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Malcom Jungle – West Seattle Garden Tour Update

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One of My Favorite Surprises in this West Seattle Garden Tour garden

One of My Favorite Surprises in the Malcom Jungle

Mari Malcolm’s West Seattle Garden Tour

Mari Malcolm’s West Seattle Garden Tour day was amazing. But, online is now the only way you can take a tour of this garden. However, when she opened it publicly, over 800 visitors visited on a single Saturday. And in fact, many lined up again and again to see her amazing space.

How long did it take to prepare for this West Seattle Garden Tour?

After seven years of intensive development Mari’s West Seattle Garden Tour garden was ready. But preparing meant completing many difficult tasks.

This included hand-excavating a sunken patio space. And she also building a series of raised concrete beds. Plus they installed many metal sculptures. And there was a lot of planting involved to get ready.

Imagine this garden in person on tour…

When I arrived about mid-day on tour day, the sun was still filtered by a mild marine layer. And the day wasn’t too hot. The filtered light highlighted the textures, forms and colors in ways bright, glaring sunshine never could.

In fact, Every one of Mari’s intricate vignettes shown to perfection. From antique Finnish boot driers by a stairway to a bottle filled with bindweed to a fig tree laden with fruit to a thyme lawn highlighted with antique bottles – it was spectacular. And, of course, Mari’s signature succulent plantings were another highlight of this West Seattle garden tour favorite.

“All was breathtaking!”

And, those aren’t my words. They’re what I heard over and over from people on the tour, along with comments like:

Antique Umbrellas provide a bit of shade

Antique Umbrellas provide a bit of shade

“I almost skipped this garden, but everyone I’ve met at other gardens has told me this is the ‘must see’ garden on the entire tour.”

“I was here earlier today, and I had to come back. I’m skipping some of the other gardens just to take some more time in this one.”

“Wow! This is a very ambitious garden!”

and so on….

In between answering questions about the garden and directing traffic through it, I managed to snap a few photos of this beautiful space. Enjoy them!

Walk this way ->

Walk this way ->

Visitors Enjoying the Waterfeature from the Sunken Patio

Visitors Enjoying the Waterfeature from the Sunken Patio

Tool Suitcase overflowing with Sedums

Tool Suitcase overflowing with Sedums

Ready to tour more gardens with us?

Check out this list of gardens and take your trip beyond this West Seattle Garden Tour perennial favorite!

4 comments on “Malcom Jungle – West Seattle Garden Tour Update

  1. Karen on

    I heart Mari & Andrew’s garden! I saw it during the tour and I was just blown away! Everywhere you turn there is something special. I wish I had stayed longer but I did leave very inspired! Do they have a fan club? Sign me up! 🙂

  2. rhaglund on

    Jess, right now they don’t. They were taking emails at the tour for those who wanted to receive periodic updates. If you’d like to fill out the inquiry form here on gardenhelp.org, I’ll be happy to send them your email address to add to the list.

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