Brent and I recently attended our good friends Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones’ wedding party at their amazing garden and home near Seattle. It was also a major birthday party for Dan, and all his family and best friends were there. I’ve been there many times, but this time the garden outdid itself ! It was Agapanthus heaven ! They thrive in his open sunshine/windy bluff and stole the show, even from Martha Stewart, who was there as well.
This photo (above) shows a glimpse of part of the garden. It is designed for strolling…. no real ‘beds’, as you are in them at all times. It is a great way to experience the plants, as if you are in the wild. A soft yellow Phygelius can be seen here, with a very upright grass , Panicum ‘Northwind‘, which I am now in love with !
Our good friends Tom Fischer (Timber Press, Portland, OR.) and Bill Thomas (Director, Chanticleer Gardens, PA.) strolling around the spellbinding garden with Brent . The tall ‘prayer flags’ are from Tibet.
Dan and Bob, who tied the knot after 30 years together
The first night, there was a smaller dinner for ‘out-of-towners’ in the house. It was great to sit across from Martha , as we have been in her magazine and on her old TV show twice. It was also nearly Martha’s birthday , so there was lots of ’Happy Birthday’ singing .
I could only think of Phoebe Snow’s gorgeous song ‘I Don’t Want The Night To End’ as I walked up the driveway to go. A touch of spray paint transformed the massive Gunnera plant into an incredible flashbulb-loving work of art !