Garden Blogger's Fling, Portland: Linda Ernst
Now for something colorful! There are still a few more gardens to cover from this year's Garden Blogger's Fling, so today we'll visit the garden of Linda Ernst, half of the "Ernst/Fuller Gardens" combo. Linda Ernst and Joanne Fuller are neighbors who are friends and gardeners connected by a garden gate. Each garden was so full of visual stunners that I want to take an intimate look at both, thus each one will have its own post.
A bit about the gardens: Joanne and Linda have been friends for a long time. Both are incredibly creative and original with very different styles of gardening. I would say that Linda's garden is larger on a lot-and-a-half and has more color in its exuberant blooms while Joanne's feels more like a magical woodland with surprises tucked in hidden corners. Linda is a glass artist with an artist's studio on site (that was once the garage), and her art is featured throughout her garden.
Here's what the Garden Blogger's Fling website says about her garden:
Linda Ernst: My lot-and-a-half city garden hosts several garden ‘rooms’ and a variety of garden art, with a big emphasis on fused garden glass, which I craft in my garage-turned-studio. The front garden features plants for winter fragrance and hydrangeas for summer interest, anchored by a huge swath of Hakenenchloa macra. The side yard features a patio and fire pit; mixed borders; a small dry garden; clipped euonymous, berberis, taxus and juniper; and a small raised-bed kitchen garden with interesting solutions to the problems of hiding the less attractive bits of garden reality. The backyard is a gravel dining courtyard with stainless steel fountain and stacked stone seating wall, and a stucco wall sparkling with a colorful window of fused glass tiles. Bends are a mixture of crisp hedging and billowing prairie plants. A bluestone and steel mantel is adjacent to a new steel and glass gate leading to Joanne Fuller’s garden next door.
other bloggers mentioned in posts about this garden, these plants up top are referred to by many as "ladies in waiting"…I love that!
Linda was so gracious to allow all 80 of us (in two shifts, mind you) to roam around and admire her vibrant and welcoming garden. She is an extremely accomplished gardener whom I admire very much. I had heard a lot about both her garden and Joanne's garden, and this was my first visit, hopefully not the last - I was pretty blown away by this pair of gems. Linda's use of electric colors echoes in her artwork and ties the whole garden together, while each garden room has a slightly different ambiance.
While I did not see a lot of native sun perennials, there were a few in the shady areas. I did not see any invasive species, so kudos to Linda!
It was such fun to put together this post, to relive this glorious summer day. Thank you, Linda, and stay tuned for next week's post about her dear friend and neighbor, part II of the Ernst/Fuller combo.
Thank you for reading and until next week, happy gardening!