I finally met up with my cousin for a day of sketching in the Dunn Gardens designed by the famous landscape architect, Olmstead.  The garden is like walking through an imaginary wonderland with woodland trails loaded with old growth Douglas firs; old rhododendron bushes some 20 feet tall; trees blooming with a variety of exotic flowers new to me; unusual colorful miniature irises, columbines, and other small blooming flowers .  There are several ponds and open meadows with a small plant bearing tiny blue flowers covering the floor.   The wonderland goes on and on and we walked through only a small portion since we selected a perfect spot in the Grand Lawn to sketch a large patch of miniature irises under a grand Douglas fir.   Looking west toward Puget sound through all the trees and tall shrubs we could see the Olympics in the far distance.  There are no words to describe what our eyes witnessed through the landscape on that sunny day this week.

Both my cousin and I lived a stone’s throw away from this reclusive garden in the city and had never heard about it in the past. Of course, as kids, I probably never paid too much attention to adult conversation.   Now, I need to go back to sketch more and reminisce my old child neighborhood.