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A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place

By Ernie O’Byrne and Marietta O’Byrne

Photographs by Doreen Wynja

A visual feast of luscious combinations, extraordinary plants, and the dedication of two passionate gardeners.

Richie Steffen, curator of the Miller Botanical Garden

Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne’s garden—situated on one and a half acres in Eugene, Oregon—is filled with an incredible array of plants from around the world. By consciously leveraging the garden’s many microclimates, they have created a stunning patchwork of exuberant plants that is widely considered one of America’s most outstanding private gardens. In A Tapestry Garden, the O’Byrne’s share their deep knowledge of plants and essential garden advice. Readers will discover the humble roots of the garden, explore the numerous habitats and the plants that make them shine, and find inspiration in photography that captures the garden’s astonishing beauty. There is something here for every type of gardener: a shade garden, perennial borders, a chaparral garden, a kitchen garden, and more. Profiles of the O’Byrne’s favorite plants—including hellebores, trilliums, arisaemas, and alpine plants—include comprehensive growing information and tips on pruning and care. A Tapestry Garden captures the spirit of a very special place.

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"This is a love story about a couple and their relationship with an acre-and-a-half of land…​with exceptional plant descriptions that read like character references for old friends.…​Beautiful photographs and prose await."

Library Journal

About the authors

Ernie O’Byrne

Ernie O’Byrne is the co-owner of Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. Formerly a retail nursery specializing in unusual plants, it is now a wholesale nursery specializing in hellebores. Along with his wife, Ernie keeps a garden renowned for its stunning combinations and variety of habitats. You can visit the nursery’s website at www.northwestgardennursery.com.

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Marietta O’Byrne

Marietta O’Byrne is the co-owner of Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. Formerly a retail nursery specializing in unusual plants, it is now a wholesale nursery specializing in hellebores. Along with her husband, Marietta keeps a garden renowned for its stunning combinations and variety of habitats. She speaks regularly to audiences of passionate gardeners and has written for a number of gardening publications. You can visit the nursery’s website at www.northwestgardennursery.com.

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