United States of America, Oregon, Washington County, Sherwood
Bella Madrona (Sherwood, Oregon)
Ample rainfall and favorable growing conditions are evident in the lush 5 to 7-acre garden that features naturalistic plantings of shrubs, perennials and annuals that blend into the woodlands of native Pacific Madrone and cedar trees. There are many garden rooms with distinctive and whimsical features, including a frog grotto, a walkway made of the bottoms of recycled glass bottles, a blue garden of shiny orbs, and a more conventional walkway lined with peonies, beds with late-blooming red perennials, a rose and yew garden, fish pond, and a shade garden planted in hostas, ferns and hydrangeas. Native rocks are placed strategically in garden beds and used in an alpine rock wall. When the garden was created with landscape designer Michael Schultz plants of varying shapes were selected to create complex visual patterns, and located where the growing conditions would be favorable to the species.
Landscape designer Michael Schultz creates gardens that feature varying textures and colors of plant material, and innovative uses of hardscape elements.
Persons associated with the garden include Dave Green (previous owner, 1970-1980); Michael Schultz (landscape designer); Cynthia Woodyard (landscape designer).
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The Portland Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
The folder includes worksheets, a write-up of the property and photocopies of articles.
This property is featured in "Naturalistic Gardening: Reflecting the Planting Patterns of Nature," by Ann Lovejoy, photographs by Allen Mandell, published in 2002 by Sasquatch Books; "Town and Country" magazine, 1993; "Pacific Horticulture" magazine, February 1993; "Martha Stewart Living" magazine, March 1996
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