THE ORCASONG GARDEN
With so much technology entwined with our lives, part of our mission is to provide both adults and children with the essential, healing experience of connecting with the natural world.
OrcaSong Garden offers an intimate contrast to the expansive, wide-open lavender and botanical fields in the valley below. Here, you’ll find curving paths meandering among wildflower meadows, fruit trees, vines, flower gardens, and gathering circles. You can stroll along the pond and knolls, find nooks buzzing with life, let your senses melt into the sights, sounds and fragrances all around. You’ll have good company in the many varieties of birds, including the neighborhood bald eagles, often seen soaring above or resting in the towering trees.
After many years in which this 2-acre plot was focused primarily on growing produce and cut flowers, OrcaSong Garden has been designed and created for relaxed exploration and well-being, and as a natural site for community and private events, such as concerts, classes and weddings. Its grassy promenade laps the pond, opens onto the ceremonial circle at the center of the garden. The 45-foot diameter Sky Lodge across from the pond perches in a screened circle of its own, among fruit trees and annual flower beds.
You’ll find labels for many of the plants throughout, and a demonstration garden to inspire a patch of nature to delight your senses and grow food in your own yard. We harvest produce from here and the kitchen garden for sale in the farm store, as well as for our delicious Farm to Table meals. The small, well-used greenhouse next to the demo garden is the early season wellspring of many of the plants you’ll find in this landscape.
Our pond-side natural playscape invites kids to climb, swing and crawl around on a sculpted assemblage of madrona tree branches set in a triangular sandbox, in a grove of large cedars. The garden overall was designed with kids in mind: paths flow over gently rolling knolls, inviting exploration and discovery; vine-covered, semi-enclosed spaces encourage imaginative play in safe, yet wild-feeling settings.
This is a young garden, designed and ready for evolution. Enjoy this early version… We hope you’ll return again and again to experience its growth over the seasons and years to come.