I should mention before getting started I did already post a 3-part series on the Miller Garden last year, but considering the garden's many rare & exotic specimens, there is always plenty of new ground to cover...
|An overall view of the garden.|
|Heading into the dense, wooded area of the garden.|
|Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant chain fern)|
When woodpeckers started drilling into an old cedar tree next to Mrs. Miller's house, the garden's oversight board figured the tree was rotting from the inside out and decided to take it down. They had the trunk cut up in pieces and placed them around the garden. Just like in an old growth forest, the old rotting wood is making a new home for new generations of plants.
|Plants of different shapes, textures, and shades of green create living tapestries.|
|Rhododendron 'Walter Maynard'|
I was straggling way behind when I took the above photo, otherwise I would have asked what the names of two plants were. Some kind of epimedium and eucomis? That's about as good as you're going to get from me....
|Hydrangea aspera 'Plum Passion'|
|Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty', among others|
|Dicksonia antarctica (Tasmanian tree fern) in the background. I'm not sure what the plant with white flowers is. Could be a hardy orchid perhaps.|
|They had a schefflera, not sure of the species|
|Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum|
|Their greenhouse is way too empty...|
|Cyperus sp. (Possibly Cyperus glaber)|
Now some bad news: The Miller Garden is already sold out for 2013 but check their website in September or sign up for a Northwest Horticultural Society class at the Miller Garden to try for a spot in 2014. With a bit of initiative, it's pretty easy to be one of the 500 guests allowed into the garden each year.