous and useful guide includes cherished public gardens and a handful of the most groundbreaking nurseries. Packed with memorable stories and stunning photography, it is a fantastic garden tour that only the scenic Pacific Northwest can provide.
|Publisher:||Timber Press, Incorporated|
|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 donaldstevenolson.com.
Read an Excerpt
Introduction 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.