Greg Graves of Old Goat Farm talks about Great Plant Picks

 Greg speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club about Great Plant Picks

Greg speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club about Great Plant Picks

On an extremely warm September 8th, we invited Greg Graves come talk to us about Great Plant Picks.

About Greg
In addition to being one of the owners of the Old Goat Farm nursery, Greg was the head gardener at The E.C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, WA for 13 years, and retired in the spring of 2011. Greg has also been an enthusiastic member of the Northwest Horticultural Society of which he is past president of the board and chairman of the education committee.

He is on the perennial committee of Great Plant Picks and president of The Pacific Horticulture Society. His current passion is building the new garden at Old Goat Farm.

Dogwood gals enjoying some social time

Dogwood gals enjoying some social time

Checking out Great Plants
Greg brought a wide selection of plants and talked about their attributes and why they were selected for Great Plant Picks. The plants were also for sale, so we left educated and with fabulous plants to add to our yards.

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Mark’s Ponds Take our Breath Away

The Trout Pond created by Mark the Pond Guy

The Trout Pond created by Mark the Pond Guy

On October 13, the Dogwood Garden Club got the chance to tour “Mark the Pond Guy’s” yard. Mark installs ponds for a living, but his ponds are more than just pools of water. Mark is a garden artist and his ponds, although each stunning, were designed to even more be more beautiful viewed from each window of his home.

His wife, Cindy, treated us to fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies, while Mark showed us around and told us stories of how he got started. He also told us how to get rid of heron — put in a fake alligator. Who knew.

Mark’s yard has three pondless waterfalls, a koi pond and a trout pond, among other things. Next year they are going to be incorporating music into his yard when his wife (an accomplished pianist) will be performing in the garden.

I think every one of us left thinking we needed a pond in our yard.

Enjoying Mark's Ponds

Enjoying Mark's Ponds

Thank you Mark for your hospitality.

Dogwood Park Clean Up

The view from Dogwood Park.

The view from Dogwood Park.

An handful of us from the Dogwood Garden Club got together this morning to spruce up Dogwood Park. The park sits outside Eatonville, and had a stunning views of Mount Rainier and farmlands.

In the shadow of Rainier we trimmed bushes, paths, racked and piked up trash. Of course, we made time to have a coffee and donut break.

Sharon Aguilar took some rose hips home. I’m thinking we might see some rose hip jam later this year.

Great job everyone!!

Clippings pilling up

Clippings pilling up
Coffee break during the Dogwood Park clean up

Coffee break during the Dogwood Park clean up