United States of America, Washington, Pierce County, Orting
Chase Garden (Orting, Washington)
This 4.5 acre garden is on a seven-acre site developed and maintained over the years by the property's owners. The site was purchased in 1943, but moved there in 1959. The area immediately around the house was designed by A. Rex Zumwalt in 1962 and evokes the spirit of a Japanese garden, while the adjacent second-growth woodland of fir, western red cedar, and hemlock hosts a variety of native plants. Other features include a meadow, mixed shrub beds, an allée of Lewisia cotyledon, cultivated pines and firs, and a magnificent view of Mount Rainier. The property is affiliated with The Garden Conservancy.
Persons associated with the garden include: A. Rex Zumwalt (landscape architect, 1962).
The folder includes worksheets, a garden plan, copies of articles and brochures about the garden, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Dean Stahl, "A Growing Legacy," The Seattle Times (magazine section), May 14, 1995, pp. 10-15
Garden has been featured in Bart Ripp, "Owners Ensure Property to Stay Parklike," The Tacoma News Tribune (Habitat section), May 3, 1997, cover and p. HB-3+
Garden has been featured in Valerie Easton, "Captured by the Chases," The Seattle Times (magazine section), November 24, 2002, p. 4+
Garden has been featured in Anne Raver, "Heavy Lifting for a Heavenly View," The New York Times, June 27, 2002, pp. D1 and D8
Garden has been featured in Sandra Sarr, "A Simple Splendor," Arches, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Spring 2004), pp. 20-21
Garden has been featured in Starr Ockenga, Earth on Her Hands: The American Woman in Her Garden (New York: Clarkson Potter, 1998)