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In The Garden Of Sampson And Beasley

outdoor dinner for hundreds

What you can't see in this little pix is the flagstone stage on the left, designed for -- and featuring this very night -- Portland's own Pink Martini. photo credit: Phil Miller hide caption

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Nothing like a mega-party in a mega-garden to put stressful issues like entertaining in perspective. This past weekend, a mere 350 of us went to a fundraiser at Bella Madrona, five crafted acres almost solely maintained by my extraordinary friend Geof Beasley with no interference — quite literally — from his gracious partner, Jim Sampson.

With all the socializing, the dinner and the dancing (alas, not me), by the time we strolled the garden it was too dark for pix. But if you'd like to see a few colorful snaps of this magical place, check out the Digital Diary entry from my pre-blog days on the now deceased Web site, Talking Plants.

couple at twilight in conifer garden

So many distinct garden rooms, too numerous to mention, including highly cultivated and wonderfully wild spaces. This is a shot at dusk looking down into the conifer garden. In typical Geof Beasley style, conifers are just a part of the picture; sprawled on the ground and in delicious fat mounds are hebes, heather, grasses and always a dash or six of perennial color. photo credit: Phil Miller hide caption

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"...just around the bend, in the gardens of Sampson and Beasley. Pink Martini's song is one that got into my head, and my musical heart, the first time I heard it. I'm so happy to see some pictures. The real garden is even more lush than the one in my imagination. Thank you Ketzel, thank you Pink Martini, and thank you Geof and Jim (and the garden gods).

Sent by Kathy Hendry | 12:25 AM | 8-5-2008

Thanks for such nice complements. So glad you and the other 349 enjoyed yourselves! Geof

Sent by geof beasley | 1:23 AM | 8-5-2008

I'm delighted you know the song!

Sent by Ketzel Levine | 2:19 AM | 8-5-2008

we love the song and the pink martinis. so I asked my wife, what's with this Samson and Beasley? she deduced that it was an actual garden in the portland area. i now see she that was correct, as was i in asking her to marry me.

Sent by paul | 11:30 PM | 9-7-2008

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