Northwest NEWS

September 27, 1999

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Boxhill Farm to take part in Bellevue Square benefit

cat in birdbath bamboo
The nursery's young cat finds a birdbath constructed by Woodinville sculptor Judy Thomas to be a good perch. Boxhill Farm assistant manager Jake Pool is dwarfed by bamboo.
Staff photos by Lisa Allen.

Duvall nursery a haven of greenery

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   DUVALL--Marise Schader would like to see gardeners begin to break away from what she calls the "normal garden."

   Schader, who owns Boxhill Farm nursery with her husband, Bob, says the business focuses on those who want to try something different.

   "That's really the idea of the nursery," she says. "We would like to help people to get away from the foundation plantings and be more versatile."

   Indeed, the couple will be using the theme, "The Great Border Escape," in a landscape display which will be part of a fund-raising benefit next month at Bellevue Square.

   The Duvall nursery will be among ten Seattle and Eastside nurseries and garden designers which will soon be creating dream landscapes as part of Garden Sheds and Greenhouses, the 18th annual community fundraiser that will benefit five non-profit organizations.

   "Plant Dreams. Grow Gardens" is the theme of this year's benefit. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each that will give the buyer a chance to win prizes in the landscape displays. Boxhill Farm has donated a propagation shed, a stone sink, and a $500 gift certificate.

   Assistant manager Jake Pool and manager Carolyn Salisbury will be using plants, sculptures, and a birdbath constructed by Woodinville sculptor Judy Thomas.

   The event will run from October 9-November 14. Organizers hope to raise $75,000 that will go to the American Diabetes Association, Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, Habitat for Humanity of E. King County, Overlake Hospital Auxiliaries & Foundation, and Overlake Service League.

   Boxhill Farm, located across from the future Safeway store, has only been open since March, but it has been a three-year effort by the Schaders to transform the former dairy farm into the now-thriving nursery.

   The name Boxhill Farm came about because of their fondness for the English Boxwood, which abounds on the premises. There are also plenty of exotic plants, trees, and 60 varieties of grasses.

   "This is a great time to plant, especially trees," said Marise. "If planted now, trees and perennial grasses have time to make roots all winter and come up twice as big in the spring. People realize they can replant now to make their garden the way they want it. Now is the time to personalize a garden ... so when you walk to the door, you feel you have entered your own space, rather than someone else's."