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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

Prelude to winter





Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. A whole lot of this going on here. Does your green man have to come in out of the frost to stay intact?

  2. Lisa, I've never brought him in and he has been fine. I've had him for a long time.

  3. Hi Phillip, beautiful impressions from your autumn garden!

  4. Hi Phillip, the garden is going to rest and I always feel a little sad. But there's always next year! Thanks for your lovely photographs.

  5. Both garden and gardener need to rest and rejuvenate so I'm not to sad to see winter rolls in. I love the bird bath: it looks like the water in it has frozen!


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