A Restful Place
by Debbie Teashon
After a dangerous tree came down and became firewood, I took two of the wood rounds and rolled them into place. A weathered large plank topped the rounds and created a woodland bench. The stump in front eventually became the pedestal for a flat terra cotta tray for a bird bath. It fit in perfectly with the fallen nurse log that hosted ferns, moss and huckleberries.
This native woodland garden already existed when I moved in, back in 1984. It was just a matter of clearing the blackberry vines to find it. Trilliums, ferns, snowberries, huckleberries and more natives came out of hiding in this garden in the woods. This is the only garden I ever participated in where nature was the designer. I believe I could not have designed a more restful, beautiful place than what Mother Nature placed here. When I moved, it was hard to leave this sanctuary behind.