‘Winter Walks’ Sehome Hill Arboretum

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Today marks the second installment of our new series, ‘Winter Walks’.  As gardeners, we feel that our best inspiration often comes from walks like these. We hope these posts will lift your spirits during the grey days of winter, and maybe even give you a few ideas for your garden in the coming year.

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This week we took a jaunt down to the Sehome Hill Arboretum down at Western Washington University. In their ‘Hundred Acre Wood’, they have an extraordinary collection of native plants, smack dab in the midst of the city. It’s a wonderful place to take a contemplative walk, and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

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mossThere’s so much to see. Both in the canopy and on the forest floor. Aren’t these mosses and lichens just stunning? As we walked down the quiet paths, it felt as though we had entered an enchanted place.

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leafAnd the view from the top of the tower on the hill is quite nice!

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Our favorite find was this intriguing mutation.

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The play of light over leaves, path and trees inspired us to think about luminescence in our container plantings this spring. Perhaps some Euphorbia ‘Ruby Glow’, which looks spectacular in the late afternoon light will work its way into our future designs…

Warm wishes from all the Garden Spot Crew. We wonder, what are your favorite winter walks? Post some pictures to our Facebook page, and you’ll be entered into our “Photo of the Week” contest. 😉

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‘Winter Walks’ Maritime Heritage Park

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Now that the crisp winds of winter are blowing, we thought it might be nice to share a few of our favorite ‘winter’ walks. We feel like we get our best ‘gardening inspiration’ from walks like these.

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These photos of from a recent walk we did through Maritime Heritage Park downtown. There are some truly beautiful plantings there. These hardy fuchsias were still blooming profusely, even in November!

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It was a bit chilly, but the sun was out and so was some local wildlife.

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We were so taken with this Snowberry or Symphoricarpos albus.

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We hope these posts inspire you to get outside, enjoy all the beauty of Whatcom County and maybe even get some ideas for next year’s garden!

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How about you? What are you favorite winter walks? We’d love to hear your suggestions for future ‘winter walks’!