Garden Of the Month: July 2013

WE1As you walk along the Bear Creek Bike Path that goes between Walker Street and Normal Street, you will be intrigued by the cyclone fence that has many locks and keys attached to it. Further along there is a memorial made of shovels. Then you can peek into a lovely, serene and peaceful garden for meditation. Next, pass by a wooden fence covered in old snow skis. Now, if you are like me, you wonder who lives here?

Well, Wendy Eppinger lives here, at 190 Walker. She is a very artistic person who loves creating art from almost anything. She is also a dedicated gardener. She has spent years making her wonderful and interesting south-facing garden. Many trees…Monkey Pod, Variegated Box Elder, mulberry, maple, Douglas Fir, Santa Cruz Cypress, redwoods, an apricot and an apple shade her garden. In the front area are cottonwoods, a plum, a pear, a eucalyptus and an Incense Cedar filled with a collection of 34 decorative crows. Many of these trees were here when Wendy bought the property in 1993, and she added seven more.

Be sure to notice her personalized window boxes, many ceramic and clay masks, and the large mosaic on the back fence that has a story that Wendy will tell you about.WE3

Her garden has many peonies, rhododendrons, wisteria and perennials such as Erysimum Bowle’s Mauve, alyssum and dahlias. Notice the planter barrels next to the house with cut metal vines and leaves. There is so much more for you to discover!

Wendy has been described by her daughter-in-law as “the most persistently creative person I have ever met. Creating for Wendy is like breathing for other people, and every inch of space reflects this.”

Wendy’s garden is a hidden treasure.
~Karen O’Rourke

*Wendy asked that we not put up our AGC sign honoring her garden.