The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by Donald OlsonThe Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by Donald Olson

The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British…

byDonald Olson

Paperback | July 23, 2014

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“Your must-visit list of Northwest gardens is finally organized and illustrated.” —Sunset

Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia have a wealth of top-notch public gardens. In The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour veteran travel writer Donald Olson highlights sixty of the most outstanding options and provides all the information you need to make the most of your visit. This gorgeous and useful guide includes cherished public gardens and a handful of the most groundbreaking nurseries. Packed with memorable stories and stunning photography, it is a fantastic garden tour that only the scenic Pacific Northwest can provide.
 

Donald Olson is a novelist, playwright and travel writer. His seven published novels include The Confessions of Aubrey Beardsley and My Three Husbands. Donald’s plays have been produced in London, New York, Amsterdam, and Portland. His travel stories have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other national publicati...
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Title:The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British…Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:July 23, 2014Publisher:Timber PressLanguage:English

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Introduction When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest, it was the gardens that immediately caught my eye. I’d come from a place where gardens, when they weren’t buried under snowdrifts, were yards with mowed grass, shade trees, a few hardy shrubs, and not much else—except for mosquitoes. What a different world it was in the Northwest, where I couldn’t turn around without confronting a rose or a rhododendron, and where the pungent smell of bark dust was always floating in the air. Plants I’d read about but never seen grew with a kind of luxurious abandon. If I kept my eyes open, I could always find something in bloom, even in fall (autumn cyclamen and crocuses) and winter (witch hazels). And to top it all off, the natural landscapes of this region, where Native Americans had lived for more than ten thousand years and European settlers for fewer than two hundred, had a beauty and a grandeur that astounded me then and continue to astound me today.             Yes, it’s true, from November through May there is rain, lots of it, in every form you can imagine. And yes, the skies are sometimes dark and gray for weeks on end. All I can say to that is, so what? If you’re a plant, or a gardener, this is paradise.  

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“Your must-visit list of Northwest gardens is finally organized and illustrated.” —Sunset   “You’ll find not only a fine, concise introductory essay on the history of gardens in our region, but also photos, descriptions and details sure to lure you out to visit gardens new and familiar.” —The Seattle Times “We’re spoiled by beauty in the Pacific Northwest, and this book proves it. Travel writer Donald Olson offers his take on the 60 best gardens to visit in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.” —425 Magazine “The book is one that any garden lover should own, and that includes just about anyone with the senses of sight and smell.” —The Oregonian   “A companion for plant lovers and Northwest explorers to revisit for many seasons to come…Olson’s tours are the perfect blend of history, horticulture and a trip to the art gallery.” —The Register-Guard “A must-see bucket list for gardening aficionados.” —The Daily Astorian