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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Garden of Joan Baldwin and James Walsh

Back in June, I had the pleasure of visiting the Baldwin/Walsh garden in Bothell. 

"Our 1/3 acre of gardens have been named "Walshwin Gardens" by our friends.  the last 40+ years have seen many iterations of the garden, transforming lawn and juniper hedges to perennial beds with interesting shrubs and trees."


"Removing three large fir trees several years ago transformed our front garden into a full sun garden with a rock garden, Japanese maples, roses, lilies, iris and more."

"The front garden hosts a water feature designed by James and two circular patios and stone walkways."


The cool spider web trellises were also made by James. 

I love these and think they'd also be a very attractive way to keep heron and raccoon out of koi ponds.



James found the huge fuse box on the right, mounted on a 300 pound piece of slate, in a grand home in Seattle which he was remodeling. Saving it from being thrown away, it makes an interesting and attractive ornament on this shed.

Part of the back garden is devoted to growing edibles in raised beds.

Further along the path in the back garden is a bit of lawn surrounded by serpentine mixed borders. 

The ornate column is gorgeous and I'm personally very fond of head planters for some reason. She's a beauty.

Many visitors inquired as to the identity of the "huge purple flower" in the front garden.  Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon Arum, Voodoo Lily, Dragonwort, Stink Lily, Wake Robin, Viagra Lily, Dragon's Tongue)  seems often to surprise people.



Looks like more cool finds are waiting to be added to the garden.

It would be fun to return someday to the garden of this creative couple to see what's cooking!

14 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely garden. I like that first s hot of the stone path with ground cover (woolly thyme maybe?). And I wonder what they'll be doing with those marvelous stained glass panels.

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    1. I'm wondering about the stained glass panels too. It's always exciting to once again see light shining through panels that have been stored away for a while.

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  2. Those paths of mixed stone and gravel are very attractive. I also like the yellow plate-flower ornament: its not the usual see-through glass and I'm surprised at how good it looks: it has a 70's vibe to it. The spider web trellises for the pond is genius. Will you get one?

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    1. Love those trellises and am wondering if James would make them for sale or of they were just a labor of love for his own garden. I'd love to get one!

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  3. James appears to be the one to make my spider's web cover for the stock tank pond!

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    1. Perfect. I'll email Joan and see if James would consider making these for sale.

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  4. With that stash waiting for new uses you will definitely have to ask for a return visit down the road.

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  5. Beautiful garden and those spider web trellises are fantastic!

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  6. OMG...I want one of those spider-web trellises too!!!!

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  7. The spider web trellises are marvelous - so much better than the real things! With a tighter weave, I bet they would make a great pond cover/raccoon deterrent.

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  8. Another on we missed. Thanks for the pics. Lots of fun stuff going on here.

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  9. A nice garden. I like head planters too. The spider web trellis is really cool.

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  10. Another grand garden! The trellis is really wonderful. Old stained glass is always calling my name, too. We restored several old windows over the years; it is wonderful to see the light shining through them again. :-)

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  11. Love the spiderweb trellis and assorted creatively repurposed finds around the garden. Nice space!

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