We moved to wooded area 2.5 acres.  Our woodlands are mainly firs, pines, big leaf maples, vine maples, sword ferns and a lot of tangled blackberry vines.  Has anyone here started from scratch turning a wild woodland into a woodland garden?  Pictures,? process? 

 

 

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Kathy; thank you sooooo much for posting your pictures. Where in Wa. are you? I am in Kalama, a little antiqueing town between Vancouver and Longview. Your list of plants that do well is also very much appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
My goodness girl. You are a kindred spirit. Enjoyed your pictures.

Kathy Chretien Malnory, WA State said:
I'm in Port Angeles, WA after living and gardening in Tigard, Oregon for 24 years. Here are two photos of what I started with. The dark watery stuff was grass clippings that had been piled and left to decompose. It smelled like poo! frown. People that walked by our property on Olympic Discovery Trail would stop as I worked and ask if there was a broken sewer. One shovel at a time, one wheel barrel at a time I added the green muck to the flower beds and dug it in. I wore muck boots and had to be very careful not to fall in it!!!! Eventually this mess of branches and ick became the site of the metal

arbor in the pictures.
Patti Sherwood said:
Kathy; thank you sooooo much for posting your pictures. Where in Wa. are you? I am in Kalama, a little antiqueing town between Vancouver and Longview. Your list of plants that do well is also very much appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you Sherrie. Fred's gardens are lush and full. I like how neat his log borders look and the shredded bark makes nice paths.

Sheri Cline said:
Here's a few pictures of my friend "Fred's" place. He was my inspiration early on in woodland gardening.

Thanks Kathy, for the great list and photos. I'm doing the same thing. I have 1 acre that consists of oaks, apple trees, cottonwood, prickly ash, buckthorn, boulders...some of which is good, some not so much.

I'll look forward to more pictures from you.
Kathy, I'm about 20 miles west of you in Joyce. I am doing the same thing with 8+ acres near the Lyre River. My biggest problem is the blackberries which take over anyplace left unattended. You have to be hypervigilant with the battle! Also nettles will spring up anywhere they get a chance. Our best tool is the blade attachment on the weed eater. We try to keep the edges of the more civilized gardens wild. I am on dial up so posting pictures is difficult.
Beautiful photos everyone. The state of Washington is a world apart from central Indiana where much of the native forest is now farm land. I love the woodland ferns. My uncle used to live in Port Angeles and he grew fantastic roses.
Thanks for sharing your pictures.
Patti, In NE Ohio we have 4 acres. House site former cornfield. Our "woodsland" is a strip approx 100'x600' running from rural rd on west end to more densely wooded on east end.  There are a few pics up of me and g-kids "clearing the land" in 2003, and one of effort to "garden" a cpl of old stumps by the clearing. Every year (for last 4 yrs.) we do a lot of thinning out of saplings that are too close together and unhealthy.  Our older teen g-sons just got into trimming large trees last fall, so looking forward to some more help there as there is real need for that. I will be interested to see how you progress and will take and post some more photos this year.
I'm on the East Coast so I can't totally advise for the West Coast, but try to keep your woodland garden naturalistic in harmony with its natural flow. Don't throw in a whole lot of fancy-schmany cultivated plants, but mostly use unaltered native plants. I love your ferns.

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