Chase Garden / Partner of Garden Conservancy
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The Garden of Emmott and Ione Chase
Called “one of the ten most beautiful gardens in America,” the Chase Garden is a 4 ½- acre garden that artfully combines Japanese and mid-century design with the naturalistic look of a Pacific Northwest woodland landscape. Chase Garden is in Orting, Washington, located near Graham, about one hour south of Seattle and just a short drive from Tacoma.
Sitting on a bluff overlooking the grand vista of the Puyallup River Valley, forested Cascade foothills, and an unforgettable view of Mount Rainier, the Chase Garden is the perfect destination.
For over forty years, starting in the 1960’s, Emmott and Ione Chase built a creative interpretation of the natural landscape, with drifts of rock garden plants inspired by Mount Rainier’s storied “Paradise” wildflower fields.
In addition to native shrubs, carpets of trillium, fawn lilies, and vanilla leaf, in the woodland of second-growth Douglas fir trees, you will find an artful patchwork of unusual ground-covers and perennials against a backdrop of Japanese maples, colorful rhododendrons, and conifers.
The Chase Garden, was bequeathed to the Garden Conservancy in 2010 to ensure its preservation, and to share the Chase’s vision with the public. This magnificent hidden Gem in Orting is available for private meetings and/or parties - for specifics of that phone the Director Lori Taylor for guidelines and fees.