Whenever we find ourselves on the central coast for more than a day or two I am often able to I cajole my husband into indulging me with a trip to the Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City. And they make it very, very easy to work in a visit – the garden is open dawn to dusk, every day. And while there is no admission charge, donations are greatly appreciated.
I don’t think I’ve ever visited this garden in late spring when it is purported to be at its peak. I’m sure it’s a veritable hort-riot heralding spring; the garden’s well-known collection of rhododendrons leading the charge, flanked by iris, primula, and hundreds of other flowering shrubs & perennials.
Alas, it seems I’m frequently visiting gardens in the off-season. An occupational hazard for those of us working in the garden biz I guess, as I’m often too busy during peak season to do as much garden touring as I’d like. Perhaps this is why I’ve developed such a fondness and appreciation for winter gardens. The starkness of winter reveals the garden’s details and allows us to celebrate the nuanced beauty of plants in all their forms.
In addition to this winter’s day visit, I have been here in fall more than once and have always found scenes to appreciate.
The garden was built over several decades by Connie Hansen, an avid gardener and artist, after she moved to this coastal town in the early seventies. At this time, the garden is run by The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy, a non-profit group committed to preserving this garden and sharing it with the public.
Today there were a number of volunteers at work in the garden even though it was bitter cold. Hardy group that.