The Orcas Island Garden Club is proud to present five fabulous Orcas Island gardens for the 2017 Tour. This annual fundraiser for the Garden Club is a highlight for local garden enthusiasts as well as gardeners throughout Washington state. These gardens display the diversity of foliage, art, design and represents thousands of hours of loving work that goes into these glorious gardens.
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On a waterfront setting, the DiCaprio garden combines rocks and rock-garden plants to create an imaginatively playful garden. A rock “waterfall” tumbles down the steep hillside to the water. At its base is a sculptural garden that integrates plants, rocks, glass, and windfall limbs from the madronas lining the shoreline. Click on the picture for more photos of the DiCaprio Garden.
Set at the base of Mt. Entrance & Moran State Park, the Miller/Chavez garden reflects Ray’s love for horses and Patty’s passion for plants. Extensive ornamental, native plant, raised-bed vegetable, water, and fruit gardens climb a terraced hill behind the barn-red farmhouse and stables. From the front door, your gaze settles on grazing horses in pastures framed by deep coniferous forest. Click on the picture for more photos of the Miller/Chavez Garden.
On a rocky outcropping above Spring Point, with a territorial view to the west, the Harris garden uses rock as the sculptural base for a remarkable collection of mosses, succulents, grasses, and dwarf deciduous and coniferous trees. Beautiful Asian & Northwest Indian sculptures on and around the timber-frame house complete the artistic vision. Click on the picture for more photos of the Harris Garden.
At the Brennan garden, stone walkways meander through bamboo groves and native willows and offer an expansive view across tranquil fields. Buddha statues abound, including atop a native rock outcropping carpeted with native mosses and mahonia. Explore numerous raised-bed vegetable, flower and fruit gardens inside a fenced garden with a 20x48-foot hoop house and a wisteria-covered dining pergola. Click on the picture for more photos of the Brennan Garden.
Bruce and Marty Coffey’s family compound at the entrance to Grindstone Harbor offers five whimsical cottages and their surrounding gardens that echo the color, creativity, and warmth of artist Carl Larsson’s artistic vision. Pathways lead you under native firs, through charming gardens of exuberant perennial and annual flowers, across a lawn to a historical orchard and raised-bed vegetable gardens with a lovely waterfront setting as magical as the gardens. Click on the picture for more photos of the Coffey Garden.