Garden of Lior Holtzman (Sasa Garden)
My seasonal job at the nursery has ended for the year and my retail schedule has not kicked in yet so I've had some extra time on my hands. I haven't been to an HPSO Open Garden since spring so I decided to do that this past Saturday. When I opened my pamphlet for the tour schedule, I saw that it was the last day for open gardens this year and only one garden was open! The garden was in Washougal which is a long trek, albeit a scenic one, and best of all, it meant no driving in or around Portland.
The description in the Open Gardens pamphlet described this as a garden in transition and as the owner, Lior Holtzman explained, the five-acre garden previously featured over 500 hostas. It is now being converted into a bamboo education center. The name "Sasa" refers to a plant genus in the Poaceae family which includes grasses and bamboos.
I saw some lovely specimens, like the one above, and each one had an impressive sign with information about the name and ultimate size dimensions.
|This is a dwarf variety that only grows to a few feet.|
|This one is the only variety that is eaten by Panda bears. Again, I don't know the name. I am a terrible journalist.|
|I do know that this one is Black Bamboo, a very aggressive one.|
There were other plants to see in the garden besides bamboo. There were several eucalyptus trees and the very one (E. pauciflora Snow Gum) that we have in our garden.
|Isn't it lovely? I am not sure what is going on with mine. It certainly doesn't have the mannered look of this one.|
|Different plant but same variety|
|A newly planted eucalyptus|
|The previous owners had installed this labyrinth - how cool is this?|
|Fall colors on Redbud (Cercis) and Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)|
More fall beauty -
|Mahonia 'Soft Caress'|
|Rhododendron 'PJM' with ferns|
|A stunning Japanese maple|
|A view from the deck with the labyrinth below and new bamboo grove to the left. Too bad it was so cloudy - I am sure the sky view is spectacular on a clear day.|
|A view of the shade garden next to the house with Tetrapanax (Rice Paper Plant) on the left.|
|Lagerstroemia 'Dyanmite' and an unidentified plant that I want!|
Thank you Lior for the excellent and educational tour. I will be looking forward to future developments!
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy