Marianne's Three Favorite Things: July 2018


We are now into one of the most gorgeous times of year in the Pacific Northwest, as July hearkens celebration and sunshine. Whether it’s a summer cookout spent with good company, discovering new art and design destinations, or learning about our region’s botany, I hope you’ll take the time to savor all that this season brings.


ART: Walla Walla Foundry

In the far southeast corner of our state is Walla Walla, a gorgeous college town surrounded by the rolling Washington Palouse and spectacular vineyards with many familiar names like Leonetti Cellars, Canoe Ridge and Foundry Vineyards. The latter being associated with the world famous Walla Walla Foundry. The Foundry is the home of some of the best bronze casters on the planet and a mecca for many of the most famous sculptors in the world. They come from all parts of the globe to have their works cast here and it is an absolute thrill to watch the assembly process. Some of the greats whose names you might recognize are Magdalena Abakanowicz, Deborah Butterfield, Lynda Benglis and Jenny Holzer. Each year on the eve of the Summer Solstice they do a midnight pour and have a big celebration. Next time you take a road trip head to Walla Walla and give yourself a visual treat! Click here for details about the foundry.


Design: Brown Jordan

When I think of luxury outdoor furniture, I think Brown Jordan. An award-winning design firm, Brown Jordan has set the gold standard for outdoor furnishings for the past 70 years. The timeless collections and sophisticated designs are built with the utmost attention to detail and quality that will give you years of outdoor living. A wide selection provides an array of products designed to fit your unique lifestyle. Enjoy this season with furnishings that provide quality and comfort that is simply unsurpassed. Explore all that Brown Jordan offers.


Botany: The Kubota Garden

A quiet jewel is nestled in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood. The Kubota Garden offers twenty meticulously planted acres that once belonged to master landscape artist, Fujitaro Kubota. In 1927 Kubota started to design his garden, arranging North American plants using Japanese techniques. As a pioneer of the concept, his experimentation resulted in a rich array of plant materials and topography that transports you into his magical world. A true sense of calm surrounds you as you take respite from the busy city and indulge in the profound beauty within its bounds. Open daily, the Kubota Garden awaits your arrival. Read more about the garden here.