I was NOT going to spend 5 days in Portland for the Garden Writers thingie without taking Ketzel up on her invitation to see her garden, so I found a couple of her fans with a car, and off we went for a private tour.
Turns out her garden is just as wild and sociable as you’d imagine, and packed with plants I can’t grow in Maryland. Seating areas start in the front yard (fenced and very private, top photo) and continue in the back where there’s a stunning water feature to mask the sounds of the city. And check out the great colors of the house itself – pea green, orange and brown on a cute bungalow.
Too bad the gardener herself was missing – still back in D.C. talking to her NPR bosses – and not available to ID all her weird plants for us. Not to mention pour us a nice Oregon wine.