There were over 600 garden writers at the GWA conference this past weekend in Portland and on Garden Tour Day, getting them around to see seven gardens and one nursery in under three hours proved to be an impossible feat. Nine buses took us in a round robin formation to each of the gardens as fast as their little wheels could take them. We tried to see them all…but it was just not meant to be. Although it was disappointing to not see everything, we were NOT disappointed in the gardens! They were great! It was very gracious of these gardeners to open their yards to us.
As promised, I will show the photos of each stop I visited (five in all) in their own post. One post per day.
My first stop on the tour (see below the jump) was Nancyland!
This is the garden of Nancy Goldman and to say it was whimsical is an understatement!
(All of these photos are from her garden including the “grow up” above.)
There are several hidden seating areas where nothing is off limits including curtains, windows and doorways.
Walkways were lined with trowels, flowerpots…even watering cans as edging.
I saw that only a few of the visitors did not “get it”. Too bad. One look around at the smiles and you could see what the essence of this garden was. FUN! SMILES! and GIGGLES! Nancy provided all by sharing her garden with us that day. It was unexpected and fabulous.
If you have any posts or photos on YOUR blog about the GWA garden tours, please put a link to them in the comments below. We would all love to see them!