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Author Greg Graves, co-owner of Old Goat Farm, standing in front of his ambitious finished project. Photo: David E Perry

I’ve been digging in the dirt my whole life, and even managed a fairly large estate garden for a while, but an element of surprise still catches me off guard almost every year.

January 19, 2012, was a day for the record books. My garden at Old Goat Farm, about 45 miles southeast of Seattle at the foot of Mount Rainier, received about a foot of snow. Overnight, the snow changed to freezing rain, a rare weather event for the Puget Sound region. By mid-morning, trees throughout the area began to break apart under the weight of snow and ice. From within the house, the snapping branches sounded like gunfire. It quickly became too dangerous to go outside.

[pullquote]You never know what's going to go down from one year to the next in the garden.[/pullquote]

The trunk of a venerable downed oak turned garden seating is furnished with a lush cushion of moss. Photo: David E Perry

As I watched from the window, a 40-foot ...

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