I realized that my favorite thing that I saw during my trip to NYC (other than my friends) was the Highline, a public garden built upon an abandoned railroad.
The fact that the gardens were the most inspiring thing made me realize that I do in fact belong in Portland!
Alison told me that the Highline was designed by garden designer, Piet Oudulf.
His work is amazing. He uses lots of native plants, perennials, and grasses and he creates these beautiful landscapes that have amazing color in all seasons.
He uses grasses for color and even the dying seedheads provide textural and color interest in the dead of winter.
Someday I would like to visit the Netherlands and view his private garden. There are so many more beautiful, inspiring garden examples in this pdf I found on the Harvard School of Design course he taught about designing for Mood in the garden:
“Mysticism totally depends on circumstances that are out of your control. Fog, dusk. It makes you feel on your self in a different world.”
“Emotion and mood are vital to the success of a garden…They are qualities, however, that are very difficult to define in hard-and-fast terms. It is always difficult to describe why certain gardens are attractive and not others. It is even more difficult to write prescriptions for creating different moods, for mood is only something that can be planned into a garden to a limited extent.”
Hillsboro near Intel is growing like crazy. I heard that Cornelius Pass used to be this quiet little rural road and now they are doing massive construction on it to handle all of the traffic. Near the powerplants and electrical lines and all of the big box surburban sprawl is a real gem brought to you by McMenamin’s: Imbrie Hall.
The grounds and landscaping are stellar. It would be a great place for an event or wedding.
Super cute wooden sheds.
Look at all of the cool windows inside this rustic barn. I would love a cabin/tiny home like this:
I love this garden, I’m not sure if it’s fennel or Queen Anne’s lace
Southwest Beaverton is growing like crazy, they’re putting up all of these giant mcmansions or starter homes for 450k, and this is deep Beaverton, like I don’t even know if it’s technically Beaverton or Hillsboro or Tigard. I don’t understand what these people do because if any of them have a job to go to in Portland- good luck with that commute. It seems like the traffic and congestion in that part of the suburbs has gotten crazy,like worse than the city traffic.
But it is understandable why so many people are flocking to this area of town when you see these pictures. Southwest Beaverton is elevated above the rest of the valley in Washington County. I guess they’re the Tualatin “mountains” – not really the mountains like the 14er Mount Hood, or the coastal range, but certainly high enough to get great views.
We dog sat for these people who live in this area. And they’re lucky enough to see this everyday in their backyard. With a better camera than my iphone you would be able to see Mt. Hood. Jealous.
And there’s Cooper Mountain. It’s crazy how you’re in a meh, residential area and then all of a sudden you wind up in this awesome area, and it’s like when did I end up in the Shire?
Oh and this is random, but gallairda looks like little sunflowers and is very pretty. I want this in my garden:
I literally have a Google spreadsheet with a list of places I want to go to in the Pac NW area. We’ve hit several of the places already, and I would love to go back to all of them: Smith Rock, Waldo Lake, Crater Lake, etc.
I kept saying I want to go see the rhodies at the Crystal Spring Rhody Garden. Finally, a few weeks ago we went and they also happened to be hosting a daffodil competition. I kid you not.
Look at all the darling daffodils, they would make for a great pattern or acrylic painting.
Always lovely hellebores in my favorite shade of dark magenta