Chase Garden

Thank you to our 150 visitors for Foliage Weekend at Chase Garden on Sunday, October 22!  We look forward to being able to open the garden again in the future.


The regular public schedule at the garden has been suspended as of July 1, 2017, but the Garden Conservancy plans to open the garden for public events as possible. Meanwhile, we are continuing to care for the garden in keeping with Ione and Emmott’s vision and exploring a number of sustainable models for the future of the garden, including transfer of ownership to a local entity. We are also expanding and strengthening the conservation easement to provide greater protection in perpetuity for the entire property and taking steps to fully document the garden.

The Garden of Emmott and Ione Chase

Called “one of the ten most beautiful gardens in America,” the Chase Garden is a 4 ½-acre garden that artfully combines Japanese and midcentury design with the naturalistic look of a Pacific Northwest woodland landscape. Chase Garden is in Orting, Washington, located near Graham, about one hour south of Seattle and just a short drive from Tacoma.

Sitting on a bluff overlooking the grand vista of the Puyallup River Valley, forested Cascade foothills, and an unforgettable view of Mount Rainier, the Chase Garden is the perfect destination.

For over forty years, starting in the 1960’s, Emmott and Ione Chase built a creative interpretation of the natural landscape, with drifts of rock garden plants inspired by Mount Rainier’s storied “Paradise” wildflower fields.

In addition to native shrubs, carpets of trillium, fawn lilies, and vanilla leaf, in the woodland of second-growth Douglas fir trees, you will find an artful patchwork of unusual groundcovers and perennials against a backdrop of Japanese maples, colorful rhododendrons, and conifers.

The Chase Garden was bequeathed to the Garden Conservancy in 2010.



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