Saturday, August 4, 2012

Visiting Little and Lewis



  The first chapter of  George Little and David Lewis's iconic book "A Garden Gallery" is titled 'Gardening from Within'  -such a simple phrase but infused with the truth of what gardening truly is for many of us. Visceral , and from the gut, bathed in emotion. Joy, frustration, serenity , anger, fatigue-it's all there. My friends and I entered the gate of the Little and Lewis garden on Bainbridge Island and stepped into an intimate world of plants, art and water created by these 2 artists , drenched in atmospere , the canvas for their art. The artists eye and intuition is a wonderful gift when making a garden.





 The water features they have created are here are quite lovely, and they were kind enough to explain the how-to  of a few of them, including their wintering over strategies. This serene moss-infused number started it's life as a humble galvanized stock tank.


Simple but beautiful .

The rain tree !


Signature concrete columns create unique architecture. And the colors !




Cast leaves play nicely with the Hostas.






Lush garden view





Unfortunately , I didn't come back with a single picture of the chickens..how many chickens do you know that have coops decorated with Little and Lewis art ?

 Open by appointment, a must see garden if you are in the area. And did I mention, what charming warm and friendly gardeners these two men are ?

  Read more at their website  here.







8 comments:

  1. So great to read their book on the plane home after having met them and seen the garden. What generous, talented men they are. Great post, Kathy.

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    1. I usually read the Economist or the Atlantic on planes.You have the right idea.! I reread this book at least once a year, usually in the dead of winter..it's and annual event along with Auntie Mame and Shocking Beauty.

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  2. Little and Lewis was one of my favorite IU9 visits. Every little detail in their garden was so perfectly executed. George and David were so generous with their time. I didn't get any good shots of the chickens either but have me Little & Lewis chicken creation instead.

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    1. Such sweet men weren't they? And it was so tantalizing when George mentioned the 'back garden' ! One can only imagine..

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  3. What a fabulous and interesting garden. Green with envy here.

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  4. An absolutely beautiful garden, full of character and one that we would definitely love to visit given the chance. The planting combinations are superb. I love it!!

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  5. You are killing me Kathy! Fabulous post from a wonderful, inspirational garden.

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