United States of America, Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland
Duckridge Farm (Portland, Oregon)
This 85-acre property and its gardens have been under development since 1979 by both the original owner and her architect grandson, the current owner. The house, completed in 1979, is styled after French country farmhouses. Because of the advanced age of the original owner, one of the primary objectives of the garden was to allow her to view it from the house without actually venturing out into it. This was accomplished by creating long axial views deep into the landscape through a variety of garden spaces. The house is on a hilltop and the gardens terrace down the hill from the house. The entry hall of the house is in line with the most significant landscape feature, the meadow, which stretches from the house to the wood's edge. Additional axial views from the house include one framing Bald Peak, the highest peak that can be seen from the house, while other axial views can only be appreciated while in the garden. These various views are framed and aligned by using evergreens trimmed like columns and low walls to edge and direct the eyes through the garden. Architectural elements at the end of each axis provide focal points. In deference to the style of the house, gardens close to it are formal and "continental" in design. Moving away from the house, the gardens loosen up and relate better to the woods that surround the site. Within the overall evergreen structure are perennial gardens punctuated by ornamental shrubs and trees selected for spring and fall color. Annuals are used sparingly in containers where the soil and water can be better controlled. The current owner continues to use the garden as a laboratory to explore new ideas and to improve on less successful decisions made in the past. Overall, this is aided by the remarkable climate and good soil conditions of Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Persons associated with the garden include: Blanche Dimmit Miller (former owner, 1978-1990).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, a description of the garden written by the owner, and a color photo.