Old wooden wheelbarrow, Lakewold Gardens

If you are looking for serenity in a natural setting, I highly recommend the Lakewold Gardens about 10 miles south of Tacoma.  It is just a few minutes off of I-5 between Seattle and Portland, and I can’t believe that no one has told me about it in the 30+ years I’ve lived in this region. It’s definitely worth seeking out this “undiscovered” gem.

The gardens are on a formerly private estate, and they were the creation and vision of Eulalie Wagner.  The gardens unfold in a series of “rooms” or nooks — a rhododendron path, open lawn, fern garden, tea house and cherry trees, pond, rock garden, knot garden, etc.  At the center is the Wagner House, where visitors can enjoy a wisteria-covered veranda and peek into the elegant rooms on the ground floor.

Here are some photos to give you a sense of this special place:

The wisteria-covered veranda of the Wagner House, Lakewold Gardens

Staircase, Wagner House

Wallpaper mural covers the wall in the foyer, Wagner House

Veranda scented by white wisteria, Wagner House

Himalayan Blue Poppies, Lakewold Gardens

Rhododendrons along Circle Drive

Tea House with lattice roof

Moss-covered branches in Lookout Peace Garden

Foliage against towering evergreen trees

Allium in thee cutting garden

Unusual purple stems with leaves fanning out

In the Garden Shop, Lakewold Gardens

In the Garden Shop

Spiraling Knowledge

October 28, 2010

The trend is “toward what we think of as the future of the library — not a repository of books, but a place to get together to explore and create knowledge.”
     — Cynthia Fugate, associate dean of libraries, University of Washington (quoted in this Seattle Times article: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013205024_sulibrary20m.html)

Grand staircase in the Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons, Seattle University

I made a special trip to check out the newly remodeled Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons at Seattle U.  It’s a beautiful library, with plenty of private study rooms and group study rooms for collaborative projects.  The commons area is open to students 24 hours a day.  Makes me wish I were a student again!

Spiral staircase, Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons

Looking up the spiral staircase