The Garden

Many interesting and delightful gardens abound in our area — how fun to glimpse into a gardener’s back yard (or even front yard). Enjoy gardens from Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Central Kitsap, and the North end of Kitsap including Bainbridge Island. These articles are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Home & Garden magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version today to see all of what we have to offer!

Foot bridge over the stream with a multitude of iris specimens

A Garden Worthy of Attention

Tucked away in the side roads and trees of Bainbridge Island is an eye-catching home garden. Barbara Weissman, with help from her husband, Eric, has coordinated the creation of garden space that is more than just pretty flowers, although there are plenty of … read more

Garden of the Rising Sun - After

Garden of the Rising Sun

A home with a view is a much-sought-after property to purchase. However, trees grow, homes spring up, and a once-grand vista sometimes diminishes or disappears. For Susan and John Erickson, this would not do. Fortunately, an empty lot between their home and a … read more

A northern pygmy-owl contemplates its next move after being discovered by a flock of angry chickadees.

A Ferocious Predator Disguised as a Cute Little Owl

When people think of fierce, predatory birds, the species that come to mind are bald eagles, peregrine falcons and great horned owls. These birds are not picky and will take anything they can grab. When you see a small owl, the initial reaction … read more

The shed and raised demo beds

Historic Homestead Becomes Home to Gardens

Imagine being a young woman in Germany in the 1890s and coming alone over the Atlantic Ocean, and across the entire continental United States, to a remote peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. That is what young Dora Gummert did when she came to … read more

Bellevue Botanical Garden in autumn

Day Trip — The Region’s Finest Self-Guided Garden Tours

There is no such thing as a new idea, Mark Twain said. “We simply take a lot of old ideas, give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.” Kitsap County is the home of several botanical wonders — among them … read more

Glass Flowers

Glass ‘Flowers’ For Your Garden

Hansville artist Judy Bryant has done a variety of things in her lifetime. For several years, she worked as a draftsperson at Boeing, where she drew the designs of the captains’ panel of the 737 aircraft onto mylar sheets, using special pens. She … read more

A black turnstone surveying its surroundings on a rainy day

Leave No Stone Unturned when Searching for this Shorebird

As winter gives way to spring, migratory marine birds are journeying north to Arctic breeding grounds, including numerous species of ducks, alcids, loons, gulls and shorebirds. The latter consists of birds that live on sandy or rocky beaches and mudflats. Some shorebirds are … read more

The epithet, biloba, is Latin for two-lobed, describing the leaf that is fan-shaped and split in the middle.

A Living Fossil — Ginkgo Biloba

Once upon a prehistoric time, the deciduous Ginkgo biloba grew around the globe. When we look at this tree, we witness a living link to a primeval time, long before mammals became prolific on the planet. Under the tree’s tall canopy, the dinosaurs … read more

Never Say Done Garden

Never Say Done!

The ever-evolving garden of Ron Gillespie and Joyce...

A gravel lane heads arrow-straight through a dull flood plain west toward Dyes Inlet. But turn left off the lane into the driveway of Ron Gillespie and Joyce Merkel, and you find a profoundly different world. Strolling under a broad arbor dripping with … read more

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