PowellsWood is always evolving, and this year is no exception. The newest addition to the garden is a spacious observation deck in the woodland garden at PowellsWood. The new deck takes full advantage of a previously unused grassy area, and provides a great space to pause and reflect while overlooking the wooded valley below.
The deck is made mostly of recycled lumber from an old wharf at the Des Moines Marina. Stainless steel cording reinforces the sides, and “pin” piles, or pipe piles, support the structure, giving the deck the appearance of hovering over the ground.
A slew of plants, both native and nonnative, have been planted around the deck, including Sarcococca ruscifolia, Tricyrtis, sword fern (Polystichum munitum), Solomon’s Seal (both Polygonatum odoratum and ‘Variegatum’ varieties), Tellima grandiflora, Polystichum polyblepharum (Japanese tassel fern), Kirengeshoma palmata, and vine maples. More ferns are planned for the fall.This entry was posted on 09/10/2011 in Northwest Gardening Blog by PowellsWood