I sincerely respect the gardeners who open their gardens for us to see. 

This 12 months’s NPA (Northwest Perennial Alliance) open gardens are fabulous – so completely different, so cherished by their homeowners and so inspiring!

Following are some photos from the backyard of Don Brooks and Chris Syrjala (Seattle, WA)

that I used to be lucky to go to.

Completely charming views of wisteria nook:

That is what Don says about their backyard within the NPA Open Gardens listing:

“We moved right here in1978 to a small home with minimal landscaping. 

The property has gone by many modifications from a big veggie/fruit backyard, 

to a kids’s backyard, then perennial borders and now a collectors backyard. 

Right here you will see over 100 conifers, round 75 deciduous timber 

together with some 60 maples in addition to many companion plantings. 

We even have over 50 tons of stone, water options and different objects of curiosity”.

Don retired from 35 years {of professional} gardening and now, finally, 

has time to work in his personal place and on his personal tempo. 

He says: “No downside that’s most likely 25% of what I used to do. 

Now, it is principally in regards to the means of being out in my very own backyard.”

There have been loads objects of curiosity as Don calls them!

Considered one of my favourite options have been these distinctive ‘tables’:




Discovered objects, repurposed stuff, pure supplies… 

you simply need to run house and create one thing 

from no matter you could find in your individual backyard and round.


Extra photos. These have been taken with an iPhone:

Thanks Don and Chris for giving us such an awesome alternative to be amazed, stunned and impressed!


If you wish to see the place Don labored earlier than retiring, watch this video:


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