1. Plant Sale Area
The plant sale area is located next to the garden entrance.
2. Rain Garden and Alder Grove
The rain garden was designed especially for the entrance into
the garden. The stream bed directs water runoff from the
parking area to a small pond among the alders.
3. Unusual Perennials Garden
In this garden over 100 rare perennials from specialty
nurseries have been planted. Some of the plants have only
recently been introduced by plant explorers from many places
in the world.
4. Heritage Flower Garden
This area was inspired by Aunt Nettie’s garden which was full
of shared flowers from friends and neighbors. Growing here are
peonies, heathers, irises and various perennials. Roses are in
abundance — many are heritage climbing varieties. The
backdrop to this garden includes many fruit and ornamental
trees. In the spring look for Magnolia‘Elizabeth’ with yellow
5. Elizabeth Fenzl Garden Room
This enclosed garden room is a quiet retreat for relaxed sitting.
Many hardy fuchsias as well as some unusual shrubs and trees
including Parrotia persica, eastern white pine (Pinus strobus),
and Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii), make up the walls of
this garden. Among the beds that surround this garden are tree
peonies, umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata), eucryphia
and a mature catalpa. A ‘Nelly Moser’ clematis scrambles up a
Rainier Cherry. Surrounding the house are many established
plantings such as rhododendron ‘Cynthia’, climbing
hydrangea, aucuba japonica, magnolias, azaleas, and many
6. Hoop House and Nursery Area
The hoop house and nursery area is used for propagating
plants for the garden and plant sales.
7. Vegetable Demonstration Garden
A large vegetable demonstration garden has been developed.
The garden incorporates raised vegetable beds with paths
6-foot wide. Fig, apple, and Italian plum trees have been
planted, and along the perimeter beds are blueberries,
raspberries, aronia berry, rhubarb, corn, beans, squash, and
more. We're hopeful for large crops of produce to help the
local food bank.
In 2016 we donated 1635 lbs to local food banks.
8. Louie / Christensen Aviary
Stop by the aviary to listen to the soft sounds of the doves and
to enjoy the peafowl, cockatiels, and parakeets.
9. Schaefer Pond Garden
The Pond Garden showcases many moisture loving plants,
including water lilies, gunnera and umbrella plant (Darmera
peltata) which blooms on bare stalks in spring. Look for the
lion’s head maple at the south end of the pond.
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10. Carlmas Long Borders
Two opposing mixed borders extend down the slope
approximately 420 feet. The use of opposite borders was
inspired by garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. The focus here
is one of color, and flows from cool to bright sunny tones. A
favorite specimen of visitors is the banana tree located near
the top of the north border; it can reach 15-feet high each
year before frost. As you proceed down the kaleidoscope of
color along the south path be watching for the spectacular
striped-bark maple. Other interesting plantings include
deciduous azaleas, wingthorn rose (Rosa sericea), golden
ninebark (Physocarpus), and Moroccan broom (Cytisus
11. Ole and Sarah Skagen Cedar Grove
This tranquil area features a number of mature western red
cedars. Surrounding the cedar grove area are numerous
kalmias with distinctive flower clusters that bloom in June.
Pieris, Solomon seal, rhododendrons, magnolia,
viburnums, and camellias are abundant along the paths in
this area. Of special interest is the ‘Aptos Blue’ Sequoia near
the path in the northeast area of this garden.
12. Ravine Garden
Along with many native plants you will find
rhododendrons, pieris, hardy geraniums, Japanese maples,
and ferns growing in the Ravine Garden.
13. Wildflower Prairie Meadow
The land on the east side of the creek was once part of a
prairie that extended as far as Covington, and has soil
dramatically different from that found on the west side of
the creek. We are re-establishing the plants and flowers
there that normally grow on prairies, such as wild
strawberries and Garry Oaks.
14. Oie Native Woodland
Just as you would expect, this area is truly woodland,
devoted to nativeplants such as bleeding heart, trillium,
twinflower, fringecup, licorice fern, swordfern, and more.
15. Leonard and Olive Skagen woods
This area near the site of Leonard and Olive’s long time
residence is full of natives such as trilliums and bleeding
16. Soos Creek Heritage Center
The Heritage Center is devoted to the history of the early
settlers of the 70 square mile area called the Soos Creek
Plateau. An extensive collection of early photos, historical
maps and artifacts of the ancestors of the region is on
The Heritage Center is supported in part by a grant from
4Culture, a King County Arts and Culture organization.
17. The Red Barn
The Red Barn at the top of the parking area is used for our
educational programs and other activities.
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