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Four Seasons of Green: An Enduring Naturalistic Garden

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The heavily veined and pleated Gunnera tinctoria thrives in moist soil. Photographs by Barbara J Denk
Anne Clark Holt inspired and encouraged the creation of a new book, The Abundant Garden. Over the course of several years, she welcomed her friend and photographer Barbara J Denk to capture the seasons of her garden on film. Similarly, Anne devoted many hours of interviews to the author, sharing her reminiscences and stories about her magical property, as well as reviewing and approving early versions of this chapter. Hers is one of nine gardens featured in the book.

Anne died on July 23, 2004, one day before her seventy-ninth birthday, as the team was finalizing The Abundant Garden for publication. Her devotion to this project inspired them to dedicate the book to Anne. The following article is excerpted from the book and remains in the present tense, reflecting the interviews from 2002 until her death.
There is a sense that you are taking a long journey to a remote, secret place when you visit Anne Holt’s waterfront garden. Towering second-growth Douglas firs and Western red cedars soar above the worn gr...

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