|Gate by Mike Suri, Suri Iron|
However, before launching into the ANLD garden tour photo essay, if you live in the Portland area, I encourage you to join the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to take advantage of the hundreds of open gardens that its members so generously share. The open gardens alone are worth the price of membership!
Art in the ANLD gardens played and important role.It created focal points and whimsy, distracted the eye from vistas best left unseen, added punches of color, and visually pulled the visitor to destinations in the garden, not to mention creating the "Wow!" factor.
|The rusted metal rooster added an element of surprise in an otherwise sophisticated Japanese-inspired garden. Rooster was designed by metal artist Zoe Bacon in the garden designed by Barb Hilty.|
|Garden owner Linda Ernst created these lively glass panels to add color in her already colorful edible garden.|
|Also in the Ernst garden, this contemporary gate acts as art.|
|The forms in this garden gate by Mike Suri, Suri Iron, were inspired by the poppies found on the property and saved by the homeowners when they built their new eco-friendly home on the lot. Garden designed by Marina Wynton.|
|St. Francis is one of my favorite sculptures by artist Patrick Gracewood, Gracewood Studios. Garden was designed by Bruce Hegna.|
Structures define space and add functionality to a garden. Both of these garden structures were used as light-filled tool sheds that can also shelter tender plants.
|Shed with green roof designed by Marina Wynton.|
|Shed was crafted by Patrick Blakeslee. Lion in foreground was sculpted by Patrick Gracewood.|
Water features can contribute visual appeal, drama, color and sound to a garden. The sound distracts the ear from unappealing neighborhood and traffic noise, a very practical application, but overall the effect is usually one of relaxing the soul. Ahhhh.
|The small birdbath-like fountain provides just enough movement and sound to make it a welcome destination for wildlife. Garden was designed by Darcy Daniels.|
|This contemporary water feature design incorporates the owners' glass artistry. Designed by Laura Crockett.|
Sometimes it is the very subtle that is of great interest in a garden design.
|Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida, formerly Cotula squalida) made a tidy and attention-grabbing ground cover for this parking strip in the garden designed by Donna Giguere.|
|Rain water was redirected to this simple and stylish rain garden. Designer: Donna Giguere.|
|Believe it or not, this is a Mahonia! Fabulous evergreen texture. Look for Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'.|