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The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle

The Sunny Bank I was very excited to get the opportunity to visit this garden because I've heard so much about it. It did not disappoint. The garden was created by Elisabeth Carey Miller and her husband Pendleton who purchased the house in 1948. Mrs. Miller was a self-taught gardener who used her artistic skills (she majored in Art History) to create the stunning garden which features a dense canopy of native conifers. She became a plant collector and tracked down unusual specimens and was known as a well-respected plantswoman in the horticultural community. The front entrance Visiting this garden is not exactly easy. It is situated in a restricted community and there is a limit to the number of visitors per year. You must make an appointment on the website at designated times or you can find a tour group like I did. The address isn't listed either although even if you had it, you would have to get past the security guard at the gate to the neighborhood. I think if I lived in


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. I'm on a rant against overuse of grasses in my neighborhood right now, but your photo is a stunner! Complex color and form --- very arresting.

  2. This photo was taken a few weeks ago.

  3. Beautiful, love those autumn tones

  4. Beautiful grasses - I love the colors.

  5. I love grasses in the gardens! Beauitufl photo!


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