The Mostly Mellow Garden of Westwind Farm Studio

Westwind Farm Studio is one of the places we saw during the first day of the Portland Garden Bloggers’ Fling. It seemed to me, as a Chicagoan, to be a very Portland sort of place, one where you can record music, take yoga classes, smell the fields of lavender, or commune with nature. It’s a place with a genuinely soothing vibe. 

A grass path leads to the gardens.
A grass path leads to the gardens.

Westwind contains 40 acres that includes woodland, a naturalistic meadow-style garden, and a more conventional garden around a pool.

A meadow garden slopes gently downward to deep green woods.
A meadow garden slopes gently downward to deep green woods.

What I loved best was the meadow garden. Grazing land for sheep not so long ago, it slopes downward towards deep green woods, providing a view that made me want to pitch a tent right there and start a new life as a squatter. 

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Yucca, Agastache, Leucanthemum, Perovskia, Rudbeckia and other flowers bloom among the grasses.

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I don’t know what this grass is (I feel like I should), but don’t the deep green conifers provide a fantastic background for it?

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Another deep green background really sets off these Astilbe.

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The same contrast really makes the red Monarda go KAPOW (a technical term used by garden designers). There were numerous hummingbirds zipping around but I wasn’t able to get pictures of any.

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The gardens here also boast some very satisfying plant combinations, like these Crocosmia and Perovskia.

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I was taken aback by these HUGE Epilobium in the more conventional upper garden. I’m used to seeing this plant in overgrown spots at the edge of the woods (its common name is Fireweed). Seeing it here made me appreciate its ornamental qualites, proving once again that a weed is in the eye of the beholder.

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Also in the upper garden there were big splashes of bold splashes of yellow, orange and red – contrasting with the sloping meadow, which was dominated by straw-colored grasses.

There was more to see at Westwind, but at this point my camera battery gave out. Because of her job Judy wasn’t able to get to Portland until the first evening of the Fling – so she missed all the gardens we saw on Friday and I had to be photographer for a day. Too bad she didn’t get to see Westwind, it would definitely have helped her decompress from her business trip.

40 Comments on “The Mostly Mellow Garden of Westwind Farm Studio

  1. This is a really lovely garden Jason, just the type I would like to visit, the vistas and plant combinations are fantastic. Kapow, indeed!

  2. Judy DID miss it, didn’t she? I like the broad views you captured in these photos. REALLY beautiful scenes!

  3. Beautiful. The hardest thing in the world (for me) to identify is a grass. Love the contrast between the conifers and the bright meadow flowers.

  4. Thank you for the lovely tour through one of my favorite gardens included in the fling. I also loved the meadow and I simply didn’t want to leave.

  5. Mmm, really love that garden – especially the meadow. I could definitely live with that look!

  6. The meadow garden looks beautiful and so does your Crocosmia and Perovskia combinaison. Very nice contrast.

  7. It sure would have helped Judy decompress! Ha…it just helped me decompress after getting all the beans down for bed! I was taken with the meadow garden as well and found it amazing how the colors popped against the softer colors…..so striking! What a fantastic garden!

  8. What a treat it must have been to visit such a beautiful place, those first three pics are truly beautiful, how natural it looks and yes….mellow is a word I would have chosen as well. A lovely post, I did enjoy it.xxx

  9. I have hummingbird envy – always do when I come over to the States for the the Fling.

    • No hummingbirds in Europe, I gather? Are they only a New World bird? We have only one species where I live, there are more in the West and far more in South and Central America.

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