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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

December garden

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  1. Yes, I can see December and the coming of winter in your garden. Beautiful photos! I loved the one with the bird in the fountain. A robin flew to one of our birdbaths the other day and posed for the longest time, waiting for me to take its picture. Arrrg! One of the few times I was outside, without my camera!

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  2. Beautiful, Phillip. When I look outside at my garden I see snow coming down.

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  3. Really nice pictures. Pretty. That's something I always forget this time of year because I'm a warm weather person.

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  4. I had a pot of that bamboo the past couple of years. It was outgrowing it's pot. I stuck it into the ground under a tree where not much will grow. If it grows fine. I think I can keep it in check. If not...maybe I am thinking foolishly. Love seeing your garden in late fall. You still have lots of green.

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  5. It still looks so nice... Love the sense of late-fall melancholy.

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  6. I can feel the crisp air meanwhile we are hot here..the kitten will soon be looking for a warm fireplace

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  7. Really enjoyed the richness of your imagery particularly the arbor framed by the purple walls, Phillip, will certainly be back.

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  8. Your garden looks so wonderful and peaceful at this time of year...love it!

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  9. I'm envious of your Armand clematis. The Arboretum at NCSU had one and it was wonderful in bloom. Loved the fragrance.

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  10. Pictures worthy of a magazine, Phillip@!

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  11. Beautiful structure to your winter garden. Love the close-up shot of the bark and climber (what is it?).
    If you ever need someone to babysit your sweet cat? I volunteer.

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  12. Phillip you said you wanted to find swamp rose. I got mine from Antique Roses Emporium. I don't think this particular rose is a species rose, but some sort of hybrid of unknown ancestry. Whatever it is it's a really nice tough rose.

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  13. Hi Phillip, your garden looks sooo... lovely even in winter. Job well done! I think it is one of the most difficult things to achieve in a garden to have it looking good year round. You certainly excelled in that! I love the blue painted wall. It has an amazing effect. Of course, I have to ask what is the name of the rose in the first photo. It looks like a Tea Rose to me. Wishing you a nice rest of the weekend!
    Christina

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  14. Phillip, Your garden is beautiful and I am loving your photos! You have a marvelous eye for detail and composition. gail

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  15. Chavliness, that is a creeping euonymus and I don't know the exact variety.

    Christina, the rose is Mrs. B.R. Cant.

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