United States of America, Washington, King County, Seattle
Greer Garden (Seattle, Washington)
This garden is composed of two parts: an upper garden and a lower garden. The lower garden is a Japanese garden enclosed by a high brick wall. A small stream framed with plants winds through the lawn in view of the house. It originates from a natural spring on the upper level, forming a waterfall as it fills the pool below. The pool is surrounded by a rockery planted with azaleas, dwarf Japanese maples, and pine trees. A Colorado spruce cascades over the waterfall. In the spring the upper level is a mass of blooming daffodils and narcissus bulbs. These give way later to flowering rhododendrons, azaleas, etc., which are planted in beds surrounding the lawn. On either side of the upper lawn are native trees and shrubs, such as elms and huckleberry. A pink dogwood and Prunus dominate this part of the garden in the fall.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Popin Greer (former owners, 1913-1954); Otto Holmdahl (landscape gardener, 1930); Oliver Ester (landscape gardener, 1950-1960); John Kenyon (landscape gardener, 1950-1960); Ossie Ohata (gardener, 1960-1990); and Don Asalton (gardener, 1993 to date).
The folder includes a worksheet, site plans, plant lists, and a photocopy of an article about the garden.
Garden has been featured in "In A Seattle Garden on the Estate of Mrs. Robert P. Greer," House and Garden, December 1936