A variety of pastoral places suitable for a Mother’s Day Weekend stroll or visit exist in our area, most notably Chase Gardens, Old Goat Farm and Nursery, and a relative newcomer – the Mother’s Day Tea on the top of Graham hill on Saturday at the Lucas Art Studio during the noon-time period. Here are the particulars:
Lucas Art Studio and Gallery:
The third annual MOTHER’S DAY TEA will be held at
The Gallery on the Hill
Saturday May 7, 11am – 2pm
The art gallery is located at the top of Graham Hill, and behind it is a splendid view of Mount Rainier. The Mother’s Day Tea will include Tea and Special Refreshments, plus, a free print for Mom. Chair massages will also be available, along with new jewelry by Margie Holmes.
25201 Meridian E, Graham, WA
For more information, please call: (253)-847-0858
Chase Gardens’ Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 8, 10:00am -3:00pm
Self-guided tours $5.00 per adult
Located near Graham, Chase Gardens is a special 4 1/2 acre garden that sits on a bluff overlooking the Puyallup River Valley and features spectacular views of Mt Rainier.
The hand-wrought landscape was the lifework of Emmott and Ione Chase, and today stands as one of the finest presentations of Pacific Northwest flora. The naturalistic woodland, primarily second-growth Douglas fir trees, adjoins native shrubs and carpets of trillium, vanilla leaf, and other wildflowers.
Inspired by the flowering fields on Mt. Rainier, the garden’s meadow is filled with drifts of rock landscaping, and features expanses of perennials accented with Japanese maples, rhododendrons, and other native plants – many in spring-time bloom.
The Chase Garden
16015 264th St. E.
Orting, WA 98360
Old Goat Farm
Mother’s Day Weekend – Public Welcome
Saturday and Sunday
Three years in the making, Old Goat Farm Garden and Nursery in Graham has earned a regional and national reputation for both its high quality retail plants, and as a charming destination to relax in, stroll, or sip tea.
Located on three acres near the intersection of 200th and the Orting-Kapowsin Highway, Old Goat Farm is the loving creation of its owners Greg Graves and Gary Waller.
The Farm is a mix of beauty and functionality. Anchored by an exquisite Victorian home that dates back to 1906, one acre is devoted to strolling gardens that evoke Alice in Wonderland and British gardens. Afternoon teas are generally hosted here by appointment, and have become a favorite of garden clubs.
Adjacent to the house is the nursery area, which in turn is divvied into two halves: one, the cultivation of, and two, the retail sale of unique garden plants, suitable for any garden in the Puget Sound area.
“We specialize in plants that you won’t find at Fred Meyer or Home Depot,” said Gary Waller, the partner who handles the nitty-gritty of growing things green on the farm. “We make sure they’re hearty, and we don’t use any pesticides or chemicals.”
In addition, Old Goat has a second retail shop that offers new and antique gardening tools, and other gardening-related collectibles.
Behind all of this, on a second acre, are the goats, joined by their animal buddies: three peacocks, a bunch of rabbits, a few cats including one 25-pound orange tabby, a dog, and 65 quality-looking chickens who appear to run the show in Animal World.
“They’re all my friends,”Gary says, laughing. “Of course, with so many chickens I have a little egg business on the side, too!”
A third acre is forested and is not available to the public.
Old Goat Farm has been featured in numerous publications, including Country Home Magazine, a six-page spread in the Seattle Times, a three-pager in the Tacoma News Tribune, and most recently, a filming by the lively Paul James for his “Garden-By-The-Yard” TV show.
Generally open by appointment only, Old Goat Farm will be open the Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day Weekend. For more information: www.oldgoatfarm.com, or (360) 893-1261.