This 24-acre private property is both a wildlife refuge, an acclaimed garden and a 2000 sq. ft post-and-beam house located north of Redmond and Bellevue, Washington. The site includes a suspended wetland constructed by beavers. The current owner, Terry Welch, has managed to integrate English and Japanese garden traditions into a natural Pacific Northwest landscape. The site includes several beautiful outlooks, a network of paths.
The site can be reached via a long gravel drive to and entry gate. The home looks out from a hillside onto the wetland and includes a wrap-around deck, koi pond and walled garden.
Richard Hartlage, director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Washington. "Garden Sanctuary for the Children of the Moon", Pacific Horticulture, Summer 1999, pp. 32-39.
Not the snows of Fuji
Nor the auspicious plume
Of the white heron
Nor the sea-foam of Atami
Is so white
As the cherries of Aoyama:
The freshness of evanescence
On the carved stones of the dead.