One of the most engaging garden settings you might hope to encounter: Little and Lewis Garden Gallery
Traveling in the Pacific Northwest, in the Seattle area? I recommend an enjoyable, short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island, where you’ll find the enchanting gardenscape created by Little and Lewis: Open by appointment
Since my last visit, David and George have sold their original garden. It’s now been two years since they relocated from the exceptional garden created over an eighteen-year span, to begin agnew on the property next door. The new garden – pictured – sits on about a third of an acre in a residential neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, some 30 minutes from the dock in Seattle.
Akin to the former setting, a lush exoticism characterizes the new garden. Dappled light plays over the garden’s tropical specimens, and strongly architectural plants adorning containers, grouped around a stone-paved courtyard. An 8 and 1/2 foot moss-covered rain tree creates a lyrical plashing of water, while a courtly old Japanese maple presides over the garden’s abundant sculptures placed throughout.
The entire garden exudes the atmosphere of the ancient sites that George and David are drawn to, yet except for the established trees, the garden is a mere 10 months old at this time.
George and David, partners in Little and Lewis, have collaborated on their unique, color-washed concrete sculptures and installations since 1992. They travel frequently to Mexico, absorbing the light, color and architecture that influences their work.
Their stunningly photogenic works of garden art and horticultural expertise has featured widely in books (you’ll find an entry in my guidebook: Gardenwalks in the Pacific Northwest – Globe Pequot Press INSIDERS’ Guide) …and has been celebrated in magazines, as well as on television, including Martha Stewart Living and The Victory Garden.
You’ll find in-depth look at the art of Little and Lewis in their best selling, award-winning book: A Garden Gallery: The Plants and Hardscape of Little and Lewis (Timber Press Publisher): A Garden Gallery.