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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

Weeping China Doll rose and Rose Campion






Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

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  1. Phillip tell me about the rose campion. I just ordered seeds of a white rose campion and would love to know how it does for you. Sun or shade? Self seeding? Any info would be helpful. I am really focused on filling in the white garden here.

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  2. David, it is a wonderful old fashioned annual that reseeds freely. It does fine in my garden with just a little sun - maybe 3 or 4 hours a day. It may pop up in surprising places but you can easily pull it out.

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  3. What a beauty. Any nibbles on your house?

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  4. Very nice Phillip! Any bites on the house yet?

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  5. Lisa and Carol, a few lookers but nothing serious yet. I am afraid the garden is going to be a liability. :(

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  6. I love that China Doll rose! I like it combined with the bright Rose Campion.

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  7. Are you serious?? It's CRAZY that your beautiful garden is seen as a liability.

    Is it because people are intimidated by the idea of maintaining it? Or do that many people really prefer a sterile lawn?

    As for rose campion, I feel like a failure because I've tried direct sowing it a few times in the garden and have never gotten any results. (Either that or I've mistaken the seedlings for weeds and accidentally killed them, which of course is a possibility.)

    I probably need to find annual seedlings someday, plant them and then let them self-sow...

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  8. the right person will come along. one that will take good care of it!

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  9. Aaron, I am sure it would be the maintenance! There are not a lot of people that enjoy that! haha

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  10. Beautiful roses :)

    Have you decided if any of your roses will be coming with you when you move?

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  11. Phillip, You shared a rose with me several years ago and I believe it is the weeping china doll. It is very ruffled and I used it to make some beautiful arrangements for a church luncheon. You weren't sure at the time what rose you were sharing. Just wanted to say thanks. Sherry

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