Like many people, I'm drawn to gardens for their calm serenity and their beauty. I love texture and color and 1/3 of the photos I take are landscapes and gardens. In preparation to designing our garden, I pulled together a bunch of my photos and created an inspiration book. The individual photos can be found on my flickr site.
I had originally planned to hire someone to help me with the install of the garden. I had a rough idea of what form the garden would take, but not the specific plants. But then I realized that the garden is something that will be constantly evolving over our lifetime of living there, so it doesn't have to be perfectly done right away. Therefore, I can do a little bit here and a little bit there and learn more about gardening as I go. So I've been reading a lot of books and studying my photos more closely and making lists of the plants I want to include.
Seattle Japanese Garden and the 230 acre Washington Park Arboretum are just a 5-10 minute walk from our property.