(This picture was taken in 1999. The other native garden bench was completed in early 2006.)
The native garden began with a bench made from native woods (below) from our previous homesite, and is gradually being complemented with various native plants.
The lawn is now gone, a rotting tree supporting salal and huckleberry lies across the front, and Oregon grape and vine maple grow out of the openings in each end.
|When a tree is forced out of verticle after another tree falls on it, it struggles to return to upright, and often produces a curved trunk in the process. This bench was created from four such trees in the forests at our former house : douglas fir--top arch; Pacific dogwood--bottom back arch; western hemlock--center armrest support arch; and western red cedar--cantilevered front double arch. An additional rear support of western maple is not shown. Seats, back, and armrests are 5/4 cedar decking. The 400 pound douglas fir arch is heavy enough so that the cedar double arch can be supported by a rock at each end and by one in the middle.||
The crossed dogwood and fir are pictured above before they were cut. The dogwood was cut above the first large verticle trunk, and the tree is still thriving. The S-shaped cedar below forms the front of the bench.