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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 blossoms.

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 flowering trees.

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.


Our Vegetable Garden is supported by the WSU Master Gardeners & the Master Gardener Foundation of King County.
Garden Conservancy Northwest Network

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 battandieri).

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 heart.

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 display.

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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