By Kim Charles

Barbara Starr enjoys her wonderland of a garden on the Olympic Peninsula.

"After my husband and I retired from the Gulf Coast to the Port Townsend, WA., on the Olympic Peninsula, I spent the last four years indulging my passion for gardening in this beautiful gardening wonderland.  There had been mature plantings on the property, but many had been removed, and all had been neglected for years.  I have delighted in rejuvenating what I can and adding new beds and plants, using color and texture to design new garden rooms, while learning everything I can about climate, soil conditions, and plants, all of which are very new to me.  While both the Gulf Coast and the Olympic Peninsula have mild winters, the climates are very different; it is so much fun to grow plants that I have admired for years in catalogues, but not been able to grow where I was.  And I have been fortunate to find gardening help and friends who were willing to share their treasured plants with me.  As the gardens develop, my new goal is to make them as visually rich as possible year-round.  The resulting gardens are a source of great pleasure to us both, as well as to the hummingbirds that frequently visit."

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