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The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in blazing fall color. Photo: Richie Steffen

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden becoming a public institution. The Garden is one of the hidden treasures of the Pacific Northwest housing a wealth of rare and unusual plants as well as serving as the home base for the educational plant promotion program Great Plant Picks. In 1948 Pendleton and Elisabeth Miller purchased five acres of land perched on high bluffs above Puget Sound. A modest ranch style house was built to sit unobtrusively on the grounds blending seamlessly into its surroundings with beautiful hand-split clear cedar siding and softly colored sandstone walls.

Elisabeth C. Miller

In the 1950s Mrs. Miller developed a passionate desire for plant knowledge. Her quest for the new and unusual went hand-in-hand with her desire to increase the palette of reliably performing plants for the Pacific Northwest maritime climate. The Garden shows her love for western North American natives with an un...

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