Clare Dohna’s creations
Clare Dohna’s artwork can’t be contained in a frame, on a page or even on a pedestal. Instead, it slithers through a mossy glade behind her house and curls up on a hilltop. It creeps slowly, on the back of a turtle. It leads visitors step by step through her chartreuse and blue-violet perennial gardens to the forest that rings her yard.
A 50-foot-long cement snake in yellow-green skin, pebbled with blue beach rock and inlaid with diamond-shaped blue and purple mosaics, is the defining feature of Clare’s backyard. It forms a footpath that curves between raised rock garden beds.
In the front yard, a sunken rock circle with a mosaic floor sits in the center of a hilltop garden. Smaller pieces—mosaic stepping stones and tilework animal figures—are scattered throughout the garden.
The plants and the artwork in Clare’s garden complement each other so perfectly that they seem to have evolved together. And so they did, says Clare, who counts her years as a gardener from the time she and her family moved to this home on Vashon Island, Washington, 14 years ago.
“We had a small garden in Seattle, but we really started to get into it when we moved to the island,” she says.
She had worked as an artist for years by then, and she had a vision of what she wanted to create in her forest garden. View the entire story, including more photos, in a PDF.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 3:30 PM
I could only see images 1 and 2 fullsized....wish I could have seen the detail on the other 3 pics, especially image 3.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 8:57 AM
Oh my,, beautiful,, so talented... enjoy
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:28 PM
I loved this. Wish I could have seen it in full scale.Really beautiful!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:33 PM
Pretty nice, hoping I have the time soon to get that creative.
Friday, May 28, 2010 11:33 AM
Very nice! I opened to this article and knew right away it was a Vashon Island garden!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 5:52 PM
and I notice what appears to be a weeping blue atlas cedar, as well....just got one and love it!
Thursday, June 03, 2010 3:42 PM
WOOOOW!!! wish I could enjoy the peaceful that bring to myself... ENJOY!!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 5:52 PM
This is really neat and very unique. Great talent.
Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:00 PM
This is BAD ASS!!!!
Monday, June 28, 2010 11:17 AM
this is beautiful lay out. great of this plan clay tiles
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:30 PM
Beautiful garden. I love all of the colors and how well they work together.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 3:24 PM
I would love to do something like this. You are so talented thank you sor shareing your talent . I really enjoy your work
Saturday, October 16, 2010 11:44 PM
This is amazing! It looks like it came from a fairy tale. I love how neat and colorful everything is and I especially love the moss along the path. Everything just goes together so perfectly. :)
Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:52 PM
I could see a wedding taking place here-------
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:59 AM
This is absolutely beautiful! This is so wonderfully artsy for a garden!!! Great job!! :-D
Friday, March 25, 2011 3:02 PM
Very nice!! The weeping blue atlas almost look like wings of a bird and are those Japanese irises in the smaller beds by the snake? Very good splash of color usage there!! And, I love snakes too!!
I just had to move so created a new flower bed. I, myself, like rocks and unusual wood shapes.
Thanks for the beauty!!
Thursday, June 09, 2011 6:03 PM
Very interesting!!! What a great alternative to the BLAH pavers they sell in the garden centers. Creative & unique! I was looking for a unique way to create a garden path. I think something like this might fit the bill! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 7:28 PM
very nice, I really like ur yellow walk path with the blue diamonds. very
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