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Saturday afternoon brings a wonderful surprise: a visit to the Connie Hansen Garden. Barely a block off US 101, we enter a far-from-the-madding-crowd acre of magnificent botanica, the culmination of one woman’s gardening dreams.

In 1973, Connie Hansen moved north from California (her home place was being converted to a BART station) to Lincoln City. Over the next 20 years she capitalized on the area’s cool damp climate to convert her original property (as well adjacent land she purchased) on a then-quiet beach town’s residential street into her own little piece of paradise—filling it with her particular favorites: specimen rhododendron, azalea, Japanese iris and maples, and primula, aka primroses.

Rhododendron Bloom © SR Euston

The day we visit this free public garden, it’s a glorious window of warm, bright, high spring June weather. It feels like everything is in bloom: purple and white lupine, azaleas of every hue (there’s one that’s a brilliant, profusely red-flowered ground cover in a rock garden), azure forget-me-nots, buttercups, columbine (two shades of purple/blue and a very unusual triple), pink Dutchman’s breeches, foxglove, and a positively bizarre primrose called “candelabra primrose” which my friend describes as “discs of flowers on a stalk.” The rhododendrons are in full glory. Their colors run the gamut from the merest hint of pink, through scarlet, rouge to magenta, to downright purple. There’s even one that’s white with a remarkable purple bleed. Miniature to towering, their colors burst across the winding grass paths and stream which meanders through the property, framing the miniature vistas for which artfully planned and designed gardens are so well known. Scattered in strategic locations are stone and teak benches where a visitor can sit for a moment or more, soaking in the remarkable scene.

Connie Hansen Garden

The Garden is now the work of  a nonprofit Conservancy, who run a small gift shop and bookstore, offer plants cultivated onsite, and maintain an extensive botanical library. They welcome small parties, including weddings, in the old main house. Volunteers lead guided tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Every other day any visitor is invited to wander the garden, at 1931 NW 33rd Street, from dawn until dusk. It’s free but donations are gratefully accepted.

So be sure to check out the Hansen Garden. It’s a true gift from Connie and her friends. For more information visit: www.conniehansengarden.com/

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