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The Moss Garden at Bloedel Reserve

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“Each part of the soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event and when the last Red Man shall have perished… these shores will swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe… and when your children’s children think themselves alone in the field, the store, the shop, upon the highway, or in the silence of the pathless woods, they will not be alone… At night when… you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land.”
Farewell Speech of Chief Seath of the Suquamish Indians, Bainbridge Island, 1855

Frances Trollope angered Americans in the 1830s with the critical account of her tra­vels here, but the book is as interesting, today, for its descriptions of landscapes — the “magnif­icent” rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurel of the Alleghanies, or the profusion of flowers that seemed like a “second spring” in the autumn woods of Maryland. And forests. Forests so numerous she came to call them “wearisome” and finally said those of Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio were the worst: their tight canopy prevented undergrowth, “w...


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