July 2011

Field Trip to The Gardens at Laurel Hedge





Our chapter had the opportunity to visit the gardens hosted by Matthew and Darin, and Beatrix the Fox Terrier


"The Gardens at Laurel Hedge have been growing with us for the past ten years as a labor of love."


Beatrix, two year old wire haired fox terrier checking things out

The gardens have been designed over a former Christmas Tree farm ... note the occasional Nobel Fir in the landscape

Greenhouse and veggie beds where our tour started Pausing for a chat and to view the gardens below
Victorian Farm House viewed from the White Spiral Garden from the lawn of the Van Biezen Garden
Nursery with many wonderful plants to tempt.... gates to the Hydrangea Woodland
Harvey, opposite the Nursery Owl detail


Amelia statue

this Hydrangea was just one of the unique plants in the gardens

Eryngium (Sea Holly)

Rose sericea ( Winged Thorn Rose) some practical art .... the winding paths revealed something interesting at every turn
Trough fountain detail Koi Pond
some of the whimsical garden art available from the greenhouse looking over the gardens





Laurel Hedge is both a designer's private home and gardens as well as a boutique nursery. This two-acre estate is arranged into garden rooms hosting a Japanese garden with tea house, koi pond with rustic pavilion, white-flowering spiral garden, rose garden, hornbeam-lined alley, vegetable garden with greenhouse, and many others.

The property was purchased in February 2001 and has been transformed from a noble fir tree farm into an eclectic mix of specimen, species and beloved plants which highlight the multiple design concepts found here. Along with fountains, statuary, and charming garden structures, we will also see espalier, formal hedging and topiary, including a five-foot tall rabbit and a small herd of deer. The gardens have been designed for a show of continuous color and winter interest but are in their prime from April through late October.


Thank you Matthew and Darin for sharing your wonderful gardens with our Chapter !






all photos © s.andrews for the exclusive use of Clackamas County Master Gardeners