How many nurseries are so modern, so inspirational, that every time you stop by you see something new and exciting? DIG (tag line: "get dirty at DIG") is one of that very rare breed and well worth the trip over to Vashon.
Just take a look at the classy web page to get a feel for owners Sylvia Matlock and Ross Johnson's cool aesthetics. Gabion pillars enclose the nursery, brilliantly colored hover pots float overhead, glass art, fountains, and a very cool assortment of tough yet unusual plants fill the nursery. The whole place is an aesthetic treat and quite unlike any other nursery I know of in the Northwest.
I spent a couple of happy hours at DIG last week. In addition to Sophie the white wonder dog (who has her own fan page!) here are a few of the head-turning sights.....like the sedum ball (left).
Dig Floral & Garden is right on the main highway: 19028 Vashon Highway SW...206-463-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It's open every day 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September (more limited hours in the off season).
Here's Sophie hanging out on one of the pretty yet indestructible outdoor rugs Sylvia sells...I got the idea for lying the rugs down over gravel at DIG (one of many good ideas for which I credit Ross & Sylvia).
Sylvia is a great colorist who doesn't shy away from intensity and contrast, as you can see in this vignette...I'd never seen this plant before.....Achemea blancheatiana, a non-hardy (darn!) bromeliad with glowingly golden strappy leaves. Richie Steffen from the Miller Garden came in within a half-hour after I left, and bought two of these stunners.
The color theme continues with martagon lilies by the front entrance to DIG
You need to experience this place yourself, but in the meantime, here's a look at some of the garden art, a glimpse of the gabion walls (left), and the tables holding such a richness of temptations...