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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

Open Garden


Our garden will be open through the HPSO Open Gardens Tour. The board has just relaxed the standards so no appointment is necessary.

Here are the dates and times -

Sunday, May 30 - 2pm - 7pm
Monday, May 31 - 10am - 7pm

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. I'm gonna try to get over to visit... I would love to see your garden again!

    1. It's a hot mess but hope you can make it!

    2. I doubt that very much (hot mess)... however since I severely sprained my ankle today shimmying down to the Salmon River off a trail and can barely walk, I'm afraid I am not going to make it.

    3. Oh no, I hope it heals soon. You can come anytime. I want to try and see yours too.

  2. If I wasn’t 3000 miles away, I would be there. Always love your posts. Lucky visitors­čśŐ


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