Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 PNW trip day 3: Tacoma, WA

Day 3 of our 2015 Pacific Northwest road trip took us to Tacoma, Washington’s third largest city (after Seattle and Spokane). My personal highlight of our half-day visit was the garden of Peter Herpst, the Outlaw Gardener. Peter was gracious enough to show me around even though I hadn’t given him much advance notice.

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Peter’s picture-perfect Victorian, complete with the most densely planted hellstrip I’ve ever seen

Having followed Peter’s blog for years, I had a good idea of what his garden was like (I thought), but in reality it was even more fantastic. It’s a lush maze full of amazing plants, meandering paths, and quirky art pieces. I never knew what to expect around the next corner. I love this sense of adventure and discovery—something I think you only get to experience in somebody else’s garden because you know your own too well.

I was so enthralled with the Outlaw Garden, I didn’t want to leave. I took over 100 photos in record time and will have at least one detailed post in the weeks to come. For now, I hope you’ll enjoy these collages.

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After visiting Peter, I headed downtown to meet up with my family. We then walked across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to the Museum of Glass. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to see the exhibits, but I loved the architecture of the museum, designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. I hope to experience the Museum at night on my next visit!

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Tomorrow it’s on to Seattle.

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12 comments:

  1. I'm loving your road trip! Once again looking forward to your detailed post especially on the wonderful garden of Peter!

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    1. Some day I'll write a book about creativity and gardening, and Peter's garden will be a prime example.

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  2. It was such a delight to have you visit Gerhard! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and you are welcome back anytime. You are a talented photographer to make my mess of a garden look presentable especially in the glaring light of mid day. Sorry you missed the exhibits at the museum of ass but the bridge and outside are pretty cool. Seeing it at night is also fab and I hope you have the opportunity on your return visit!

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  3. Wonderful--looking forward to a great detail post on this.

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  4. I'm enjoying your travel-teaser collages, Gerhard. I look forward to seeing your full-blown post coverage. I hope the weather forecasters are wrong and the temperatures are milder than predicted for the PNW this weekend!

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    1. It's unseaonably hot everywhere in the PNW. And I had been looking forward to cool misty weather!

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  5. You've taken me back to the first time I visited Peter's garden, I was like a kid in a candy store! So many fabulous plants, and a super host too!

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    1. There's nothing like the thrill of visiting a garden for the first time. I feel that way about your garden last year.

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    2. There's nothing like the thrill of visiting a garden for the first time. I feel that way about your garden last year.

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