Soos Creek Botanical Garden

I’d heard about the relatively new garden on the “Gardening with Cisco” show.  Today was likely to be the last nice day for a while as rain is again predicted for at least the next week.

I searched on “Auburn Botanical Garden”.  I got the cross streets but not the address.  I looked at photos.  I was all set to map the cross streets when I suddenly realized, based on Wikipedia, that it was in New South Wales, Australia!

What I actually wanted was the Soos Creek Botanical Garden which is in Auburn, WA.
It’s only about 8 miles from my home.  Not quite as far as NSW!

First, I spent about an hour walking the entire grounds.  There is actually quite a lot to see.  I made 102 photos!  These were culled to about 60 and I’ll include a few.  Next I ate my lunch while sitting on a bench in the Rain Garden.   This is a delightful garden.  It is so close I will likely return many times.

Then I did 2 sketches. First was of the pond.  In the middle is a dragonfly sculpture.  There really were lots of them about the pond.  A mating pair actually perched for a couple seconds on my water container.  They flew away much too quickly for me to get a photo, though.  They quite surprised me.  I kept in mind the techniques conveyed by Kay Barnes during her demo at Daniel Smith on painting reflections in water (see 6 October post).

Next I went back to the Demonstration Vegetable garden to sketch that nice old tractor.  This is my second tractor in less than a week (see 13 October).

By then it was 1500 and the garden was closed.


Seeing “duck butts” always makes me think of a story from humorist writer, Dave Berry.  He wrote that there are decoys made for hunters with ducks in this pose.  He thought it would be funny to put one in a large punch bowl.

An herb  bed planted in an actual bed (frame):

spider and web

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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1 Response to Soos Creek Botanical Garden

  1. Tina (miatagrrl) says:

    Great sketches and BEAUTIFUL photos! Love the duck!

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