Thomas Allsopp - artist, chaplain, and garden designer - has the most intriguing and personal little garden near Greenlake. He's always changing it out, adding some new treasure he's found second-hand, or yet another boxwood or two. Thomas loves statuary, classicism, formality, and French gardens - not necessarily in that order - and he's adept at playing around with scale and materials, plants and objects.The garden somehow manages to be both eclectic and all-of-a-piece.
Here's an early summer photo of a back corner in Thomas's garden...as you can see, this man uses every inch of his property to best advantage.
Every piece and plant has a history and a story, making the garden rich in personality and memories. "The arbor was built for the second garden that Tory Galloway and her team (me included) designed for the Arboretum Foundation at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show," explains Thomas. He bought the torso sculpture at a garage sale, the urns were lamp bases from Italy, also purchased at a garage sale. "The lamps were really quite ugly..they look so much better as urns," he says. Zeus, underneath the table, was a find from Railroad Antiques in Phinney.
"The yellow rose was in my grandmother's garden and, as you know, a plant has to be something special if it is not white to survive in my garden," says Thomas. Other plants in the vignette include his favorite silvers and whites: geraniums, Senecio greyii, a variegated hydrangea, two varieties of mock orange, variegated ivy, hardy fuchsia and gardenias, globe thistles, geum, and evergreen jasmine. The bamboo backdrop is handily provided by his neighbor's garden.
The entire scene is set in a pea gravel terrace which Thomas describes as "catching the evening light with deep shadows and peace." Which could well describe this peaceful scene from inside his home too -
If you'd like to see more photos of Thomas's sanctuary of a home and garden, check out a story I wrote in the Seattle Times a couple of years ago about his aesthetics, his work, and the lovely synchronicity he's created between his home and his garden.