Passion Walkway

My husband and I have been living in this 1970's ranch house since 1994.  The backyard had an old good-neighbor fence that was falling apart, a small concrete patio that only extended beneath the roof line and a large lawn area that allowed only for only a three-foot wide planting bed next to the house and the south property line.  The few fruit trees it contained were unhealthy and growing sideways toward the sun.  Most of the plants we had were rhododendrons, juniper, and declining photinia hedge.  You get the picture!  Growing up in Brazil, all those plants were unfamiliar to me, plus I never had taken care of a garden before. As a child, I enjoyed exploring my grandparent's large tropical garden, then we all moved to high-rise apartments.  Houses and gardens were not part of our lives anymore. We were left with only indoor house plants, a rare visit to a busy park in the city or an occasional vacation to the country side.

The minute I moved into our Portland house, I discovered that I loved spending time in the garden. Then, I discovered the local nurseries. I was bitten by the plant bug!  In need for a career change, I naturally fell into landscape design. 

 In the early 2000s, we replaced the old fence and built a retaining wall to improve the grade at the westside property.  A few years later I developed a conceptual plan for a new patio area and sitting wall to replace the old patio.  I chose Lyna Waggoner, from the former J&L Masonry to build it for us.  I had met her as a fellow student at Portland Community College.

Passion Wall

A few years later, my husband and I had to replace the windows of our house so I suggested replacing the window at my studio with a sliding door to improve the overall access from the backyard to the house.  Once the sliding door was installed, I went to work on a conceptual layout for the remaining backyard.  I needed a way to actually get down to the garden using the new door.   We also wanted a vegetable garden and my husband wanted a fig tree.  Years earlier, I had seen a steel trellis at a show that I fell in love with it.  Because I could not afford it at the time, I kept the artist's business card and purchased the same trellis five years later on a country road between Portland and Seattle.  Persistence!

During this time I had also been collecting plants at plant sales and local nurseries.  What to do with them?  Where to put them?  The conceptual plan took several attempts to be finalized.  It evolved throughout the process.  I discovered that it is not easy to design your own garden.  Lyna Waggoner came back to build the new landing and steps at the sliding door.  Then a few years later, Andrew Babiracki from Terra Prima, built the remaining hardscape elements, which included some welding on the site.  Afterwards, my husband and I went to work.  We brought some good soil and incorporated into our new beds, so I finally could start playing with the plants I had collected throughout the years.  A garden is never done -- it just keeps evolving.

Passion Gunnera


Ryan Beard is the featured artist in the Plant Passion Garden. Read his statement below.

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"Art is the management of contrast." -Ray Beard

Contrast is one of the central lessons I learned while working with my father. I am a metal sculptor whose work emphasizes contrast; the process is physical and utilitarian, sometimes violent, but the finished pieces reflect a certain grace. I strive to create natural, organic sculpture from industrial salvage...nuts and bolts, rebar, and gears are often featured in my pieces. My machinery requires tremendous energy, but I operate solely on wind and solar power. Ultimately, the environment and my pieces are linked, for it is the relationship between the piece and its surroundings that becomes the art.

Influences include Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, and Andy Goldsworthy; their use of shape, scale and natural form in sculpture have guided much of my work.


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2014 Designers

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design LLC

Adriana Berry, APLD
Plant Passion Design LLC

Marina Wynton
Olivine Land, LLC

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva

Bruce Hegna
Nurture/Nature Landscape Design LLC

Donna Giguere, APLD
Donna Giguere Landscape Design

Darcy Daniels
Bloomtown Gardens

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2016 Tour Sponsors


Custom Yard Construction LLC

PGM Landscape

All Season Plants


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Cascadian Nurseries

Collier Arbor Care
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Tree Experts

D&J Landscape Contractors

DeSantis Landscapes

J.P. Stone Contractors Inc.

j. Walter Landscape & Irrigation Contractor

Juanes Landscape

Tryon Creek Landscape Inc.

2016 Designers

Helena Wagner
4 Seasons Gardens, LLC

Lucy Hardiman and
Susan LaTourette
Perennial Partners

Linda Hannan
Hannan Garden Design

Bruce Hegna
Landscape Design

Lora Price
Design with Nature

Amy Whitworth
Plan-it-Earth Design

Annie Bamberger
Annie Bam Landscape Solutions

Alyse Lansing
Alyse Lansing Garden Design

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design

2014 Artists

David Best
Best Services

Mike Suri
Suri Iron

Linda Ernst
Dancing Ladies Garden

Dorothy Steel
Dorothy Steele Pottery

Patrick Gracewood
Gracewood Studio

Zoe Bacon


2013 Designers

ANLD Designers Showcasing Their Work on the 2013 Tour

 Vern Nelson
The Hungry Gardener

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva Designs, LLC

Lori Scott
Lori Scott Landscape Design

John Gawlista & Izzy Baptista
Lapis Lazuli Tile & Garden Design and
Professional Grounds Management (PGM)
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Debbie Brooks
Creative Garden Spaces

Adriana Berry
Plant Passion Design, LLC

Alyse Lansing
Joy Creek Nursery

2013 Artists

Each artist will be using one garden as their temporary gallery, showcasing how art and the landscape mutually enhance one another. Artists will be on hand to answer questions.

Ryan Beard
Victoria Shaw
Jennifer Ellsworth
Ben Dye
Gina Nash
Ivan Mclean
Jeannette Mullane
Chris Schwartz