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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

Beauty in the details

Raindrops on Japanese maple

It is 70 degrees today, cloudy with the threat of rain. Stormy weather is predicted for Saturday and of course has people on edge. The tornadoes that came through a few years ago is still fresh in the memory.

There is beauty in the garden this time of year, you just have to look for it. Often, it is lurking in the small details.

The vibrant winter foliage of Viburnum "Mohawk" with Holly "O'Spring" in the background -

Camellia "Chansonette" -


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. The heavy snow smashed any grasses in the garden and all else looks weather worn here. Your camillia is gorgeous. What a nice bright spot in the garden. I hope nothing more than rain comes your way. The same storm is inundating us with rain.

  2. The raindrops on the maple are so pretty. It is hard to find the beauty in the winter garden.

  3. It's all beautiful!!! Love gardens in the winter...that's when we see the bones

  4. The Winter garden has it's own rewards. The gardener as well as the plants need to rest and plan for Spring. In the PNW we call 70° summer! Wouldn't trade places with you though for fear of the tornadoes: stay safe.

  5. Your photos are spectacular.. We are expecting a blizzard tonight and unfortunately, we are committed to being out and about in it tomorrow... Could be interesting!
    Merry Christmas...Larry

  6. Love the color on the viburnum, it's beautiful.

  7. Hi Phillip, Stay warm and safe. Happy Holidays!

  8. Hi Phillip, I agree with you . On the first glance there is not much going on in my garden at this time of the year, but if I really look closely I always find something that is delightful, fascinating, and utterly beautiful. Hopefully the storm isn't too bad! Wishing you and your partner a Merry Christmas!

  9. It's nice to know that you still have little pretty spots around in your winter garden, because they can be so hard to find!

  10. True that! Here, it is mostly brown, but we also had ice, and that made for some pretty pictures. Thanks for sharing Phillip. Hope you guys had a Merry Christmas.~~Dee


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