The Russell Link Garden
The four-acre garden began to take shape 25 years ago while I was working as a Wildlife Biologist for the state of Washington. I was doing research for my book, Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. So I built brush piles for songbirds, rock piles for reptiles, ponds for amphibians, plantings for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. I continued to experiment during the writing of a second book, Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Then my focus began to shift a bit—I started planting deer and (sometimes if I’m lucky!) rabbit resistant plants. I’m now developing spaces for two-legged creatures. You’ll see the pergolas, gazebos, patios and garden benches I’ve set out throughout the landscape. The plant palate is broad, including gold and silver gardens, mixed borders, a waterfall, creek walk, ponds and pools. Garden sculpture is situated throughout the property.