Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Seattle Garden Bloggers' Fling - Forkner Garden

On the third day of Seattle Fling, my true love gave to meeee....

Five gabion benches----!
Gabion benches

Four sunlit apples,

three climbing vines,
Purple climbing rose, varigated ivy, and air potato?

two handmade bricks,
life's a party

and a "cocktail cabana" in the Seattle sun!
Lil Loafer vintage travel trailer

One of my ab fab favorite Seattle gardens was Lorene Edwards Forkner's garden. Writer, speaker and garden designer extraordinaire, Lorene was one of the organizers of the Seattle Fling. Here she is, inviting 70 garden bloggers from the US, Canada and the UK into her garden for an hour-long tour. Does she seem fazed or stressed in the slightest? Of course not. She hosted over 900 visitors in eight hours during the West Seattle Garden Tour the week before!
Lorene greeting her visitors

Lorene describes her garden as "Urban Hillbilly Chic" and says that "make do/can do resourcefulness on a financial shoestring is my modus operandi." I can relate to that! Examples: this rusty but inviting and yes, comfortable chair in a lushly shady spot.
Rusty yet inviting chair amidst shady foliage

Or this sedum garden accented with a bowling ball.
Sedums with bowling ball accent

Or this tiny boxwood knot garden, housed in a Radio Flyer wagon.
Tiny boxwood knot garden in a Radio Flyer wagon

There were just sooo many whimsical, clever and just dog gone fun things to see in Lorene's garden.
Up the front path

You can see more photos of Lorene's garden on my Flickr page, including the adorable interior of her Lil Loafer vintage travel trailer "garden folly." Visit Lorene's blog at, and look for her new book, Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More coming out on Timber Press later this year. If Lorene's garden is any indication, her new book is going to be loads of fun.

Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Oh, I love the first photo! I so want to make some gabion borders and/benches. I have stones galore and need to put them to good use. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Her personality is all over her gardens..happy, happy, happy!

  3. Cute post with the "song". Going to Flickr to see the other photos!