Artist Shelagh Tucker's garden is a study in contrasts. Part Mediterranean-style rock garden, part English cottage garden, sun and shade, green lawns and stone paths -- there's something for everyone to enjoy.
The path to the front of the house opens up onto a circular rock garden, inspired by the Gravel Garden of fellow Englishwoman and gardener extraordinaire Beth Chatto. This spot was very inspiring to this drought-stricken Texan!
This patterned half-circle stone step echoes the circles of the gravel garden.
An arched garden gate divides the xeric front garden from the more traditional back garden.
A small round fish pond with a round fountain greets visitors just beyond the gate.
Around the back of the house lies a lushly landscaped patio between a blue garden shed and a glass-walled conservatory.
From the patio, you can see the bright blue garden shed of Suzette and Jim Birrell, who live directly next door.
I loved the waves of this planting near the greenhouse.
A serene cat keeps watch along the stone path circling the blue shed,
and more cats sit in windowsills overlooking clematis, dahlias and day lilies. (A real live cat was spotted rolling in catnip, but he declined to pose for photos.)
I hated to leave, but we had three more stops on the day's schedule.
Stay tuned for Dunn Gardens, the Soest Garden at the Center for Urban Horticulture/UW Botanic Gardens, and Ravenna Gardens.
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