The Lim Garden is a private 1-acre residence in Woodinville, WA.
It’s my childhood home. Creating a garden here (or anywhere) was never on my radar until the summer of 2017 when the random idea to dig a BBQ fire pit in the backyard escalated into a full-speed ascent (or descent, depending on how you look at it) into the world of gardening.
The land had been left as wild woodland since logging came through in the 1890s, including the 39 years my family has lived there.
With no previous gardening, horticultural or landscaping experience, but an intense newfound fascination with plants and a drive to create a personally inspiring space, things quickly escalated as I set out to transform the land.
Before I knew it I had selectively felled dozens of trees to open up light (don’t worry there are many more), built a network of beds, paths, and structure, loaded in ton after ton of rockery, built a flagstone terrace, a goldfish pond and more.
A propagation greenhouse was built in spring 2020 and a sheltered nursery area was added over winter 2021 for future plant sales.
The property is on a light slope and quite varied topographically, which when combined with the mature cedars and firs, creates a multitude of microclimates. Most of the garden is characterized as ‘woodland’, but I’ve tried to blend a variety of garden styles together. The pond area has some lush tropical flare, the beds around the veg garden are inspired by cottage/meadow themes, while other areas combine healthy native flora with decidedly non-native plants.
The garden currently supports about 1600 species and cultivars, including many rare or first introduction plants (to western horticulture, at least as of 2020). I gravitate towards foliage and form over prioritizing flowering and prefer to see it as a brief seasonal surprise or highlight in a bed rather than the overall effect.
Notable collections include Aucuba, Ligularia/Farfugium, Aspidistra, Polygonatum/Disporum/Disporopsis, and ferns.
Despite being small by botanical garden standards, I borrow the neighboring forest land to extend and surround the space, making it feel larger and more secluded.
The garden is still in its infancy and I have a lot to learn, it’s an experiment and a personal expression, but I am happy with what I’ve achieved in a very short time.
I've decided to open the garden up to the public to contribute to what I've learned is a strong community of passionate gardeners, and in the hope it brings some joy to others as it has to me.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the garden!
The garden is located in the Cottage Lake area of Woodinville, WA.
It is a private residence and not open to the public except on specified open days (TBA) or by appointment.
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