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2013 Garden Tour - Hoquiam

By: osdianna , 4:31 AM GMT on July 23, 2013

The Grays Harbor & Pacific County Master Gardener Garden Tour is thankfully a thing of the past to the joy of those who planned it. The gardens were in good shape and everyone had a great time.

Those of us fortunate to be docents in the Kessler Garden were enjoying a fairly mild day until sometime around 3pm when the marine air and wind descended upon us. It got pretty chilly very quickly.

My favorite thing was the Japanese Maple next to the pool. I also loved the Joklo...the Indonesian room. The most common word we heard was "peaceful".

I also liked the Parson's house and garden. It is a 1920's farmhouse with wonderfully colorful raised beds full of mostly flowers, but also berries and veggies. The property is on a hillside and has been terraced for easier (safer) access.

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:22 PM GMT on July 27, 2013
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4. osdianna
6:45 PM GMT on July 26, 2013
BC: It's a private home on 9 acres, almost 3 acres are beautifully landscaped by (I am sure) a crew of people. Lynn Kessler was first the president of Grays Harbor United Way, then our Representative for the harbor for many years, and her husband is a personal liability attorney with offices in Aberdeen and Seattle...they also have a large family, so they do a lot of entertaining.
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3. BriarCraft
4:05 AM GMT on July 25, 2013
I was just looking at your Kessler photos. That is an intriguing and beautiful place. What type of place is it? Private mansion or what? It really is spectacular and must take a crew to maintain it.
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2. osdianna
5:44 PM GMT on July 24, 2013
There...all of the photos are finally on display. I had taken another of the mature Japanese Maple that I really wanted up for display...it's such a beautiful tree, and it is the biggest one I have seen on any of our garden tours. There are some bigger ones in the yards of older homes in the Aberdeen/Hoquiam/Montesano
area.

When I drive around the older neighborhoods, I always check out the plantings because they usually have some of the nicer trees and bushes...age is definitely a factor!

As for seed gathering, at one of our Master Gardener meetings each year, usually in the fall, we have a seed or plant exchange after the meeting; it is one of our favorite things.
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1. Skyepony (Mod)
4:41 AM GMT on July 23, 2013
I like visiting those historic, early 1900 houses around here when things are in seed. It's one way to find your local slow food, especially food trees.
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