After several years of trying to find a compatible nonprofit steward for this iconic garden, the Garden Conservancy recently listed the Chase Garden property for sale. The garden will continue to be stewarded with sensitivity to its significant architectural and landscape features and will open periodically to the public, as required by a conservation easement held and monitored by the Garden Conservancy,
For more information on the real estate listing, see Keller Willams Realty’s website at www.kw.com. We encourage interested parties to contact Lisamari Emery of Keller Williams Realty at telephone 425.417.1383.
For the past year, the Garden Conservancy has worked with a land use attorney to strengthen the preservation easement placed on the Chase Garden property to protect it in perpetuity. This easement has been expanded to protect significant features of the architect-designed residence and the garden created by Emmott and Ione Chase.
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 1960s, 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.