The Garden Tour - I - The Memorial Grove - The Memorial Square

We are entering the woodland garden known as the Memorial Grove.2011.10.08.tour14a Here and there are bells hanging from trees, placed in memory of a loved one who has passed over. The trellis at the path’s left was once in the Eldermound Bed.
At this point we leave behind the pebble paths. At left the low (pruned) shrubs are Douglas’ spirea, a native species named for one of the first botanical explorers (for whom the Douglas fir is also named). 2011.10.08.tour14b

Just around the bend and to the left is the Memorial Square. The two granite memorial benches in the foreground were placed for Jason Hauser, the one in the far corner for Michael Powers.
This is a space sometimes used for ritual. It is where the graduation ceremonies and Symposium take place for the Master Herbalist Program.
All of these rock bins were once located throughout the gardens, but the gardens are more protected with them here.

2011.10.08.tour14cWe walk east to leave the Memorial Square.
The path moves around a very large Bigleaf Maple, known by the gardeners as ‘Mother Maple.’
Those who visit the gardens in person will find a wonderful, magickal sight on the other side of Mother Maple, but the resident does not like a camera’s flash. This tour must respect privacy.

Mother Maple is at the left (out of sight).

At this point we turn to the right and will be walking east.2011.10.08.tour14d

Just at a very slight bend, on the left, is a patch of redwood sorrel.

2011.10.08.tour14eThere are numerous sword ferns in the Memorial Grove, a native species.

2011.10.08.tour15In the lower right corner is salal, another indigenous species, one also harvested illegally in vast quantity and sold as legal salal to the floral arrangement industry.

2011.10.08.tour15aAt the right is the trunk of a young Western Red cedar (also indigenous). Note the bells hanging from the branches.

And just beyond? At right?

The only true way to experience Hermit's Grove is to walk the paths and the separate gardens. Click on any photo in these pages to see it full size!

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