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Heg Garden

Despite deer, rabbits and a lack of irrigation, the homeowners have curated a remarkable garden on this 21-acre island property, combining choice ornamentals and everyday native plants with artistic flair.


Season:
Autumn


Location:
Greenbank, Whidbey Island, WA, USA


Credits:
GAP Photos/Karen Chapman - Owners: Jim & Deborah Heg


Feature No:   4352 

Qty of Images:    27 

 



 
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Synopsis
Designing the low-slung Craftsman-style home to meld into the landscape, Deborah took inspiration for the large property from park-like settings such as the Bloedel Reserve (WA, USA) and Stanley Park (BC, Canada) and the work of Capability Brown. The dual sense of openness and enclosure has been created by the juxtaposition of rolling lawns and forested areas while granite terraces at the rear of the home take advantage of the south westerly views over Puget Sound towards Marrowstone Island and the Olympic Mountains. To outwit the deer, Deborah observed their routes, placing temptation away from their preferred trails, focusing on deer-resistant plants and spraying with repellents when needed. Farther away from the home, spraying was too costly and labor intensive so only the most deer-resistant plants were used in those areas, minor damage being ignored. Designed primarily for spring and fall interest, with a focus on shades of green, the transition from predominantly native plantings in the far reaches of the property to more contemporary and eclectic combinations adjacent to the house make this garden a sanctuary for the owners that is filled with unexpected vignettes.

 

 

 
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