Growing up in India, Elaine Hutson never dreamed of cultivating a beautiful garden. But after moving to East Multnomah County with her husband Oscar, Elaine discovered her passion.
Plus, she wanted something beautiful to look at from the windows of her home near Corbett.
“I love to walk around and look at everything,” Elaine said. “I designed it so when you look out from any place in the house you are able to enjoy all the parts and drama of the garden.”
Now 41 years later, Elaine’s two and a quarter acre lush paradise has been named the 2017 Oregon Garden of the Year by the Federation of Garden Clubs.
“I was completely surprised when I found out,” she said.
Walking through the garden leads to new discoveries every time you round a corner.
Humming birds flit through the air while bees and other pollinators dive onto blooms, a garter snake slithers along a hedge while a red-tailed hawk perches high up in the branches surveying everything. Elaine, 66, also keeps an eye on everything, walking along the paths in the mornings to make sure no blackberry vines or ivy find a foothold.
There is an open space in the middle where her four children used to invite people over for a yearly party and later where her daughter got married in front of 150 guests. A trellis lined walkway cuts through raised vegetable beds created with cement roof shingles. In front of the home a path winds through a woodland section dedicated to native plants.