Orcas Island Garden Tour
The 2014 tour collects six lovely gardens under the theme "Garden Rooms." Although each garden is a unique expression of the owner's aesthetics, they have in common the concept of "garden" as a series of rooms in which to linger and explore.
Anne and Richard Griot's Bayhead Farm garden is formal in structure with a cottage-garden heart. Surrounding an arbored entry and a succulent-roofed pavilion are raised beds of perennials, annuals, and vegetables, overlooking an expanse of pasture, orchard, pond and forest.
Famous island chef Christina and Bruce Orchid's Red Rabbit Farm features gardens of hardy perennials, shrubs, grasses, and vegetables for her two kitchens. The view from the barn where she feeds forty guests for Sunday dinners is a series of vistas, including pasture, pond, an obelisk, and a view of Westsound.
Margie and Dan Carper's garden, overlooking Eastsound, is reminiscent of manor gardens in England. Surrounding the Tudor-style home is a magnificent hardscape in wood and stone, featuring fences, arbors, a pond with a bridge, a stone fireplace and seasonal stream beds. The gardens feature hardy perennials, shrubs, grasses and ornamental trees.
Elizabeth Sweet and her family have created a kind of "Hobbit" world at their North Shore Cottages. Much of the architecture and hardscape is designed or inspired by renowned San Diego artist James Hubbell. Paths wind under tall trees, through shade gardens, to arrive at cottages that seem to grow out of the woods. The "Oyster Garth" is a meditative garden inspired by medieval monasteries.
Lisa and Steve Maier's garden in North Beach is a testimony to resourcefulness and imagination in garden design. Lisa has planted gardens in chairs, beds, bikes, wagons, even a rowboat. Old plates and pan lids, vintage signs, and cottage-garden perennials offer surprises around every corner. The Maier's guest house is one of the dreamiest on the island.
Trina and Odie Olson's waterfront garden in Westsound offers simple but elegant design on a hillside topography. Combining formal and informal elements, the garden is focused on the water view and three ponds that cascade down the hillside on the far side of the house. To the rear of the house, Odie keeps a greenhouse and vegetable garden.
Orcas Island (View)
304 Lovers Lane
Eastsound, WA 98245
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|